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Celebrating 5 Months in 5G!

Elena Neira
December26/ 2016

This month marks our 5 month ‘5Gversary’ since we went live:   To celebrate, we are sharing with partners, friends and all of you in the 5G community a great story about how our content is shared and recognized around the web as the most relevant together with others like the Wall Street Journal, Mobile World Live, Seeking Alpha, Mashable, Business Wire, Quartz and Qualcomm.

 

 

A Great ‘5G-versary’ Story About How People Find and Share Our Content:   The story we’d like to share is that Providence High Tech News (PHTN) is raking “5 Things Happening in 5G” among the top-20 sources of 5G content. According to PHTN, their articles are put together searching the Internet (and/or private databases) using algorithms to identify and rank the most relevant concepts and then return the most relevant snippets for their articles.  The other sources cited for the article include major publishers such as Wall Street Journal and Quartz. Sources also include market analysts such as Seeking Alpha, and major industry players such as Qualcomm.

The Journey is Just Starting:   We feel so lucky to work everyday in the company of an incredible and  global ecosystem of companies, organizations and people who care about realizing the next generation mobile technologies, services and applications to make the world better connected. Our team is inspired every day to try harder. In just a few months since we went live, we have launched  the ‘5G Magazine”, the “Infographics” and “5 Things Happening in 5G.” This is just the beginning of a journey we hope to continue making with your company. Many other 5G-versaries to come…
Finally, for those of you who would like to explore the content behind today’s celebration story, here is the link to PTNH’s article “What’s a 5G Smartphone”  as well as the link to our “5 Things Happening in 5G” article(s).

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5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
December21/ 2016

 

Happening in 5G, China’s decisive path to 5G continues and after recruiting Taiwan last month, this month Japan’s DoCoMo joins as participant in the IMT-2020(5G) Promotion Group Trial. Operator US Cellular reports 5G test results in the 15 GH band, and says it reached 9 Gbps up to 240 meters; NTIA delivers remarks on spectrum sharing with focus on 5G; ITU completes wireline enablers for 5G study; and interest in 5G continues to increase, Google trends reports a 10% uptake on Google searches for “5G” worldwide.

 

“Mobile Is a Shifting Landscape, Know the Terrain” – 5 Things Happening in 5G


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China Adds DoCoMo to IMT-2020(5G) Promotion Group Trial

DoCoMo says that it has signed a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) with the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT) to jointly investigate the standardization of 5G technologies and available frequency bands. CAICT is China’s national research organization in charge of policies and standardization strategies on information and communication in the country. Based on the MOU, DoCoMo will participate in the 5G Trial activities launched by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group which is CAICT’s initiative to verify 5G technologies, and to drive research and development to help standardize 5G. During the trial, DOCOMO and CAICT will also study a possible frequency bands for 5G networks. DoCoMo had joined the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group in August-2016 to cooperate with major mobile providers and vendors on 5G R&D and standardization, including adding major options of 5G’s frequency bands as equipment and test specifications

Source: DoCoMo News Room



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US Cellular 5G Trial in 15 GHz Reaches 9 Gbps

U.S. Cellular and Ericsson are reporting successful completion of  5G testing in the 15 GHz spectrum band which achieved peak throughput of 9 Gbps at a distance of 787 ft. (aprox. 240 meters) to bring the next-generation mobile network technology one step closer to deployment. Using this 15 GHz band, Ericsson installed 5G radios on a tower currently in commercial service. The over-the-air test was possible using an experimental FCC license. It run under varying environmental conditions to simulate real world use.  The tests evaluated a number of new radio access (NX) carrier combinations to verify network throughput and performance benchmarks. The trials achieved peak throughput of 1.5Gbps at a distance of one mile and 9Gbps at a distance of 787 ft. The tests also included radio resource sharing, beamforming, beam tracking, peak throughput and multi-user MIMO tests. Michael S. Irizarry, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Cellular,says: “This latest trial with Ericsson demonstrates incredible 9Gbps speeds in an environment that was close to a real world scenario, and we look forward to collaborating with Ericsson on the development of standards for a healthy 5G ecosystem. We are committed to giving our customers the best experience with the latest technology that can enhance their lives or businesses, and a fast, high-quality network that works whenever and wherever they need it.”

Source: US Cellular, Ericsson


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Spectrum Sharing in Focus at NTIA

US NTIA Assistance Secretary Strickling delivers a ‘5G Wireless Future and the Role of the Federal Government’ remarks focusing on spectrum sharing efforts at the agency. He says that  growth and innovation in the wireless sector will hinge in large part on the successful introduction of 5G networks and the ability to deliver the spectrum needed to power this and future generations of mobile technologies. More often than not, this spectrum has already being assigned to specific users such as the military and needs to be repurposed. From the outset, it has been clear to NTIA that in repurposing spectrum, the old method of clearing spectrum of federal users and then making it available for the exclusive use of commercial providers was no longer sustainable. Among new techniques that the agency has used is the “fast-track” which consists of a process to examine bands on an expedited basis as it was done for the AWS-3 auction and the FCC’s proceeding to quickly establish the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band. Beyond this example, NTIA’s strategy has been leading a fundamental shift in spectrum management that promotes and advances spectrum sharing among all users as  a vital path forward to meeting the growing demand for additional spectrum for wireless technologies. Specifically affecting 5G networks, the NTIA has been looking at leveraging duplexing and spectrum usage schemes to promote co-existence of 5G federal and non-federal systems, and is also working on a more transparent and consistent process for determining interference criteria for effective sharing of spectrum. In closing remarks, Strickling also mentions that NTIA recognizes the need to more accurately quantify current spectrum demand, usage and projections of future requirements. “How granular does coverage need to be for emerging 5G applications? For IoT specifically? How important is reliability in an IoT environment? These are questions that will need to be considered in weighing future spectrum policy decisions.”

