DoCoMo now working with lucky 13 5G vendors

… as Nokia announces 5G to LAA and LTE interworking trials with the operator NTT DoCoMo has released the names of five more vendors it is working with on 5G research, bringing the total number of vendor engagements to 13. The latest five are Intel, Keysight Technologies, Panasonic, Qualcomm Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz. The operator will be working with these companies to widen the technical range of trials at its R&D Centre in Yokosuka, with work starting before the end of March…

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Deja Vu? Ericsson taking wideband antennas into the field with Softbank

Ericsson has said it is taking some 5G trials into the field with Softbank. Details in its release are sparse, beyond the usual 5G rhetoric (“common understanding of 5G use cases and deployment scenarios” etc). But it looks from this section quoted below that the company will be looking into wide bandwidth antennas and some higher frequencies, perhaps still in the sub-6GHz area as well as one higher band? (For reasons which will quickly become clear, Inside5G thinks this might…

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FANTASTIC-5G starts its two year programme to research sub-6GHz 5G

Another week, another whackily named research project gets under way. After NORMA last week, this week those involved in the FANTASTIC-5G project get down to work. The project’s name is drawn from the following title words: Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation. As that suggests it wil focus on the air interface, specifically on developing “a new multi-service Air Interface (AI) for below 6 GHz through a modular design”. The project will develop technical components below and integrate…

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5Qs on 5G: Rohde & Schwarz sits our test on testing

The latest to take our quick 5G questionnaire is Arnd Sibila, Technology Marketing Manager, Rohde & Schwarz. Arnd brings a test perspective to 5G, with R&S involved in supporting many of the research initiatives current in Europe and globally at the moment. The crucial questions are, will 5G require new test capabilities, and if so, what are they?  What is R&S’s role in the development of 5G? As 5G requirements are becoming clearer, it also becomes apparent that these requirements are extremely challenging…

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

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…

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Huawei Backs Chinese Students To Innovate In 5G

Huawei has shown its commitment to innovation in 5G by backing a university competition in China focused on the next-generation network. The 2015 5G Algorithm Innovation Competition, hosted by Altera, Xidian University, and Terasic, is the industry’s first to look solely at 5G and is also sponsored by Intel and Spreatrum along with Huawei. “Huawei believes this event can help facilitate the collaborations among the key players in the industry” It forms part of the already established ‘InnovateAsia 2015 FPGA…

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5G ‘Robocop’ A Reality For SK Telecom

A robot traffic officer, dubbed ‘Robocop’, was the highlight of SK Telecom’s 5G demonstrations at this week’s World IT Show in Seoul. The demo used In Band Full Duplex (IBFD), which enables ‘simultaneous in-band uplink and downlink communication by cancelling signal interference in real time, to enhance spectral efficiency’. Current networks cannot transmit and receive signals at the same time on the same channel, leaving mobile operators having to choose between FDD or TDD to allow communication between handsets and base…

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Ericsson Uses 5G Volvo Truck In Swedish Mines

Ericsson is using a Volvo truck as a 5G mobile device to trial test networks in Sweden, where it is hoping it can improve productivity and safety in mines. “a truck is used to transport ore in a mine” Part of the 5G for Sweden program, the pilot scheme is an insight into how 5G will be able to affect industry verticals . In this case, the technologies, which including both new and existing, are being used for remote control operations,…

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5Qs on 5G: With DNA

Helsinki-based telecommunications company DNA is the latest in a line of operators to talk to Inside5G about how it is approaching 5G networks. Despite the Nordic countries seemingly taking a leading role in Europe, Tommy Olenius, vice-President of Technology at DNA, argues that there in no rush towards the next-generation. Can you describe how you are approaching the subject of 5G? There is no rush to 5G as the 4G network is still under construction , and therefore we are…

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5Qs on 5G: With Orange

Orange has a keen focus on the next-generation as it looks to sustain the company’s position. Nicolas Demassieux, Senior Vice President at Orange Labs Research, spoke to Inside5G about how he expects 5G to be a totally different network. How are you approaching the subject of 5G? Orange is playing an active and leading role in the on-going work around 5G, both internally and at an industry level. With 5G deployment estimated to start from 2020 at the earliest, it is important…

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