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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5G spec process starts for real at 3GPP meeting in Busan

Today is the last day of a five day meeting being held in Busan, South Korea. The meeting, of the 3GPP’s RAN Working Group one and officially numbered 3GPPRAN1#84, has seen around 400 delegates gather together to develop specifications of next generation radio network and air interface technologies. Host of the meeting, Samsung Networks, described the meeting as the first at which work to determine specifications of 5G radio and air interface standards happened in earnest. A release from Samsung said, “This meeting…

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mmWave critical to future of 5G in USA

NYU Wireless makes 5G Channel Simulator software available for commercialised mmWave radio A 5G conference and workshop organised by US communications regulator the FCC has heard that Millimeter Wave (mmWave) frequencies are key to realising the promise of 5G networks. Speakers from NYU Wireless, Google, Verizon and and a clutch of vendors repeated the message that only frequencies in the mmWave bands provide wide enough channel bandwidth and propagation characteristics suitable to meet the future demands that wireless networks will…

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5GIC details 5G architecture for context-centric networks

Architecture proposes new protocols to enable “always sufficient” user experience. 5G may require a “disruptive”, revolutionary cellular network architecture, according to a report released by the UK’s premier 5G research institute, 5GIC. 5GIC has outlined the capabilities of a new network architecture – termed the Flat Distributed Cloud (FDC) architecture – in a white paper released yesterday. The paper states that the new architecture is intended to provide the foundation for context-aware networks that provide a user experience that is…

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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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Kumu Networks trials full duplex in Deutsche Telekom 5G trial

Deutsche Telekom’s 5G innovation “space” 5G:haus has been having a look at full duplex technology from Kumu Networks, and it appears to like the look of early results from the trial. Full duplex technology, which uses interference cancellation algorithms to transmit and receive in the same channel, is often mentioned as a potential  enabling technology for a 5G radio that could operate at much faster speeds. Telekom said that trials had “successfully demonstrated the potential of the technology to increase spectral efficiency.” That will be…

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