Source: US NTIA


 

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ITU Completes Wireline Enablers for 5G Study

One of ITU’s IMT-2020/5G related activities in the last couple of years has been to host in ITU-R a preliminary study group looking into the networking innovations required to achieve the performance targets of 5G. The group met for a final time last December 7 to present their conclusions which highlighted as key themes new architecture, FMC (fixed-mobile convergence), network softwarization, and fronthaul/backhaul. As far as new architecture, a 3GPP-led core network evolution study showed 4 reference points important for the core: NG2 (reference point for the control plane between NextGen RAN and NextGen Core), NG3 (reference point for the user plane between NextGen RAN and NextGen Core), NG1 (reference point for the control plane between NextGen UE and NextGen Core), and NG6 (reference point between the NextGen Core and the data network). As far as FMC, it concluded that the approach has challenges like a lack of coherence among various protocols, lack of coherence among 4G, 5G, WLAN, Fixed BB Protocols, also a lack of coherence between user and control planes; in addition, a lack of coherence among identification types of different access technologies like (1)  cellphone number for 4G/5G wireless access, (2) broadband ID for Fixed BB access, and (3) WLAN ID for WLAN access. As far as fronthaul/backhaul, Ethernet was the most talked about technology with both ROE (Radio Over Ethernet) and X-Ethernet presented solutions. As far as network softwarization, slicing and orchestration were big topics shown in several presentations including ETRI’s full system 28 GHz 5G proof-of-concepts at 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  The study group’s output takes the form of five draft ITU international standards and four draft ITU technical reports to drive related work in ITU’s standardization expert groups.

Source: ITU


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A 10% Increase WorldWide in Google Searches for “5G”

Google Trends reports that last week (December 7 – December 13, 2016) saw an uptake of 10% in Google searches for “5G” worldwide. Breaking it up by regions, the interest in the term increased the most in China (100%), India (41%) and South Korea (36%). Google also reports that the top related queries were ‘5G mobile’, ‘5G network’ and ‘5G wifi’

Image Source: Google Trends


Issue No. 8 (2016-12-20) of 5 Things Happening in 5G sifting through reliable sources to bring you carefully selected, buzzworthy, and focused biz, tech, and market trends. 

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5G

US Cellular 5G Trial in 15 GHz Band Hits 9Gbps

5G-Infographic-ElenaNeira
Elena Neira
December16/ 2016

U.S. Cellular and Ericsson are reporting successful completion of  5G testing. Both highlight that the test was conducted using the 15 GHz spectrum band, and it achieved peak throughput of 9 Gbps at a distance of 787 ft. (aprox. 240 meters) to bring the next-generation mobile network technology one step closer to deployment.

The Choice of the 15 GHz Band to Test 5G:  The figure above depicts the bands available worldwide for microwave deployments, and 15 GHz band the biggest frequency band of all. This is not because 15 GHz has the widest spectrum, but more because it is widely used all over the world. Using this 15 GHz band, Ericsson installed 5G radios on a tower currently in commercial service. The over-the-air test was possible using an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and run under varying environmental conditions to simulate real world use.

Frequency Bands Available for MicroWave Transmission (Source: Ericsson)

Test Throughput and Performance Results:   The tests evaluated a number of new radio access (NX) carrier combinations to verify network throughput and performance benchmarks. The trials achieved peak throughput of 1.5Gbps at a distance of one mile and 9Gbps at a distance of 787 ft. The tests also included radio resource sharing, beamforming, beam tracking, peak throughput and multi-user MIMO tests. Michael S. Irizarry, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Cellular,says: “This latest trial with Ericsson demonstrates incredible 9Gbps speeds in an environment that was close to a real world scenario, and we look forward to collaborating with Ericsson on the development of standards for a healthy 5G ecosystem. We are committed to giving our customers the best experience with the latest technology that can enhance their lives or businesses, and a fast, high-quality network that works whenever and wherever they need it.”

Source: US Cellular, Ericsson

Network Coding for 5G Virtualization

Elena Neira
December15/ 2016

MIT, in collaboration with other research centers and with industry, is looking at a new approach to virtualization in 5G that combines Software Defined Networks (SDN) ,Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Content Centric Networks (CCN), WebRTC, wireless mesh networks, Multicast, and such with a technology called Network Coding.

