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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University of Bristol Showcase (Potentially 5G) Full Duplex Tech

The University of Bristol will demonstrate a prototype for single antenna full–duplex radio, a candidate air interface technology for 5G which could double the capacity of wireless systems. “the preferred choice for operators when upgrading to 5G networks” Full-duplex radio is a transceiver which can transmit and receive at the same time and in the same frequency band. The prototype will have electrical balance duplexing to allow for this dual capability. A spokesperson claimed it will be ‘the preferred choice…

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5G ‘Robocop’ A Reality For SK Telecom

A robot traffic officer, dubbed ‘Robocop’, was the highlight of SK Telecom’s 5G demonstrations at this week’s World IT Show in Seoul. The demo used In Band Full Duplex (IBFD), which enables ‘simultaneous in-band uplink and downlink communication by cancelling signal interference in real time, to enhance spectral efficiency’. Current networks cannot transmit and receive signals at the same time on the same channel, leaving mobile operators having to choose between FDD or TDD to allow communication between handsets and base…

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Korea Watch: want to lead in 5G? Easy, move HQ to a new building

LG UPlus claims that its (admittedly quite impressive-looking) new headquarters will help push the carrier to the front of the race for 5G. “the company will leap into a number one position in the field of the next fifth-generation mobile network” ‘With the relocation to a new head office building, the company will leap into a number one position in the field of the next fifth-generation mobile network  and Internet of Things technology,’ said a company official. ‘LG Uplus has changed…

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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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5G at MWC: a preview of who is doing what in 5G at MWC

Like it or not, and many don’t, 5G is going to be a major theme at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Time will tell if the demos we will see will be justified headliners or merely attempts to be seen to be doing something relevant to 5G. But with the event just days away, ‘Inside5G’ takes a look at what 5G demos and news we can expect to see at Mobile World Congress. Gathering of the clans – industry bodies…

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Trendspotting: Giving Tech A 5G Rebadge

The announcement regarding the commercialisation of eICIC from SK Telecom and Nokia Networks seems to have worked in promoting the pair as pathfinders in 5G. The news is being reported as laying ‘groundwork for 5G commercialisation’. In fact, eICIC is a feature defined squarely within LTE-A specifications. You may well also need it to successfully manage heteregenous networks which include 5G networks as part of the mix. But eICIC as 5G? The companies claim that by bringing eICIC to market,…

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