Stanford Among First To Set Up Home at 5G:haus
Deutsche Telekom hopes its new innovation laboratory ‘5G:haus’ will provide a home for research firms, startups and network vendors as the drive to develop 5G enabling technologies continues.
“5G:haus will allow us, in cooperation with leading partners, to develop the architecture, to foster innovation and to steer standardisation work”
Deutsche Telekom’s chief technology officer, Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, said. ‘The 5G:haus will allow us, in cooperation with leading partners, to develop the architecture, to foster innovation and to steer standardisation work. The lab will also provide a platform to engage with our customers at a very early stage of 5G development.’
Stanford University became the first industry partner to grab a room, bringing its SoftRAN development along, which is essentially a distributed data-centre technology.
‘We want to take the philosophy of programmability and modularity to the mobile network,’ said Stanford’s Sanjay Katti, before explaining that SoftRAN creates a horizontal, distributed data-centre layer on which network services can be deployed on COTS hardware.
It sounds like he thinks Stanford’s SoftRAN will be deployed at a city level, close enough to the user to be able to meet system latencies. Of course, there are those who think base stations, even devices, themselves may form part of the cloud architecture. DT has not joined one group of like-minded thinkers – the Mobile Edge Computing Alliance, and when questioned on where he saw intelligence going in the network, Jacobfeuerborn pointed to SoftRAN as evidence of DT’s current thinking.
Deutsche Telekom will be pushing ahead with proof of concept trials of the technology as it looks to find the best way of getting a flexible, low latency service architecture.
“We will be able to assess candidate technologies and will make consistent contributions to the process of developing a global 5G standard”
The likes of Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, Qualcomm, Huawei, and a host of startups will also share a bed at ‘5G:haus’, along with the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence which conducts research in areas such as robotics and intelligent factories.
‘We will be able to assess candidate technologies and will make consistent contributions to the process of developing a global 5G standard,’ continued Jacobfeuerborn. ‘We look forward to engaging with our listed partners and are open to welcoming more of them in the near future.’
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