 

From Store-and-Forward to Store-Code-Forward in the Network:   Network Coding (NC) is a new paradigm that breaks from the store–and–forward approach currently used in communications networks. NC allows intermediate nodes in the network to recode incoming data packets with a new store–code–forward paradigm. This ability to code within the network contrasts with traditional end-to-end erasure correcting codes such as Reed-Solomon, LT codes, and Raptor codes, and gives networks the ability to generate redundant packets where they are needed instead of injecting them end–to–end as other erasure codes would do.  By doing this, NC enables coding strategies that adapt to the dynamics and topology of the system and even to features specific to end devices. This is very beneficial, for example, while transporting streaming video over heterogeneous networks to a variety of end devices.

 

Traditional Channel vs. Network Coding with RLNC (Image Source: RLE at MIT’s Prof. Muriel Médard)

 

Applications and Requirements of Network Coding:   Research indicates that applying these new coding algorithms to the network has the potential to increase throughput and robustness, to reduce storage requirements, to shorten latencies, and to reduce energy consumption in networks. However, different apps and services present different networking requirements, and network coding does not address all of them; even when it does, the encoding and decoding algorithms need to be carefully adapted to the specific problem at hand. For example, the coding algorithms require to be adapted to he constraints imposed by a wide range of devices (core network routers, smart phones, embedded sensors and such) whose available memory and computing power may differ by several orders of magnitude. It is worth pointing out that network coding operations may be speed up substantially through the use of specialized hardware, as evidenced by the successful implementation of network coding on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). So far, practical network coding algorithms have been identified for data gathering in sensor networks, routing in wireless mesh networks, peer-to-peer networking and content distribution, and streaming applications.

 

Network Coding in a WiFi-Cellular Multi-path Scenario (Image Source: RLE at MIT’s Prof. Muriel Médard)

 

An Open Source Prototype of Network Coding:   This new Network Coding paradigm would require redesign of network protocols, and researchers have already started looking at practical implementation aspects of adding network codes to the future Internet and to 5G networks and tools. There is already a real-world prototype that uses open source OpenStack and OpenFlow on the SDN side, and the Kodo Library on the NC side. The prototype shows NC’s capabilities to mask packet losses in the network on single and multi path transmissions. Comparing the results to standard TCP and Multi–Path TCP (MPTCP) as specified by IETF, it indicates that 3 to 11 fold gains are attainable in terms of throughput and reliability even with moderate losses on single–hop, multi–hop, and multi–path scenarios.

 

Source: RLE at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
December12/ 2016

 

 

Happening in 5G,  AT&T with Intel and Ericsson kick off 5G trials aim at enterprise use cases; startup VisBit shows off Mobile AR, VR, 3-D Video; at MIT, work to incorporate Network Coding  for 5G virtualization; In Europe, Huawei is behind the latest 5G deals with BT for research in areas covering from basestations to network slicing, and with FastWeb for the first 5G MVNO using smallcells; Finally, 5G mmWave links in the 60 GHz band being tested in San Diego reach up to a record 800 meters, and deliver content to eight homes at a time at up to 300 m coverage.

 

“Mobile Is a Shifting Landscape, Know the Terrain” – 5 Things Happening in 5G


 

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AT&T with Ericsson & Intel Trials 5G Enterprise Markets

AT&T has launched what it calls a 5G business customer trial. It is partnering with Intel, which is hosting the trial in one of their offices in Austin, and with Ericsson. AT&T is saying that the trial delivers more than a gigabit per second bandwidth, enabling Internet access, VPN, Unified Communications apps and 4K HD video streaming. The ultimate goal is to look at future enterprise use cases of 5G VoIP in the 15GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands to validate how millimeter wave (mmWave) powers a 5G network experience. The trial builds upon a prior first public 5G demo featuring streaming 4K HD video, real-time camera feeds and reaching speeds of nearly 14 Gbps conducted with Ericsson. Now, AT&T is taking that demo and exploring what benefits it can provide to real-world business customers. “The future of video is mobile. And the future of mobile is video,” said Tom Keathley, senior vice president, wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “Mobile video streaming continues to be a vital aspect of our 5G work, and this trial gives us an opportunity to test 4K HD video streaming across further physical distances between pieces of equipment. With our 5G and 4G LTE advancements, we expect speeds rivaling what we see from cable providers. Our path to 5G will help make this vision a reality faster.”

Source: AT&T News Room



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AR, VR & 3-D Video CordCutting with WiFi, LTE Today, with 5G Tomorrow

Today’s AR, VR and 3-D Video experiences are largely tight to fixed platforms like consoles, TVs and PCs. However these experiences are migrating to mobile platforms to provide mobile experiences like AR game PokemonGo. Startup Visbit is one of the companies that during the VRX Conference (December 8-9, 2016, San Francisco) was showcasing 3D-Video, VR and AR experiences in mobile platforms. The company said that they already stream 4K HD and 3D-Video to mobile devices over WiFi and LTE with “near zero latency” and they achieve this with focus on managing view-switch latency. This type of latency is defined in the context of 3D Video foveated streaming/rendering. Both Oculus Dynamic Streaming and Visbit “View Optimized Streaming” belong to foveated streaming. In foveated streaming, the visible section of a 360º video is streamed in high resolution, and the non-visible section in low resolution. If the user turns the head, that low resolution stream is switched to high resolution.
For immersive mobile AR,VR and 3D-Video streaming in real-time as envisioned in some 5G use cases, additional type of latencies need to be considered, and the most important is Motion-to-Photon. This latency refers to the time it takes an image to match the movement of a user. Ideally, this time would be 0 msec. for a flawless user experience, in reality Today’s mobile platforms aim at approximately 16 msec. To move this number closer to the ideal 0 msec., device, content delivery (video player streaming the content) and network platforms need readiness. Visbit’s LTE capability shows great progress towards realizing this readiness in 5G.

