Future Social Network Service is ETRI’s vision for 5G

Korea’s research institute ETRI posted a useful release last week listing out key enabling technologies that it says are the results of its 5G R&D. You can read it here. Notable is the mix of short range device-to-device tech, new radio tech (full duplex, MIMO, mmWave), small cells, a mobile edge platform for vehicles and backhaul for high speed vehicles. It bundles all this up into a concept it calls “Future Social Network Service” (Future SNS). It says that “future…

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ITU’s 5G gap analysis think tank gets extended remit

Will focus further on softwarisation, ICN and slicing. An ITU body formed to find gaps in 5G standardisation is to keep on working on new problems, having delivered its initial report on 5G technology. The body, known as ITU-T Focus Group IMT 2020 has been looking at network aspects of IMT-2020, spending six months looking at gaps in the standardisation process related to 5G. It focussed on areas such as “softwarization and slicing, emerging technologies, end to end QoS and a number…

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Latvia wants to leverage Nokia relationship to be 5G leader

Latvian operator LMT thinks it could be one of the first operators globally to launch 5G services, by exploiting its relationship with its vendor supplier Nokia and an investment model it used to roll out LTE. LMT’s Chairman Juris Binde told a conference of the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association that the model could even be of use in other markets. “Even though the introduction of the 5G network is several years away, LMT has developed an innovative 4G…

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NTT says it is pushing on with real world 5G tests

NTT DOCOMO has released a few details of trials of 5G enabling technology it has been carrying out in real world environments. The two most recent trials it announced, taking place in October and November, were: A mmWave (70GHz) trial it conducted with Nokia Networks at a high-rise complex in Tokyo, achieving ultra-high-speed data transmission in excess of 2Gbps. The opeator said that it was the first 5G data transmission in a commercial complex, such as a shopping mall, due…

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