5G-PPP mmMagic project given OK for live mmWave trial in France

One of the two operators contributing to the mmMagic (Millimetre-Wave Based Mobile Radio Access Network for Fifth Generation Integrated Communications) project has been given permission by its national regulator to conduct trials in bands over 6GHz.

Orange has been told by French regulator ARCEP that it can carry out trials until the end of 2016 in (as yet unspecified bands) between 6-100GHz in the town of Belfort.

mmMagic began its work in July 2015, and is a two year project within the 5G-PPP umbrella. It role, as the name suggests, is to look at the technical, architectural and management challenges of designing a radio acces technology (RAT) suitable for use in mmWave bands as part of an overall 5G multi-RAT.

There are no further details as yet as to what technical trials Orange will be hosting but technologies under assessment in mmMagic include: “cooperative beam-forming and tracking techniques to address the specific challenges of mm-wave mobile propagation. The project will also undertake radio channel measurements in the 6-100 GHz range, and develop and validate advanced channel models that will be used for validation and feasibility analysis of the proposed concepts and system”.

Telefonica, the other operator involved in the Project, has not yet outlined any trials to be undertaken in its territories as part of mmMagic, although the operator is a contributor to several 5G research projects, including the UK’s 5GIC. And on a separate note Telefonica I&D is part of the XHAUL mmWave for backhaul project based in Bristol, UK.