Source: VisBit, VRX2016


 

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Virtualization in 5G with Network Coding 

MIT is looking at a new approach to virtualization that combines Software Defined Networks (SDN) ,Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Content Centric Networks (CCN), WebRTC, wireless mesh networks, reliable Multicast, and many more with a new technology called Network Coding (NC) for 5G. NC is a new paradigm that breaks from the store–and–forward approach currently used in communications networks. NC allows intermediate nodes in the network to recode incoming data packets, thus providing a store–code–forward paradigm. This ability to code within the network contrasts with traditional end-to-end erasure correcting codes such as Reed-Solomon, LT codes, and Raptor codes, and gives networks the ability to generate redundant packets where they are needed instead of injecting them end–to–end as other erasure codes would do.

This new Network Coding paradigm would require redesign of network protocols, and researchers have already started looking at practical implementation aspects of adding network codes to the future Internet and 5G network protocols and tools. There is already a real-world prototype that uses OpenStack and OpenFlow on the SDN side, and the Kodo Library on the NC side. The prototype shows NC’s capabilities to mask packet losses in the network on single and multi path transmissions. Comparing the results to standard TCP and Multi–Path TCP (MPTCP) as specified by IETF, it shows attainable 3 to 11 fold gains in terms of throughput and reliability even with moderate losses on single–hop, multi–hop, and multi–path scenarios.

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology


 

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Huawei Inks 5G Deals with UK’s BT and  Italy’s FastWeb

UK’s British Telecom (BT) and Huawei have announced that they will work together to research various 5G topics, including: network architecture; a new air interface between devices and base stations; ‘network slicing’ – which will allow operators to allocate network resources to specific services; machine-to-machine communications in Internet of Things (IoT) applications; and security technologies. “We are determined to maximise the potential of 5G for our customers, so collaborative research has a key role to play as the technology develops. This partnership with Huawei will see us explore the potential uses and make sure 5G is designed to meet the needs of our consumer and business customers throughout the world” said Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT. Italy’s MVNO Fastweb has announced that as part of its plans to exploit 5G technology for fixed wireless, it plans to make use of small cell technology to build a “5G ready” network with a fiber backhaul for 5G small cells (mini-basestations) placed throughout cities. FastWeb has inked a deal with Huawei for the provision of these 5G small cells. Fastweb is planning to cover 5 million households with the technology by 2020.

Source: British Telecom, UBB2020


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5G mmWave 60 GHz Link Reaches up to 800 Meters

University of California San Diego is announcing the world’s longest bidirectional phased-array link in the 60 GHz band. At a link distance of 300 m, the 32-element array achieved 2 Gbps over all scan angles up to ±45 degrees. Data rates were 4 Gbps at 100 m and 500 Mbps at 800 m over most scan angles. A leading wireless operator is suggesting the system can deliver content to eight homes at a time at up to 300 m. The entire phased array consumed just 3-4 Watts of DC power due to the high-performance system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs UC San Diego created using the third-generation silicon germanium BiCMOS. “This is the second time UC San Diego has worked with Keysight to demonstrate high-performing phased-array 5G communication links, now achieving gigabit-per-second speeds at previously unimagined ranges and with extremely low power consumption,” said Gabriel M. Rebeiz, member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, distinguished professor and wireless communications industry chair at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Source: BusinessWire


Issue No. 7 – 5 Things Happening in 5G sifts through reliable sources to bring you carefully selected, buzzworthy, and focused biz, tech, and market trends. 

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IoT

First Open-Source SoC for IoT

Elena Neira
December09/ 2016

Can IoT and Wearable semiconductors be made more cost-effective, and with faster turn around times to meet the needs of the fast-pace highly innovative 5G ecosystem? After covering earlier this year the RISC-V Foundation and the RISC_V’s 4th workshop hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-hosted workshop , now we focus on the 5th RISC-V workshop which was hosted by Google last week and saw the RTL code open-sourced to the community as well as the release of the first open SoC.

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5th RISC-V Workshop Addressed Memory Systems (Image Source: MIT)

 

To realize the promise of billions of IoT devices in 5G, the industry is working to address challenges such as lengthy hardware development cycles, high power consumption, expensive manufacturing and such. One of these challenges is to meet the requirements of industries as diverse as wearables, enterprise fleet logistics, smart power grids, and connected cars. No one solution fits all IoT so customizations will be needed and more so in the embedded IoT space. Google and its RISC-V partners held their 5th RISC-V workshop to continue their work in open HW microcontroller cores. RISC-V now includes a broad range of industry players such as Google, IBM, Qualcomm, Nvidia, HP, Cortus, Draper, Microsoft, Oracle, ADM, Codasip and SiFive.

