ITU agrees to put 5G frequency band allocation on agenda

The ITU’s WRC-15, its four-yearly spectrum harmonisation forum, has agreed that its next meeting, to be held in 2019, will allocate specific bands for 5G mobile network use above 6GHz. It further agreed that its 2019 meeting would add further agenda items for 2023. There is likely to be considerable information sharing and trading going on well before 2019, however, as vendors and operators will want certainty on certain bands in the microwave ranges well before 2019. The first 5G…

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NTT DoCoMo plans field trials of Ericsson’s 5G radio prototypes in 2016

NTT DoCoMo will take prototypes of radios equipped with capabilities that could form part of 5G networks into field trials as early as 2016, according to a news release from Ericsson. The release said that Ericsson is readying the following: Radios including features such as multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) and beamforming, that operators can deploy in live outdoor and indoor network environments and across multiple sites Radio access prototypes integrated with cloud-based network slicing Designs with 64 radio chains and 128 antenna elements…

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5Qs on 5G: Citrix

Inside5G’s 5Qs on 5G series explains who is doing what in 5G. In this episode it is the turn of optimisation and application delivery platform provider Citrix. Its Netscaler hardware and software based virtual appliances control and manage the delivery of applications across service provider networks, while its ByteMobile Adaptive Traffic Management and Analytics products provide optimisation and insight into application and network performance. So how does it see itself fitting into, and shaping, the development of 5G networks? Here Inside5G continues its series…

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Telefonica signs up for 5G research with Huawei

It’s a proven path: operator + vendor agree to jointly evaluate and research 5G technologies. The vendor gets the kudos or working directly with an operator, and also the benefit of direction and input from a potential customer. The operator gets a chance to influence research directions, and also glimpse fully behind the curtain on vendors’ labs. The latest partner onto the section of Huawei’s 5G dance card marked “operators” is Telefonica, with the two companies signing an MoU to work together on evaluating…

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Ericsson’s 2021 5G forecast a question of definition

Ericsson has said there will be 150 million 5G subscriptions by 2021 – a large number for the industry to have achieved just a year after standards-compliant 5G networks are expected to be launched commercially. On the face of it – that looks like a massive success for 5G. Ericsson seems to think so too, as it makes it the lead stat on Ericsson’s publicity for the report. Consider that there are even now “only” 850 million LTE subscriptions, fully six…

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Mobile Edge Computing used to support live tests of assisted driving

Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer and Nokia Networks say they have demonstrated communication between vehicles via the LTE cell network with latencies of less than 20 milliseconds. The companies carried out demonstrations of assisted braking and co-operative overtaking using Mobile Edge Computing technology to site application software on compute platforms co-sited at LTE base stations. For the demos, a section of the Deutsche Telekom network was equipped with “cloudlet” MEC technology from Nokia Networks, and upgraded with position-locating technology developed by Fraunhofer ESK. This combination delivered signal…

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Nokia Networks gets 5G welcome to China Mobile Research Institute

Parties to combine on 5G research and on fostering Standards cooperation In the past two years, Nokia has signed not one, but two billion Euro framework agreements for the supply of LTE equipment to China Mobile, so it would make sense for the two companies to also combine on research into new mobile technologies. That’s probably why Nokia has just become the first network equipment manufacturer from outside China to sign a 5G-related MoU with China Mobile’s research arm, CMRI.…

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ZTE’s latest research centre a Tokyo story

For the top vendors, you’re nothing if you haven’t got a string of research centres bearing your name, ringing the world like a bracelet engraved with its owner’s name. The latest research centre to open is ZTE’s 4G/5G research centre in Tokyo – bringing the vendor’s research lab portfolio to a hefty 20 across the world. Although the centre does not bear SoftBank’s name, clearly ZTE felt the need to have some research capability close to its important Japanese customer. In July ZTE…

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