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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Proactive caching in 5G networks

“Living on the Edge: The Role of Proactive Caching in 5G Wireless Networks” is a paper by Ejder Bastug, Mehdi Bennis and Merouane Debbah that recently won an award for best tutorial article from the IEEE Communications Society, 2016. The paper outlines a couple of potential use cases for edge computing, with a focus on the potential benefits that the deployment of proactive caching at the network edge could bring. One of the co-authors, Mehdi Bennis, has written a brief outline of the themes…

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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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5Qs on 5G: With Accedian Networks

Accedian Networks certainly has a few things to say on the subject of 5G as it looks to maintain its reputation for service provider SDN, mobile backhaul and small cells moving into the next-generation. Scott Sumner, VP Solutions of Development and Marketing, is realistic about 5G, and speaks about what he sees as a strictly evolutionary network. What can Accedian contribute to 5G? 5G networks will be increasingly dynamic, crowded with competing applications, and will require exceptional QoS. Coordinated multipoint…

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Nokia Delivers 5G Deployment Directions

Following studies on dense deployments in Madrid and Tokyo, Nokia has released ten deployment recommendations (you can see them listed at the bottom of this post) for 5G that it believes will ‘provide the required capacity and end user data rates that will be needed’. “LTE Advanced will be sufficient to provide the required capacity … for 2020” With mobile data traffic already doubling every year, Nokia justifies the evolvement towards 5G with the need for more capacity. This need will…

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Telstra Invest In Cohere’s Modulation Tech

Telstra has backed its chief scientist’s suggestions for a new modulation scheme for 5G by leading a $35 million funding round for mobile startup Cohere Technologies. Telstra’s Hugh Bradlow, speaking at last week’s NGMN conference on 5G, claimed Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS) could provide a candidate unified air interface for 5G in response to the growing demands for higher capacity and coverage in wireless networks. “by working with Cohere we can improve … as we move into a highly connected future and…

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5G at MWC: a preview of who is doing what in 5G at MWC

Like it or not, and many don’t, 5G is going to be a major theme at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Time will tell if the demos we will see will be justified headliners or merely attempts to be seen to be doing something relevant to 5G. But with the event just days away, ‘Inside5G’ takes a look at what 5G demos and news we can expect to see at Mobile World Congress. Gathering of the clans – industry bodies…

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5G race picks up speed with Millimetre Wave Solution

Xilinx and BEEcube believe they have shortened the race to next-generation networks after they delivered ‘the world’s first millimetre wave prototyping platform solution for pioneering development of 5G applications.’ The duo are calling it ‘a complete ‘out of the box’ solution addressing the 60GHz backhaul market’ and claim it will enable the modelling of innovative mmWave designs immediately. It also looks like the technology will be demonstrated at MWC next month. “the introduction of this mmWave prototyping solution fills a huge…

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