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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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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ZTE’s latest research centre a Tokyo story

For the top vendors, you’re nothing if you haven’t got a string of research centres bearing your name, ringing the world like a bracelet engraved with its owner’s name. The latest research centre to open is ZTE’s 4G/5G research centre in Tokyo – bringing the vendor’s research lab portfolio to a hefty 20 across the world. Although the centre does not bear SoftBank’s name, clearly ZTE felt the need to have some research capability close to its important Japanese customer. In July ZTE…

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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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