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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NTT DoCoMo plans field trials of Ericsson’s 5G radio prototypes in 2016

NTT DoCoMo will take prototypes of radios equipped with capabilities that could form part of 5G networks into field trials as early as 2016, according to a news release from Ericsson. The release said that Ericsson is readying the following: Radios including features such as multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) and beamforming, that operators can deploy in live outdoor and indoor network environments and across multiple sites Radio access prototypes integrated with cloud-based network slicing Designs with 64 radio chains and 128 antenna elements…

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Mobile Edge Computing used to support live tests of assisted driving

Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer and Nokia Networks say they have demonstrated communication between vehicles via the LTE cell network with latencies of less than 20 milliseconds. The companies carried out demonstrations of assisted braking and co-operative overtaking using Mobile Edge Computing technology to site application software on compute platforms co-sited at LTE base stations. For the demos, a section of the Deutsche Telekom network was equipped with “cloudlet” MEC technology from Nokia Networks, and upgraded with position-locating technology developed by Fraunhofer ESK. This combination delivered signal…

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Telefonica, IMDEA to open Spain’s first 5G lab

Ericsson first vendor on board Spain is to get its first 5G lab, opening in November. The centre, called 5TONIC, was developed with the backing of  Telefónica and IMDEA Networks and the companies want it to be a place where actual real world, pragmatic tests can be undertaken It says this will make it “the first laboratory in Europe that proposes taking on such investigative processes from an eminently practical point of view” – although that might be disputed by the centres in…

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NTT DoCoMo completes macrocell trial of MU-MIMO, plus new waveforms and coding

Huawei and DOCOMO Collaborate on Large-Scale Field Trial of New Radio Access Technology Huawei announced today a large-scale field trial of new radio access technologies conducted jointly with NTT DOCOMO in an outdoor test site in Chengdu, China. The trial saw Huawei was stream live video of trial activity to its booth at the CEATEC JAPAN 2015 trade show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. The trial was of large-scale Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), with a concurrent connectivity of 24 user devices in the macro-cell environment on…

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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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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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Wi-Fi To Drive 5G Development

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has released a report in which it indicates that Wi-Fi networks will drive an ‘explosion’ in new service developments, including 5G. Titled ‘Towards 2020’ and compiled by Maravedis Rethink Research, the report argues that the widespread deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks is driving further cellular convergence and the development of innovative services. “the perfect environment for service innovation” Whilst providing an overview of the state of the Wi-Fi sector and new capabilities, it gives an update…

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Finland To Facilitate 5G Future

Finland is in pole position to lead the drive towards 5G in Europe, according to a leading professor. Heikki Hämmäinen, Professor of Communications and Networking at Aalto University, speaks about the death of the SIM card, the growth of indoor networking and the role Finland can play in it all. ‘Because of Nokia, the history with Ericsson R&D and now Huawei being here in Finland with R&D, there is a long tradition in radio communications research,’ claimed Hämmäinen. ‘I consider that level…

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