Major progress was made at the workshop including SiFive’s announced that it was contributing its FE310 SoC RTL code to the open source community. This SoC is being incorporated into an Arduino-compatible development board making it the first RISC-V based open HW development platform for IoT. The workshop also discussed security and memory systems as areas of future work.

Source: 5th RISC-V Workshop

 

 

5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
December05/ 2016

 

Happening in 5G, South Korea is bringing together telcos and mobile AR/VR firms to jointly develop 5G apps and test their underlying business models; Sonera and Nokia agree to bring 5G to Helsinki in 2018; on the radio network front, LG Electronics with Yonsei University demo full duplex MIMO; also in radio networks, 5G could see the first cellular networks without cells if cell-free massive MIMO – part of an Ericsson-backed EU H2020 program – is implemented.

“Mobile Is a Shifting Landscape, Know the Terrain” – 5 Things Happening in 5G

 


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Korea Brings Telco and Mobile AR/VR Firms to Develop 5G Apps

South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning is leading the Giga Korea project that aims at creating a 5G ecosystem in the country. The vision is to use 5G connectivity as enabler of future services such as connected car, mobile robotics, and immersive media based on augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. SK Telecom, a major stakeholder in Giga Korea, is partnering with these three local startups to develop virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices to use with 5G connectivity:

  • Redbird, a developer of state-of-the art 3-D scanning and web viewer services;
  • Looxid Labs, which measures various biometrics including eye movement and brainwave signals using a VR headset to analyze the user’s cognitive ability and emotional status; and
  • Elrois, which synthesizes videos clips shot with drones with 3-D graphic images to help provide highly realistic game-playing experience.

SK Telecom said prototypes of the services will be available by the first half of 2017 and it will assess their potential as actual businesses then. “We aim to come up with successful business models by joining hands with smaller yet promising companies to innovate platforms and create a 5G service ecosystem at the same time,” said Choi Jin-sung, SK Telecom’s CTO and head of corporate R&D center. SK Telecom, Korea’s No. 1 operator, has recently unveiled plans to deploy and operate 5G trial networks in Seoul and several other metropolitan areas in cooperation with global telecommunications equipment manufacturers including Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics starting early next year.

Source: Korea Daily



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Cellular Networks without Cells

Today’s cellular networks are based on hierarchical cellular topologies where with the coverage area divided into cells. But new cell-free Massive MIMO technology is challenging this assumption for 5G. From the technical point of view, Cell-Free Massive MIMO is a new version of Network MIMO (cooperative multipoint joint processing) that takes advantage of favorable propagation and channel hardening properties. From the architecture/deployment perspective, it consists of a large number of distributed access points (APs) which simultaneously serve a much smaller number of users over the same time/frequency resources based on directly measured channel characteristics. In Cell-Free Massive MIMO, APs and users have only one antenna which uses specific algorithms for channel state, power control and pilot assignment.

From the market point of view, Cell-Free Massive MIMO considerably improves performance with respect to a conventional small-cell deployments. By serving each user with a dedicated AP, it delivers 5 to 10 fold per-user throughput improvements. This technology is still at the early stages of development, it is part of Europe’s H2020, and a candidate become part of 5G with Ericsson being one of the key contributors in to the program.

Source: YouTube 5Gwireless H2020 ITN


 

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Sonera and Nokia to Introduce 5G in Helsinki by 2018 

Telia Sonera Company (Sonera) said in a press release that it plans to introduce the first 5G services in Helsinki, together with Nokia, in 2018. Sonera says that it is vital to have early access to the best networks and provide time to partners for the development of future services. In the announcement 5G is framed as super-fast mobile broadband, with significantly lower latency and support of massive numbers of IoT devices. In the press release, Nokia mentions that the 5G technology will be based on an evolution of its 4.5 G and 4.9 G capabilities. As far as new services, Sonera is pointing to virtual reality, networked transport and eHealth. Finally, Sonera says that the cooperation agreement with Nokia to launch 5G in 2018 aims at accelerating the development of Sonera’s network towards future 5G services.

Source: Sonera


 

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Google Hosts Workshop Promoting Open HW for IoT

To realize the promise of billions of IoT devices in the 5G ecosystem, the industry is working to address challenges such as lengthy hardware development cycles, high power consumption, expensive manufacturing and such. One of these challenges is to meet the requirements of industries as diverse as wearables, enterprise fleet logistics, smart power grids, and connected cars. No one solution fits all IoT so customizations will be needed. Google and its partners held the 5th RISC-V workshop to continue defining open HW micro controller cores for IoT. During the workshop, SiFive contributed its FE310 SoC RTL code to the open source community. This SoC is being incorporated into an Arduino-compatible development board making it the first RISC-V based open HW development platform for IoT. The workshop highlighted that more work is needed in security and memory systems to make this open platform more robust.

