FCC trial applications show vendors gearing up 5G prototype demos

Nokia, Ericsson, National Instruments and Cable Labs have all asked US regulator FCC for permission to demonstrate and test 5G technology and prototypes in a range of spectrum bands in upcoming weeks. The applications show that vendors are at the stage of testing and demonstrating prototype base stations to their customers, some at current spectrum bands and other at higher bands.  Nokia has an application to demonstrate “prototype (5G) communication equipment” at its premises in Sunnyvale, California, from 8 August to 23 September. Its application…

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Ericsson slices up network slicing Proof of Concept

NTT DoCoMo said it had demonstrated a Network Slicing Proof of Concept, using commercial technology from Ericsson. The trial saw the operator design network slice and selection functions, with Ericsson’s performing the control and management of the slicing in the network. There wasn’t any further detail as to which elements were used, the architecture deployed, or indeed what slices were defined and created. Perhaps there will be more detail on offer at 5G World in London,where the companies say they will…

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5G pre-MWC, it’s all happening

It looks like 5G is actually going to move from being the up and coming topic at MWC, to forming much of the bulk of the discussion at the event itself. Just this week we have seen: 1. Vodafone announce its 5G R&D partners. In a blog post, the company said it would be working with Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Intel and Qualcomm to evaluate technologies and work on standards submissions. 2. Ericsson announced that it had achieved a 25Gbps headline rate,…

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It’s too early for Europe to get defensive on 5G, Mr Commissioner

Surely it’s too early for arse-covering on 5G? We’re not even at the early standards stages of 5G, so it’s a bit premature to press the “don’t panic/actually do panic” switch. Yet there are signs of twitchiness at the European Commission, given its public summons of leading operators to discuss what can be done to get a move on with turning Europe into a 5G wonderland. As there has been no official statement, beyond that interestingly targetted leak (by whom?) to…

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NTT DoCoMo plans field trials of Ericsson’s 5G radio prototypes in 2016

NTT DoCoMo will take prototypes of radios equipped with capabilities that could form part of 5G networks into field trials as early as 2016, according to a news release from Ericsson. The release said that Ericsson is readying the following: Radios including features such as multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) and beamforming, that operators can deploy in live outdoor and indoor network environments and across multiple sites Radio access prototypes integrated with cloud-based network slicing Designs with 64 radio chains and 128 antenna elements…

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Ericsson’s 2021 5G forecast a question of definition

Ericsson has said there will be 150 million 5G subscriptions by 2021 – a large number for the industry to have achieved just a year after standards-compliant 5G networks are expected to be launched commercially. On the face of it – that looks like a massive success for 5G. Ericsson seems to think so too, as it makes it the lead stat on Ericsson’s publicity for the report. Consider that there are even now “only” 850 million LTE subscriptions, fully six…

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Telefonica, IMDEA to open Spain’s first 5G lab

Ericsson first vendor on board Spain is to get its first 5G lab, opening in November. The centre, called 5TONIC, was developed with the backing of  Telefónica and IMDEA Networks and the companies want it to be a place where actual real world, pragmatic tests can be undertaken It says this will make it “the first laboratory in Europe that proposes taking on such investigative processes from an eminently practical point of view” – although that might be disputed by the centres in…

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5G without borders: defining a European one stop shop for 5G infrastructure services

One of the promises of 5G is that it will bring about a transformation not just in network technology but in operator business models. Indeed the two are symbiotic: arguably 5G cannot happen without this transformation, and this transformation can only happen with 5G. One of the principal drivers of that transformation will be the ability to provide new service capabilities to enterprise “verticals”. And one of the principal drivers of those new service capabilities will be a network that can deliver…

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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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Ericsson Uses 5G Volvo Truck In Swedish Mines

Ericsson is using a Volvo truck as a 5G mobile device to trial test networks in Sweden, where it is hoping it can improve productivity and safety in mines. “a truck is used to transport ore in a mine” Part of the 5G for Sweden program, the pilot scheme is an insight into how 5G will be able to affect industry verticals . In this case, the technologies, which including both new and existing, are being used for remote control operations,…

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