Future Social Network Service is ETRI’s vision for 5G

Korea’s research institute ETRI posted a useful release last week listing out key enabling technologies that it says are the results of its 5G R&D. You can read it here. Notable is the mix of short range device-to-device tech, new radio tech (full duplex, MIMO, mmWave), small cells, a mobile edge platform for vehicles and backhaul for high speed vehicles. It bundles all this up into a concept it calls “Future Social Network Service” (Future SNS). It says that “future…

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ITU’s 5G gap analysis think tank gets extended remit

Will focus further on softwarisation, ICN and slicing. An ITU body formed to find gaps in 5G standardisation is to keep on working on new problems, having delivered its initial report on 5G technology. The body, known as ITU-T Focus Group IMT 2020 has been looking at network aspects of IMT-2020, spending six months looking at gaps in the standardisation process related to 5G. It focussed on areas such as “softwarization and slicing, emerging technologies, end to end QoS and a number…

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Latvia wants to leverage Nokia relationship to be 5G leader

Latvian operator LMT thinks it could be one of the first operators globally to launch 5G services, by exploiting its relationship with its vendor supplier Nokia and an investment model it used to roll out LTE. LMT’s Chairman Juris Binde told a conference of the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association that the model could even be of use in other markets. “Even though the introduction of the 5G network is several years away, LMT has developed an innovative 4G…

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NTT says it is pushing on with real world 5G tests

NTT DOCOMO has released a few details of trials of 5G enabling technology it has been carrying out in real world environments. The two most recent trials it announced, taking place in October and November, were: A mmWave (70GHz) trial it conducted with Nokia Networks at a high-rise complex in Tokyo, achieving ultra-high-speed data transmission in excess of 2Gbps. The opeator said that it was the first 5G data transmission in a commercial complex, such as a shopping mall, due…

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ITU agrees to put 5G frequency band allocation on agenda

The ITU’s WRC-15, its four-yearly spectrum harmonisation forum, has agreed that its next meeting, to be held in 2019, will allocate specific bands for 5G mobile network use above 6GHz. It further agreed that its 2019 meeting would add further agenda items for 2023. There is likely to be considerable information sharing and trading going on well before 2019, however, as vendors and operators will want certainty on certain bands in the microwave ranges well before 2019. The first 5G…

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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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Telefonica signs up for 5G research with Huawei

It’s a proven path: operator + vendor agree to jointly evaluate and research 5G technologies. The vendor gets the kudos or working directly with an operator, and also the benefit of direction and input from a potential customer. The operator gets a chance to influence research directions, and also glimpse fully behind the curtain on vendors’ labs. The latest partner onto the section of Huawei’s 5G dance card marked “operators” is Telefonica, with the two companies signing an MoU to work together on evaluating…

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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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SK Telecom steps up cmWave research to 19.1Gbps throughput

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks have said that they have achieved a max throughput of 19.1Gbps over the air, using 8x8MIMO and 256 QAM in 400MHz of bandwidth. The two companies said they had demonstrated downlink transmission from an access point operating in cmWave (6-30GHz) frequencies to a test device. Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom, said: ” With the world’s first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realising 5G. The 19.1Gbps…

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Regional 5G bodies plan to get together and form two Global 5G Events

The main regional bodies involved in developing 5G in the Americas, Europe and Asia have signed an agreement to consolidate the growing number of regional events into two, biannual, Global 5G events. 4G Americas, (Americas), The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (non-profit organization, China) and The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) (Europe) have all signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly organise two events per…

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