5G spec process starts for real at 3GPP meeting in Busan

Today is the last day of a five day meeting being held in Busan, South Korea. The meeting, of the 3GPP’s RAN Working Group one and officially numbered 3GPPRAN1#84, has seen around 400 delegates gather together to develop specifications of next generation radio network and air interface technologies. Host of the meeting, Samsung Networks, described the meeting as the first at which work to determine specifications of 5G radio and air interface standards happened in earnest. A release from Samsung said, “This meeting…

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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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NTT DoCoMo completes macrocell trial of MU-MIMO, plus new waveforms and coding

Huawei and DOCOMO Collaborate on Large-Scale Field Trial of New Radio Access Technology Huawei announced today a large-scale field trial of new radio access technologies conducted jointly with NTT DOCOMO in an outdoor test site in Chengdu, China. The trial saw Huawei was stream live video of trial activity to its booth at the CEATEC JAPAN 2015 trade show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. The trial was of large-scale Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), with a concurrent connectivity of 24 user devices in the macro-cell environment on…

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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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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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Huawei Backs Chinese Students To Innovate In 5G

Huawei has shown its commitment to innovation in 5G by backing a university competition in China focused on the next-generation network. The 2015 5G Algorithm Innovation Competition, hosted by Altera, Xidian University, and Terasic, is the industry’s first to look solely at 5G and is also sponsored by Intel and Spreatrum along with Huawei. “Huawei believes this event can help facilitate the collaborations among the key players in the industry” It forms part of the already established ‘InnovateAsia 2015 FPGA…

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How 5G could transform cellular business models

Professor Mischa Dohler was at the Johannesberg Summit May 10-12th. Below he gives his thoughts on how the Summit’s 5G discussions have moved over the past two years, and an outline of what he spoke about – including how 5G could change some current business models. 5G was high on the list of topics at the annual summit at Johannesberg Castle, Stockholm earlier this May, as the royal gates were opened for wireless and mobile ICT professionals. King’s College London professor,…

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Finland To Facilitate 5G Future

Finland is in pole position to lead the drive towards 5G in Europe, according to a leading professor. Heikki Hämmäinen, Professor of Communications and Networking at Aalto University, speaks about the death of the SIM card, the growth of indoor networking and the role Finland can play in it all. ‘Because of Nokia, the history with Ericsson R&D and now Huawei being here in Finland with R&D, there is a long tradition in radio communications research,’ claimed Hämmäinen. ‘I consider that level…

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ITU Group To Scrutinise 5G Standardisation Requirements

A focus group within the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will push ahead to identify fixed network standardisation requirements for the 5G development of IMT-2020. The group’s activities will concentrate on identifying the standardisation needs of the wireline elements of 5G networks and building on analysis of IMT-2020 studies being undertaken by other entities. With any interested party encouraged to participate, the group plans to work intensely to complete a study before ITU’s December meeting on future networks. “coordination of ITU’s standardisation and…

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5G Professor backed by Ericsson calls for no more “G’s”

By Richard Maher Things are finally coming together for Professor Mischa Dohler’s vision of the tactile internet, for which 5G is a key enabler. He is head of telecommunications research at Kings College London (KCL), which has just signed a partnership with network giant Ericsson. ‘They are going to give very expensive equipment to Kings that will be placed within the college,’ claimed the excited professor. ‘They are also going to give us access to their 5G developments which is…

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