Alcatel-Lucent forges 5G research partnership with leading German university

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Alcatel-Lucent will work closely with Technische Universitát Dresden as they look to develop key 5G technologies.

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, will fund the research partnership with the university’s 5G Lab Germany to further understand and drive 5G requirements and solutions.

The collaboration will focus initially on two areas of research: the use of multiple device-to-radio connections to enhance reliability, and further analysis of the proposed 5G air interface.

The agreement continues the trend of using university-led research to assist the development of 5G, after Nokia recently announced its intentions to work with the University of Kaiserslautern.

Professor Gerhard Fettweis, who heads the universities 5G Lab Germany, said: “With Alcatel Lucent’s system insights and know-how we can address the most relevant challenges in designing and operating highly reliable and resilient mobile networks.”

“We investigate a theoretical framework that allows us to analyse waveforms, find performance bounds and find low-complexity designs for implementation.

“The second project targets on new Access technologies as an enhancement of the dual-connectivity transmission approach and joint coordination among multiple radio access technologies to meet various service requirements.”

The collaboration agreement will attempt to address the capability of 5G networks to meet future connectivity demands and users’ high expectations for the technology’s performance.

The 5G Lab technology consortium, which opened in September 2014, consists of 20 professors from Technische Universitát Dresden and more than 500 scientists, focussing primarily on research concerning Wireless and Networks, Tactile Internet Applications, Silicon Systems and Mobile Edge Cloud.

Todd Sizer, head of wireless research in Bell Labs, added: “Bell Labs is working closely with customers, key government funded projects in Europe and with leading universities like TU Dresden to collectively define what 5G should and will be.” Alcatel-Lucent also has collaboration agreements in place with companies such as NTT Docomo, KT and Freescale.