Source: 5th RISC-V Workshop


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LG Electronics, Yonsei University Demo Full Duplex MIMO

LG Electronics and Yonsei University have co-developed and successfully trialed a 80 MHz bandwidth Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) based full duplex technology increasing efficiency of frequency by up to two times compared to time division duplex (TDD). TDD sets different times for upload and download in the same frequency, while frequency division duplex (FDR) allocates different frequencies for upload and download. The report highlights that LG Electronics is developing not only the FDR antenna but also the ‘digital antenna technology’ required to realize full duplex radio in one system i.e., a MIMO FDR transceiver which will pave the way for ease of integration by OEMs in their 5G radio access products. FDR is expected to be particularly effective boosting capacity in sub-6 GHz FDD bands where the available bandwidth is limited.

Source: Korea Times


Issue No. 6 of 5 Things Happening in 5G sifts through reliable sources to bring you carefully selected, buzzworthy, and focused biz, tech, and market trends. 

Find us also in FacebookGoogle+InstagramMedium, and Twitter. For partnerships, inquiries, please contact us at social media(at)5g-magazine.com.

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5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
November29/ 2016

Happening in 5G, major technology realization announcements from NEC – a prototype mmWave antenna for 5G basestations –  and from Deutsche Telekom – a demo with Huawei of end-to-end network slicing. On the commercial front, China confirms its 5G network built-out will start in 2019 with an allocated $73B budget. As far as 5G patents and licensing, we are highlighting some remarks from the EU Commission. The last item this week is an overview of the internet protocol evolution to 5G out of the IETF 97 meeting.

“Mobile Is a Shifting Landscape, Know the Terrain”


 

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On the Way to a 5G Basestation, NEC Says mmWave Antennas Are Ready

With 5G expected to support high capacity, high-speed services like HD video, augmented reality and virtual reality, it is important to build a mobile network that is capable to deliver to these requirements competitively over millimeter frequencies (mmWave). Japan’s NEC says that it has developed a prototype 500 massive-element active antenna system (AAS) for the 28GHz band, and with the capability of achieving long distance communications on high radio frequency bands with low power consumption. In a news release, NEC says that the prototype antenna has proved capable of achieving up to one kilometer in long-distance communication in 16 separate directions, at a speed of 30Gbps or faster per cell, in the 28 GHz band, and achieving a spectral efficiency 20 times greater than LTE.

Source: ElenaNeira



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IETF Charters Internet Protocol Evolution to 5G

Network slicing, mobile edge computing, machine learning, and LPWA are the high profile 5G related use cases that IETF is looking at to enable the next generation of mobile communication systems. A redesign and/or evolution of the internet protocol (IP) could be needed to meet the requirements of these use cases, and during its November 2016 meeting (IETF97) different threads of work and initiatives took place to kick off design and/or prepare specifications. The IETF is doing the 5G work under different groups. The most relevant outcomes and discussion are a new 5Gangip special group looking at the needs of fixed and mobile next generation 5G protocols; the nmlgr Group looking at applying machine learning for 5G at network level; the first network slicing draft; and ETSI’s  MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) training introduction.

Source: ElenaNeira

 


 

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China Confirms 5G Network Built-Out Plan for 2019 with $73B Budget 

China aims at realizing 5G commercial service as early as 2020 with the backing of its regulatory body as well as the backing of business plans at several local and global companies. Insiders from IMT-2020(5G) promotion group, which is dedicated to supporting and promoting  5G technology, said that the planned second-phase of technology testing will commence in 2017 as scheduled. The promotion group also disclosed that the experimental stage of 5G will last three years, from 2016 to 2018. Finally the group said that the construction of a 5G network in China will begin in 2019, and it will have a total dedicated budget of $73B.

Sources at China Mobile Research Institute (deputy general manager Mr. Yuhong) said that the three biggest mobile operators in China are already working with OEMs for testing, and added that the first 5G standard will be announced in 2018. On the services and applications area, IMT-2020 5G promotion group is hosting 42 local companies that collaborate at the 5G Joint Innovation Center to research and develop IoT, connected cars, industrial Internet and other verticals. Reportedly some of their projects are close to entering commercial operation phase, ready to be tested.

Source: China People’s Daily 


 

 

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EU Weights on 5G Intellectual Property and Licensing

During a conference in Belgium, EU Commissioner Vestager offered some remarks about the licensing and patent situation in the mobile sector. The Commissioner cited a recent study findings that $120 of the total cost of every smartphone goes to patent royalties. There were also references to patents essential to a standard and how for some OEMs it “could mean they end up paying unjustified royalties, and their customers have to pay more…” thus the need of a working framework where patent holders usually have to commit to making their technology available on fair terms. These remarks serve as a reminder of the many outstanding licensing and patent issues around 5G. In the past, the EU Commission has shown to favor certain improvements to enable easy and fair access to standards essential patents specially in the 5G IoT area which involves the convergence of many complex technologies. Among others, enhancements in transparency of access to reliable information on standards patent holders, patent scope, and standard essential patent declarations. The Commission has also been positive to facilitating efficient patent disputes to help remove commercial and legal uncertainty for smaller companies. The Commission intends to work with standard development organisations, patent offices, industry and the research community to clarify licensing principles.

