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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mmWave critical to future of 5G in USA

NYU Wireless makes 5G Channel Simulator software available for commercialised mmWave radio A 5G conference and workshop organised by US communications regulator the FCC has heard that Millimeter Wave (mmWave) frequencies are key to realising the promise of 5G networks. Speakers from NYU Wireless, Google, Verizon and and a clutch of vendors repeated the message that only frequencies in the mmWave bands provide wide enough channel bandwidth and propagation characteristics suitable to meet the future demands that wireless networks will…

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Ofcom Outlines Potential 5G Spectrum Bands

A preliminary set of spectrum frequency bands above 6GHz for 5G networks have been outlined by Ofcom, the government telecommunications authority for the UK. “global harmonisation of 5G spectrum” Different parts of the 6-100GHz range have been identified and the organisation hopes that the update, which comes after it issued a “Call for Input” (CFI) in January, will help shape the agenda for the World Radio Communication Conference in 2019 as it drives towards ‘global harmonisation of 5G spectrum’. Identifying bands…

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Plextek Powers mmWave beam steering for 5G radio

Plextek RFI has developed a compact 4-channel power amplifier design with beam steering control that it believes will address a key element of developing viable wireless access services at higher transmission frequencies. The UK design house presented details of the ‘4-Channel 26GHz Power Amplifier with 4-Bit Digital Phase Control for 5G RF Front Ends’ at the ‘5G Radio Technology Seminar’ on March 17. It offers a means of providing beam steering to enable the move to higher transmission frequencies – proposed by some for 5G…

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DOCOMO and Nokia achieve 2Gbps speeds in mmWave trial

DOCOMO is boasting data transmission speeds higher than 2Gbps at Mobile World Congress after the Japanese operator linked up with Nokia to trial mmWave technology at the 70GHz band. The downlink speeds were achieved in a joint indoor lab trial using an access point and equipment with 1GHz bandwidth, deploying PHY and MAC software enabled beam tracking. The pair are planning an outdoor trial later in the year as both look to press ahead with next-generation networks. ‘Utilising higher frequency bands…

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5G race picks up speed with Millimetre Wave Solution

Xilinx and BEEcube believe they have shortened the race to next-generation networks after they delivered ‘the world’s first millimetre wave prototyping platform solution for pioneering development of 5G applications.’ The duo are calling it ‘a complete ‘out of the box’ solution addressing the 60GHz backhaul market’ and claim it will enable the modelling of innovative mmWave designs immediately. It also looks like the technology will be demonstrated at MWC next month. “the introduction of this mmWave prototyping solution fills a huge…

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