Ericsson to fund new 5G research projects in Brazil

Ericsson has said it will invest in new research projects to expand its presence in 5G research in Brazil, where it already sponsors 5G radio research with the Federal University of Ceará (UFC).

The new projects will be based at the University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and will start work in 2017. The new research* will focus on three areas: advanced MiMo, device to device radio resource allocation, and sensor networks. D2D systems are one proposed mechanism for enabling highly localised, low latency, often ad-hoc connectivity. Ericsson’s work looks like it is intended to improve potential QoS for such potential networks – with an emphasis on throughput hinting that it is interested in exploring content-related services in relation to D2D. 

Additionally, the vendor is establishing a “5G test system” in the country,  partnering with América Móvil. The 5G and IoT test systems will, from 2016, provide live test networks for industrial and other partners to try out applications and test 5G capabilities. Ericsson said bringing tech “out of the lab into live test networks” is essential for the commercialisation of the technology by 2020. 

* An Ericsson statement said that the University-led projects will investigate:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems with USP and UNICAMP: networks that communicate without human input; autonomous communications systems based on sensors. These could for example provide the foundation for road systems that communicate with road authorities in case of emergency, weather systems that monitor road conditions, and self-driving cars.
  • MiMo (multiple-input multiple-output) with UFC: transceiver design with multiple antennas on base stations and user terminals (MiMo) systems.
  • D2D (Intelligent radio resource allocation) with UFC: control and provision Quality of Service in 5G systems. Using algorithms and radio resource allocation techniques, the idea is to enable higher bit rates and improved user satisfaction for 5G mobile communications systems.