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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5Qs on 5G: MycomOSI

The latest in our 5Qs on 5G series sees Sandeep Raina, Product Marketing Director explain how MYCOM OSI, a company that provides assurance and analytics within mobile networks, will fit into the 5G ecosystem.  Can you define where in 5G networks MYCOM OSI’s technology will play? As Communications Service Providers (CSPs) make the transition to digital service providers, with the help of big data analytics, cloud technologies, heterogeneous HSPA/LTE/WiFi/5G access and ultra-fast, agile service delivery capabilities, they must recognise that their operational environment…

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Ericsson slices up network slicing Proof of Concept

NTT DoCoMo said it had demonstrated a Network Slicing Proof of Concept, using commercial technology from Ericsson. The trial saw the operator design network slice and selection functions, with Ericsson’s performing the control and management of the slicing in the network. There wasn’t any further detail as to which elements were used, the architecture deployed, or indeed what slices were defined and created. Perhaps there will be more detail on offer at 5G World in London,where the companies say they 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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Nokia Networks clarifies and revisits 5G concept architecture

Can you unveil a concept? It seems like a bit of a PR move to put out a whole press release because you have been doing some thinking. That is what Nokia Networks did today, as it “unveiled” a concept architecture for 5G networks. But despite the “launch” tag that Nokia Networks has put on this, Inside5G readers should really see this as revision – a useful primer on how it might be possible to build the sort of dynamic,…

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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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Vendors and operators combine to develop 5G architecture concepts

Telco architectures never die, they just decompose 5GPPP has brought together a clutch of major vendors and operators to work under its auspices on developing new concepts, and potentially commercialised technology, that would support a new architecture suitable for 5G. The key challenge of a 5G network architecture is to be able to allocate resources across multi-layer networks to service use cases with very different performance and security requirements. To do that from within a single 5G network will almost…

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How 5G could transform cellular business models

Professor Mischa Dohler was at the Johannesberg Summit May 10-12th. Below he gives his thoughts on how the Summit’s 5G discussions have moved over the past two years, and an outline of what he spoke about – including how 5G could change some current business models. 5G was high on the list of topics at the annual summit at Johannesberg Castle, Stockholm earlier this May, as the royal gates were opened for wireless and mobile ICT professionals. King’s College London professor,…

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Huawei Takes More Low-Key Line on 5G

Whilst the hop to 4.5G does not mean that Huawei has lost sight of a great jump to the elusive fifth-generation, in a recent interview with Global Telecoms Business, director Ding Yun has offered an unusually humble insight to the Chinese company’s focus on 5G. “the aim to get 5G off the core network … is very much on the agenda” Whilst 4.5G, set to be deployed commercially in 2016, will have 10 millisecond latency and the ability to connect 30…

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