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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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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Proactive caching in 5G networks

“Living on the Edge: The Role of Proactive Caching in 5G Wireless Networks” is a paper by Ejder Bastug, Mehdi Bennis and Merouane Debbah that recently won an award for best tutorial article from the IEEE Communications Society, 2016. The paper outlines a couple of potential use cases for edge computing, with a focus on the potential benefits that the deployment of proactive caching at the network edge could bring. One of the co-authors, Mehdi Bennis, has written a brief outline of the themes…

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Nokia Networks gets 5G welcome to China Mobile Research Institute

Parties to combine on 5G research and on fostering Standards cooperation In the past two years, Nokia has signed not one, but two billion Euro framework agreements for the supply of LTE equipment to China Mobile, so it would make sense for the two companies to also combine on research into new mobile technologies. That’s probably why Nokia has just become the first network equipment manufacturer from outside China to sign a 5G-related MoU with China Mobile’s research arm, CMRI.…

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Anite brings test and modelling smarts to UK’s 5GIC

The UK’s 5G Innocation Centre, the government-backed 5G research alliance based at the University of Surrey, has a new participant. Test and measurement company Anite is the latest company to join the partnership, which already counts test company Rohde & Schwarz amongst its members, as well as a clutch of operator and equipment vendors. Anite said that its channel emulation and testing tools will help researchers simulate radio conditions and protocols for potential 5G networks. Anite was a leader in some early channel modelling work as…

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