Impressions of 5G at MWC Review: what do we know now we didn’t know before?

Mobile World Congress closed on Thursday with most attendees coming away with 5G etched on their brain. So how exactly has MWC contributed to our fuzzy knowledge of the next-generation? ‘Inside5G’ asks, and answers, the key 5G questions. But more importantly we ask, what do we know now that we didn’t before the event? When? Let’s start with the easy one (if we ignore “pre5G” and “5G enabling” technology launches in the interim). The wide consensus is that this will be…

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5Qs on 5G: With NGMN

Image Credit: Chinamobile ‘Inside5G’s ‘5Qs on 5G’ series is back and it comes courtesy of Philipp Deibert of NGMN, just after the association has released its much-discussed White Paper at the Mobile World Congress. So there’s no better time to catch up with the NGMN Alliance to find out exactly what they’re all about. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G? The NGMN Alliance is an industry organisation of leading world-wide Telecom Operators, Vendors and Research Institutes and…

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Huawei Say It’s Time To Discuss 5G NOW

Huawei’s deputy chairman and acting CEO Ken Hu has put pressure on the industry to push forward towards 5G in the wake of suggestions that it is too early to talk about the next-generation network. At Tuesday’s Mobile World Congress keynote, Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf echoed the views of 5G cynics when he argued ‘we don’t need to make a huge technology jump when LTE is providing some of this already’ – but the Chinese company does not agree. “Everything we…

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Europe Want To Avoid 5G War

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger has warned that Europe will ‘not stand a chance’ in the race to 5G unless authorities aid the continent’s drive towards the next-generation network and suggested co-operation, rather than competition, is the way forward. Having already been criticised for sluggish movement with regards to 4G, the EU will be looking to cooperate with China, Japan and the USA (having already signed an agreement with South Korea) as it aims to help companies catch up in the…

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And then there were eight: Huawei and Mitsubishi join DOCOMO 5G trials

Huawei is the latest vendor at MWC to have released details of 5G trials with NTT DOCOMO. Huawei and NTT DOCOMO will collaborate in field trials of 5G Radio Access Technologies as they hope to validate foundational radio access technology for future networks in Japan in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games. The trials will investigate possible air-interface technologies, with a focus on sub-6GHz spectrum as well as mmWave technologies and techniques such as massive MIMO and full…

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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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Busy Calendar for 5G – more events added

As talk of 5G gathers pace, the conference planners are getting in on the act.  A clutch of events are scheduled for the first half of 2015: here’s your guide to what is happening where, and when. Organisers seem to want to move the concept of 5G on from its academic stages to something more tangible for the industry. The majority of focus seems to be based on the basics – namely, is there a great enough need for 5G and,…

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Huawei’s Ultra Node makes headlines… again

Image credit: techradar.com Huawei’s Ultra Node antenna certainly looks like it’s about to take flight, and it has been flying around 5G news stories for some time. Last Friday (30th January), Techradar.com reported on the prototype of the base station and featured several snaps of the antenna standing proudly in Huawei’s Shenzhen, China campus – but the ‘alien pods’ are not new. Huawei ‘unveiled its Ultra Node prototype design’ way back in February 2013 at the Mobile World Congress and…

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