Source: European Commission


 

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DeutscheTelekom Demos 5G Network Slicing

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei report completing an autonomous E2E demo of dynamic real-time slicing of the 5G Radio Access network, the Data Center (DC), and the transport network. E2E network slicing is seeing as enabler of 5G services. It is an integral part of the 5G architecture where network classes such as Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (uRLLC) are ‘logical network’ slices of a unified physical network infrastructure. The demo conducted in DT’s lab in Bonn, Germany implements bandwidth based transport network slicing. The transport network consists of TSDN controllers and DWDM nodes. The controllers generate a series of specific data forwarding paths based on slice topology and service requirements. At radio level, the F-OFDM air interface technology is the key to the spectral granularity and also permits efficient co-existence and isolation of all 5G New Radio (5G NR) slices. In the demo, real-time dynamic adjustments of network slices on very fine spectral granularity, signal process and protocol stack were validated. The automatic implementation is possible with Service Oriented Network Auto Creation that uses software-defined topology, software defined protocol and software-defined resource allocation to ensure the automatic implementation of slice management, service deployment, resource scheduling, and fault recovery based strictly on a detailed and thorough network data analysis.

Source: Deutsche Telekom


 

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A 500 Massive-Element Antenna to Power 5G

Elena Neira
November28/ 2016

A prototype 500 massive-element active antenna system (AAS) targeting 5G in the 28GHz band was just announced by Japan’s NEC. NEC says that the prototype is capable of achieving 1 kilometer distance communications in 16 directions, at a speed of 30 Gbps or faster per cell achieving a spectral efficiency 20 times greater than LTE with low power consumption.

 

mmWawe and 5G, a Marriage Made in Heaven?:    With the requirement in mind that 5G mobile networks are to provide multi-gigabit communication services such as HD video, it seems but natural to look at mmWave spectrum where bandwidth is plentiful. Currently the mmWave bands that the industry is looking at are the 28 GHz band, the 38 GHz band, the 60 GHz band, and the E-band (71–76 GHz and 81–86 GHz). Due to the fundamental differences between mmWave communications and existing other communication systems operating in the microwaves band (e.g., 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), there are many challenges in physical (PHY) layer, medium access control (MAC) layer, and routing/network layers.

The Challenge of mmWaves in 5G:   The high propagation loss, directivity, sensitivity to blockage, and dynamics of a mobile mmWave channel require new thoughts and insights into the architectures and the protocols to cope with these challenges. The major ones are to cope with unfavorable propagation conditions such as large path loss in LoS (Line of Sight) / NLoS (Non Line of Sight), signal blockage due to atmospheric absorption, and blocking objects attenuation and mobility. In addition, these challenges should be overcome in a cost and energy effective manner.

Technology Solutions to mmWave work for 5G:  The widely accepted solution is adaptive beamforming equipped with very large antenna arrays. The combination of these two technologies meets the following objectives:

  • Adaptive beamforming in different propagation conditions, NLoS/LoS in the presence of mobility
  • Support for multiple users
  • Robustness against signal blocking
  • High data rates and low-latencies
  • Robust hardware capable of high frequencies and ultra wide bandwidths

 

 

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NEC AAS for 5G

 

NEC’s Adaptive Antenna Array:   NEC’s 500 elements Active Antenna System (AAS) acts as the front end for basestations that support the 28GHz band, and meets the requirements of 5G. NEC has conducted simulation trials of its newly developed AAS with beamforming technology for transmitting radio waves in multiple directions (to objects) while intensively and simultaneously using many antenna elements. NEC reports achieving up to one kilometer in long-distance communication in 16 respective directions, at a speed of 30Gbps or faster per cell, in the 28 GHz band, and achieving a spectral efficiency 20 times greater than LTE.

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NEC’s Block Diagram of Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) with AAS Part

 

In addition, original NEC reports saving several dozen watts of power and reducing the size by approximately 50%. In addition, “NEC has achieved the creation of a power-saving and compact-size AAS by leveraging circuit design technologies such as component mounting and heat radiation, which it has accumulated over the years through the development of microwave communication systems on high frequency bands.”

 

Source: NEC


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Internet Roadmap to 5G at IETF 97

Elena Neira
November27/ 2016

Network slicing, mobile edge computing, machine learning, and LPWA are the high profile 5G related use cases that IETF is looking at to enable the next generation of mobile communication systems. A redesign and/or evolution of the internet protocol (IP) could be needed to meet the requirements of these use cases, and during its November 2016 meeting (IETF97) different threads of work and initiatives took place to kick off design and/or prepare specifications. The IETF is doing the 5G work under different groups. The most relevant outcomes and discussion are a new 5Gangip special group looking at the needs of fixed and mobile next generation 5G protocols; the nmlgr Group looking at applying machine learning for 5G at network level; the first network slicing draft; and ETSI’s  MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) training introduction.

