DoCoMo now working with lucky 13 5G vendors

… as Nokia announces 5G to LAA and LTE interworking trials with the operator NTT DoCoMo has released the names of five more vendors it is working with on 5G research, bringing the total number of vendor engagements to 13. The latest five are Intel, Keysight Technologies, Panasonic, Qualcomm Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz. The operator will be working with these companies to widen the technical range of trials at its R&D Centre in Yokosuka, with work starting before the end of March…

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FANTASTIC-5G starts its two year programme to research sub-6GHz 5G

Another week, another whackily named research project gets under way. After NORMA last week, this week those involved in the FANTASTIC-5G project get down to work. The project’s name is drawn from the following title words: Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation. As that suggests it wil focus on the air interface, specifically on developing “a new multi-service Air Interface (AI) for below 6 GHz through a modular design”. The project will develop technical components below and integrate…

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Alcatel-Lucent forges 5G research partnership with leading German university

Alcatel-Lucent will work closely with Technische Universitát Dresden as they look to develop key 5G technologies. Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, will fund the research partnership with the university’s 5G Lab Germany to further understand and drive 5G requirements and solutions. The collaboration will focus initially on two areas of research: the use of multiple device-to-radio connections to enhance reliability, and further analysis of the proposed 5G air interface. The agreement continues the trend of using university-led research to assist the development of…

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MoU Season For 5G As Companies Link Up

The bells are ringing as we move into what must be 5G wedding season. Two high-profile Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) were signed this week as companies continue to take a co-operational approach to the network. Firstly, Alcatel-Lucent, recently acquired by Nokia Networks, has signed a collaboration with South Korea’s KT. The pair will work to test technologies before eventually introducing 5G mobile networks and infrastructure. “a way to … accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry” Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised Radio Access Network…

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Nokia makes 5G positioning key part of Alcatel-Lucent merger

Nokia made 5G R&D one of its key rationales for its  €15.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) . “France will be home to a huge R&D headquarter, as well as a 5G innovation centre” The merger means that Nokia now boast ALU’s strength in Cloud and IP routing areas , whilst it will locate a 5G/Small Cell research and development centre in France. CEO Rajeev Suri also called out 5G as one of the key capabilities converged operators will need to compete successfully…

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Bell Labs President Rejects 5G Hype

Marcus Weldon, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm Bell Labs has suggested the talk of 5G which is swarming this year’s Mobile World Congress is irrational and ‘ridiculous marketing.’ “it’s based on nothing. We like to say it’s about the digitisation of everything, people and machines” ‘We pride ourselves as being the most rational’, he said, speaking to Mobile World Live. ‘Everyone now expects the bar in 5G to be 5Gb/s, but it’s based on nothing. We like to say it’s…

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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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Freescale and Bell Labs team up to create 5G ‘Universal Remote Node’

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs and Freescale Semiconductor today claimed that they will create an industry-first ‘universal remote node’ that can be used for any combination of wireline and wireless connections as they target network evolution towards 5G. By the first quarter of 2017, the pair plan to unveil a proof of concept of the technology, which the companies said would take the form of a universal access device that can support both wireline and 5G wireless processing in a single architecture. Such…

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Can we please not sell 5G till we’ve shifted all our 4G kit?

Come on people. Stop calling everything 5G, it’s ridonkulous. The race to label everything 5G is silly because it doesn’t even exist yet and in any case even if there is 5G it will involve a stop-off at 4.5G, which is handy because we have lots of 4.5 technology to sell. I mean, by all means go ahead and sell your gear just don’t call it 5G. Still, just as well Alcatel-Lucent is taking this realistic position on 5G. One could…

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