What is being tested at the 5GIC

Defining the future at the 5GIC The noise surrounding 5G has been deafening so far in 2016, with companies from across the world staking their claim to pioneering the technology and racing to be first to market with related infrastructure. Announcements heralding the launch and demonstration of tangible 5G applications are premature, however, as the technology is still very much in the early development phase. Work is currently being undertaken that will define the scope, success and time to market…

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FCC to approve 110GHz of new spectrum for mobile services

The FCC is today holding an open meeting at which it will “consider” – in effect is likely to approve – a Report and Order that proposes opening up a total of 11GHz of spectrum for mobile services. The proposal is for bands to be made available at the 28 GHz (27.5-28.35 GHz), 37 GHz (37-38.6 GHz), and 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz) bands, and an unlicensed band at 64-71 GHz. Here’s how that looks: The proposal for licensed use in the…

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FCC trial applications show vendors gearing up 5G prototype demos

Nokia, Ericsson, National Instruments and Cable Labs have all asked US regulator FCC for permission to demonstrate and test 5G technology and prototypes in a range of spectrum bands in upcoming weeks. The applications show that vendors are at the stage of testing and demonstrating prototype base stations to their customers, some at current spectrum bands and other at higher bands.  Nokia has an application to demonstrate “prototype (5G) communication equipment” at its premises in Sunnyvale, California, from 8 August to 23 September. Its application…

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UK regulator wants to know how 5G will impact on fixed wireless services, opens consultation

UK communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation to consider the future of spectrum currently used by fixed wireless services,  investigating how these bands might be impacted by the advent of 5G access and increased mobile backhaul demands. The consultation refers to assessing the impact on fixed wireless services in bands from sub-6 GHz right up to 130-174.8 GHz. The regulator noted that WRC-15 – the ITU-hosted mega-meeting that meets every four years to harmonise spectrum allocations – identified the 1492-1518 MHz band (currently…

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Verizon completes first 5G radio specs

Verizon said it has completed its first 5G radio specifications, as it progresses a “common and extendable platform for Verizon’s 28/39 GHz fixed wireless access trials and deployments”. The carrier said it is currently in pre-commercial trials for the “fibre via wireless” application of “5G” – whereby it seeks to use “5G” technologies to provide very high throughput fixed wireless access to buildings and businesses. Verizon added that it will have commercial deployment of this use case in 2017. “The completion of the…

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Operator alliance NGMN identifies next targets for 5G

Uniform test models, defining an overall architecture, and exploring V2X technologies will form key focus for NGMN in “coming years” The NGMN – an alliance of mobile operators that seeks to outline network technology requirements from an operator perspective – has announced three new 5G-related activities. It’s notable that two of the items are related to putting a global shape on work that is ongoing in other bodies, suggesting that de-fragmenting and de-duplicating 5G R&D is something that NGMN’s members…

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