Ethernet in the fronthaul opening up 5G potential

Research into ways to extend intelligence and monitoring capabilities into fronthaul connectivity may be a key enabler for developing new 5G network architectures, according to Kent University’s Nathan Gomes. Kent University has been researching the use of Ethernet for fronthaul, and the challenges associated with that, as lead member of the iCIRRUS project, which is part of the EU’s Horizon2020 programme. Gomes’ team is also investigating where to site intelligence in the network – whether to have smart or  dumb Remote Radio…

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Nokia and NI Demo 10Gbps Speeds Over mmWave Spectrum

Nokia Networks and National Instruments have kickstarted the conversation about spectrum once again at the Brooklyn 5G Summit with their 10Gbps speed demonstration. The system operated over the air in the mmWave spectrum, at 73GHz, and Nokia claims that the speeds ‘will offer users enough capacity wherever they go to perform every function they desire without a drop in speed or connection, no matter how many people are connected ’. “one of the world leaders in characterising high-frequency spectrum” Lauri…

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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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Huawei Say It’s Time To Discuss 5G NOW

Huawei’s deputy chairman and acting CEO Ken Hu has put pressure on the industry to push forward towards 5G in the wake of suggestions that it is too early to talk about the next-generation network. At Tuesday’s Mobile World Congress keynote, Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf echoed the views of 5G cynics when he argued ‘we don’t need to make a huge technology jump when LTE is providing some of this already’ – but the Chinese company does not agree. “Everything we…

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5G at MWC: a preview of who is doing what in 5G at MWC

Like it or not, and many don’t, 5G is going to be a major theme at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Time will tell if the demos we will see will be justified headliners or merely attempts to be seen to be doing something relevant to 5G. But with the event just days away, ‘Inside5G’ takes a look at what 5G demos and news we can expect to see at Mobile World Congress. Gathering of the clans – industry bodies…

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Rahman Jamal: How We Can Reach 5G

Image Credit: all-electronics.de Rahman Jamal, of National Instruments, has clarified a few ways in which 5G can turn from a speculative concept into a deployable technology in an article on ‘TechWeekEurope’. The global technology and marketing director of the company claims that technology such as ‘New 5G waveforms, network densification, massive MIMO, and mmWave communications may be incrementally deployed along a time curve and as such are not mutually exclusive and may be complementary’. To reach unprecedented data rates and…

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5Qs on 5G: With ETSI

ETSI, CTO Adrian Scrase is the subject of the next instalment of Inside5G’s ‘5QS on 5G’ series as he discusses the shift to working on the next generation of mobile technology. “I would suggest that the biggest challenge is to ensure that 5G starts to have a recognisable face,” he tells us. 1. What is the main purpose and focus of your involvement in 5G? ETSI is the home of the GSM standard, which was the basis of the most successful 3G family…

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Ericsson looks to slice the cake for 5G

Sliced ‘networks on-demand’ are the answer to matching the increase in variety of resource-hungry 5G use cases – that’s according to a White Paper released today by Ericsson. The Swedish company estimates that ‘traffic volumes will be multiplied 1,000 times; 100 times more devices will require connectivity; some applications will demand data rates 100 times the speeds that average networks currently deliver’ to name just a few challenges, and are proposing that the concept of network slicing may become a critical…

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Announcing Inside 5G

Making sense of the 5G hype… What is this blog? It’s an up to date, live repository for information, links, comment, opinion and news related to the development and discussion of 5G and supporting technologies. Why now? Well, it’s that time – we can ignore it no more. 5G is a thing even if it is not an actual “thing” in network definition terms. There are vendor white papers, conferences, even press releases name-checking 5G, not to mention a plethora…

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5G global Conference Liveblog Day Two

Keith Dyer was at the 5G Global Conference in Berlin, bringing live updates. Relive Day 2 here. 

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