Telstra Invest In Cohere’s Modulation Tech
Telstra has backed its chief scientist’s suggestions for a new modulation scheme for 5G by leading a $35 million funding round for mobile startup Cohere Technologies.
Telstra’s Hugh Bradlow, speaking at last week’s NGMN conference on 5G, claimed Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS) could provide a candidate unified air interface for 5G in response to the growing demands for higher capacity and coverage in wireless networks.
“by working with Cohere we can improve … as we move into a highly connected future and a 5G world”
Cohere Technologies will now use the hefty investment from the Series C round to bring the modulation technology to market; Telstra will begin testing the OTFS capability in its network through trials in the ‘coming months’.
‘We already have strong backhaul and access networks,’ said Telstra Group managing director networks, Mike Wright. ‘We anticipate that by working with Cohere we can improve this further as we move into a highly connected future and a 5G world.’
“This funding enables us to move OTFS closer to the market “
Bradlow indicated that seeing how alternative technologies like OTFS pan out would be a more effective way of undergoing the tricky evolution to the next-generation, rather than the industry coalescing around one solution too quickly. He would like to see a “bake-off” of candidate technologies, he said, and he felt that OTFS has a lot to offer.
‘This funding enables us to move OTFS closer to the market and begin working with strategic groups on enabling this technology in next generation wireless specifications and solutions’ said Shlomo Rakib, President and CEO of Cohere Technologies.
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