EU and Japan Sign €12m 5G Co-Op

The European Union and Japan have agreed to co-operate on 5G and will plough €12 million into 5G development projects over the next two years. The deal, which was announced on Friday, details that the pair will collaborate on standards, identifying new harmonised radio band frequencies for spectrum and co-operate on 5G applications such as connected cars and e-health. “our countries are ready to take leadership in building our digital future” ‘Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the…

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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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MoU Season For 5G As Companies Link Up

The bells are ringing as we move into what must be 5G wedding season. Two high-profile Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) were signed this week as companies continue to take a co-operational approach to the network. Firstly, Alcatel-Lucent, recently acquired by Nokia Networks, has signed a collaboration with South Korea’s KT. The pair will work to test technologies before eventually introducing 5G mobile networks and infrastructure. “a way to … accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry” Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised Radio Access Network…

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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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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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5Qs on 5G: With Telekom Austria

With eight European subsidiaries, the Telekom Austria group is one of the major telecommunications players in south of the continent and the largest in its home market. Moving forward, the company is closely following the path of NGMN as it looks to evolve its network for 5G. Sascha Zabransky, Director of Service Network & IT, spoke to Inside5G to talk about how the operator is proceeding in order to meet the challenges of a new generation. How are you approaching the subject of 5G?…

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ITU Group To Scrutinise 5G Standardisation Requirements

A focus group within the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will push ahead to identify fixed network standardisation requirements for the 5G development of IMT-2020. The group’s activities will concentrate on identifying the standardisation needs of the wireline elements of 5G networks and building on analysis of IMT-2020 studies being undertaken by other entities. With any interested party encouraged to participate, the group plans to work intensely to complete a study before ITU’s December meeting on future networks. “coordination of ITU’s standardisation and…

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5Qs on 5G: With Cambridge Consultants

Founded in 1960 with the aim of putting ‘the brains of Cambridge University at the disposal of the problems of British industry and to provide solutions to real world problems’, Cambridge Consultants is now putting its mind to 5G technology. Paul Beastall, director of telecommunications strategy at the firm, spoke to Inside5G about how the consultants view the next-generation network. What is your focus in terms of 5G? At present, our work is focused on strategic research and early stage…

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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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