Operator alliance NGMN identifies next targets for 5G

Uniform test models, defining an overall architecture, and exploring V2X technologies will form key focus for NGMN in “coming years” The NGMN – an alliance of mobile operators that seeks to outline network technology requirements from an operator perspective – has announced three new 5G-related activities. It’s notable that two of the items are related to putting a global shape on work that is ongoing in other bodies, suggesting that de-fragmenting and de-duplicating 5G R&D is something that NGMN’s members…

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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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5G probably won’t be speaking TCP/IP as we know it

A new working group has been set up within ETSI to provide a central repository and thoughtspace for those who think that 5G will require new protocols that are more optimised to the properties of cellular networks. An ETSI statement said that The Next Generation Protocols Industry Specification Group (NGP ISG) has been set up to, “provide a forum for interested parties to contribute by sharing research and results from trials and developments in such a way that a wider audience can…

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Ericsson’s 2021 5G forecast a question of definition

Ericsson has said there will be 150 million 5G subscriptions by 2021 – a large number for the industry to have achieved just a year after standards-compliant 5G networks are expected to be launched commercially. On the face of it – that looks like a massive success for 5G. Ericsson seems to think so too, as it makes it the lead stat on Ericsson’s publicity for the report. Consider that there are even now “only” 850 million LTE subscriptions, fully six…

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4G Americas calls for ITU-R to step up on 5G

5G spectrum demands assessed by 4G Americas A co-authored white paper on potential 5G spectrum requirements has called for the ITU-R to step up on 5G, and make sure technical standardisation and 5G spectrum identification and harmonisation proceed in a co-ordinated way. A paper from 4G Americas calls on ITU-R to make sure it identifies frequency bands in a timely manner, and also that it acts as a key driving body for 5G standardisation (bold text below by Inside5G). Standards development and…

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Fisking Frost & Sullivan’s 5G Cars release

The thorny question of what 5G will be has been a hot topic for years now. However, in all the definitions, we haven’t seen many as, well, limited(?) as this press release from Frost & Sullivan. It seems the analyst has produced a report called The Global Advent of 5G in Cars. Not having stumped up the $6,500 for this report, Inside5G will not pass judgement on the actual report, but the press release advertising the report doesn’t instil confidence. Let’s…

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5Qs on 5G: With Alhussein Abouzeid, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Liberation Technology: Co-ordinating research in the USA and Finland, meeting the key 5G challenges. Alhussein Abouzeid is a Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA. He also has a visiting Professor appointment with the Department of Communications Engineering at University of Oulu, Finland, which is funded by a Finnish Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) Fellow award from The Tekes Funding Agency for Innovation. He is also co-directing a cross-national effort called WiFiUS, wireless innovation between…

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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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NGMN to get cracking on 5G work programme

Business, technical, architecture, spectrum and IPR requirements all get dedicated work groups. NGMN, the operator-led group that would like to lead the industryb on 5G developments, has laid out its programme of workfor the rest of this year. NGMN’s aim is to build on its white paper release earlier this year – with NGMN partners having “committed a significant number of experts” to contribute to the work programmes. The group is clearly keen to build on the momentum established with…

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ITU agrees to call IMT-2020… IMT-2020, sets next steps for 5G

The ITU-R working group dedicated to IMT-2o2o (the group looking at the radio bit of 5G, to you and me) has just finished a week long meeting in San Diego. To mark the event the ITU produced a press release on the results of the meeting. These appear to be: 1. It’s going to call its work in this area IMT-2020. Which is, of course, what it is already calling its work in this area. Did it take a week…

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