5Qs on 5G: With OMA

If only it were as easy as tearing the LTE infrastructure down and assembling a brand spanking new 5G system. One of the greatest challenges in the move to 5G though, may be in making it interoperable with its predecessor – where services need to co-exist across network layers. The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) was formed back in 2002 to deliver open specifications for interoperable services, bridging OS, device and network boundaries. Now, as 5G approaches, Communications Director Elizabeth Rose speaks…

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A 5G patent pool would be great, but probably won’t happen

A 5G patent pool would be great, but it will be very difficult to achieve, according to a top patent lawyer. One thing that NGMN, the body that sees itself as leading on operators’ requirements on 5G, would like to see happen differently in 5G compared to 4G is the patent licensing regime. The operators involved would like to see 5G act as an enabling technology for other industries, and avoid being seen as too expensive. Rules that might be…

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5Qs on 5G: With Tele2

Self-professed “challenger” Tele2 wants to make 5G about more than speed. Sure, speed and low latency are good to have, but the operator has its eye on exploiting flexible networking technlogies to create a personal, virtual, optimised network for each user. CTIO Joachim Horn spoke to Inside5G about how the company is aiming to keep up with the competition for the next-generation. What is the purpose of Tele2 in terms of 5G? We want to build on the success of LTE and make…

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Can Nokia afford to back Europe too hard on 5G?

Nokia Networks CTO, Hossein Moiin, has spoken out on his hopes for spectrum and suggested that Europe is the natural leader for 5G technology. Speaking to Mobile World Live, Moiin claimed that spectrum was a key enabler for the next-generation network. ‘I believe that this spectrum will be granted to us in 2019 so commercial deployment can only begin after that,’ he said. “real mass-deployment can only begin post-2020” ‘However, we will have standardised versions available, perhaps as early as…

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5G Professor backed by Ericsson calls for no more “G’s”

By Richard Maher Things are finally coming together for Professor Mischa Dohler’s vision of the tactile internet, for which 5G is a key enabler. He is head of telecommunications research at Kings College London (KCL), which has just signed a partnership with network giant Ericsson. ‘They are going to give very expensive equipment to Kings that will be placed within the college,’ claimed the excited professor. ‘They are also going to give us access to their 5G developments which is…

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5G Tech Announcements Ahead Of NGMN Conference

NGMN’s Industry Conference & Exhibition 2015 in Frankfurt starts tomorrow. Much of the focus is set to be on the conference, where NGMN will pull apart its white paper, presenting in more depth than previously how it sees 5G use cases, technology requirements and technology candidates. But there will also be a small exhibition alongside the conference, so as well as providing live updates from the conference programme, Inside 5G will bring you details of any technologies or research making their debut ot…

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3GPP publishes initial timeline for 5G

3GPP has endorsed what has been described as ‘a tentative timeline for the standardisation of next generation cellular technology, also known as “5G”.’ Whilst you will not see an arrow showing you “5G begins here”, the timeline shows that much of the 3GPP’s work will begin later this year as it looks to develop candidate technology, a radio access network and potential new architecture in line with the expectations of IMT2020. It may be helpful, at this point, to regard IMT2020…

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5Qs on 5G: With Tekes’ 5thGear

Tekes, a publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland, has recently set up 5thGear, a new funding programme for 5G. For the latest instalment of ‘5Qs on 5G’, ‘Inside5G’ spoke to the Programme Manager, Mika Klemettinen to find out what to expect of ‘5thGear’. What is the main purpose and focus of your involvement in 5G? At the beginning of 2015, Tekes launched 5thGear as one of three digitalisation related programs. It will run for five…

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5Qs on 5G: With 3GPP

Stemming all the way back from 1998 when it aimed to make a globally applicable 3G system based on GSM, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has certainly overseen a lot of change in network technology. As the journey towards 5G picks up speed following the recent Mobile World Congress, ‘Inside5G’ spoke to 3GPP’s Marketing and Communications Officer Kevin Flynn to see how the project is looking towards the next-generation. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G?…

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5Qs on 5G: With NGMN

Image Credit: Chinamobile ‘Inside5G’s ‘5Qs on 5G’ series is back and it comes courtesy of Philipp Deibert of NGMN, just after the association has released its much-discussed White Paper at the Mobile World Congress. So there’s no better time to catch up with the NGMN Alliance to find out exactly what they’re all about. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G? The NGMN Alliance is an industry organisation of leading world-wide Telecom Operators, Vendors and Research Institutes and…

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