 

5Gangip Takes on 5G Mobile & Fixed Requirements:  This is a special group in IETF has the task to analyze the overall implications of the upcoming 5G (fixed and) Mobile communication systems on IP protocols. The group is at an early stage of discussion. At IETF97, they put together the IP issues document presenting “open and upcoming issues with upcoming new communication systems denoted as 5G aiming  to set a basis for documenting problem space, use-cases, and potential solutions related to next-generation network infrastructure.  The draft reviews currently investigated topics, including both inputs from IETF and from other SDOs as well as research activities.  The draft appears to focus on a simplified layering model for next generation IP, and it is in affinity with other efforts such as Identity-Location separation ILNP (Identifier-Locator Network Protocol published as RFCs 6740-6748); it also appears aligned with NSF (National Science Foundation) backed “mobility first” proposal of a global name resolution service (GNRS), and a Generalized Storage-Aware Routing (GSTAR) scheme to address core network level congestion.

 

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IETF 5Gangip Group: List of Active Documents Specific to 5G as of IETF97 (November 2016)

 

Distributed Mobility Anchoring To Meet Diverse Mobility Needs of 5G and Beyond:  IETF’s DMM Group made progress on Distributed Mobility Anchoring which covers how multiple anchors and nodes with mobility functions work together to provide IP mobility support. It says that a “network or network slice may be configured with distributed mobility anchoring depending on the needs of mobility support.  In the distributed mobility anchoring environment, multiple anchors are available for mid-session switching of an IP prefix anchor.  Without an ongoing session, i.e., no IP session continuity required, a flow of a mobile node can be re-started using a new IP prefix which is allocated from a new network of the mobile node and is therefore anchored to the new network.  With an ongoing session, the anchoring of the prior IP prefix may be relocated to the new network to enable IP session continuity.

 

Network Machine Learning Proposed Research Group: The proposed Machine Learning (ML) group aims at defining this techniques in the network domain. Service clarification for 5G networks and Intelligent (ML) Defined Networks (IDN) which was presented by Huawei. So far the group has produced a draft document introducing background information of machine learning, then exploring “the potential of machine learning techniques for networks.  This document is serving as a white paper of the (proposed) IRTF Network Machine Learning Research Group.”

 

IETF’s Networking Group Prepares Network Slicing Draft:   The concept  “Network Slicing” is widely discussed and considered as the key mechanism to meet the diverse service requirements concurrently with the same physical network infrastructure.  This network slicing draft provides an overview of the concept “network slicing” in the current IMT-2020 (a.k.a. 5G) related works, and discusses the corresponding requirements on IP/MPLS network, which will be used as the mobile transport network for 5G.

 

Low Power IoT Networking Standards: LPWA The other group with activity related to 5G is the LPWA group whose work is just starting following the approved BoF at the previous IETF in Berlin. The group aims to develop wireless protocols to connect battery-powered devices over significant distances using license exempt bands thus not oriented to cellular system. Overall the work of this group is necessary to enable a variety of IoT applications, For now their scope is to in their scope the group to produce a standards for fragmentation of a CoAP/UDP/IPv6 packet over LPWA networks, and some of this work could in the future be applicable to 5G IoT.

 

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Mobile Edge Computing Presented at IETF97

 

Training Session on Mobile Edge Computing (MEC):     ETSI delivered a training presentation during IETF97 diving into howMEC helps satisfying the demanding requirements for the 5G era in terms of expected throughput, latency, scalability and automation; it also offers additional privacy and security and ensures significant cost savings. Many of the use cases can be deployed with Mobile Edge Computing prior to 5G thus MEC is not specific but many of its features are enablers of 5G via the MEC and Platform APIs.

 

Source: IETF


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5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
November21/ 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his Connectivity Lab team announce a new point-to-point wireless transmission record of 20 Gbps in a 13 Km point-to-point link, with a spectral efficiency of 9.8 bps/hz, using the same amount of power it takes to light a single lightbulb. DoCoMo reports groundbreaking results in two of its 5G trials; one trial with Samsung’s 28 GHz equipment delivering 2.5 Gbps to a device moving in a train at 150 km/h; and the other trial with Huawei’s 4.5 GHz equipment delivering an spectral efficiency of 79.82 bps/hz/cell. Qualcomm announces a new 5G NR Spectrum Sharing testbed with LBT (Listen Before Talk) capabilities. Telefónica says that Huawei’s 5G UCNC PoC delivers 233% more per-cell connections, 78% reduction in signaling overhead, and 95% lower latency than state-of the-art LTE. Last but not least, the work to make the Internet 5G-ready during the IETF97 meeting.

Weekly 5G business, technology & market updates – Nov 19-27, 2016

 

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Telefónica and Huawei UCNC PoC Results in 5G Connections Per Cell Up 233%, Signaling Down 78%

Telefónica and Huawei have been testing CloudRAN UCNC (User Centric No Cell) with a hyper-cell network architecture that enables the large-area coordination of many base station nodes to eliminate handovers between cells and reduce interference from adjacent cells. UCNC reduces the over-the-air protocol signaling overhead and the access protocol latency, as well as increase the number of air-interface connection links. According to the results of PoC tests conducted at Telefónica-Huawei 5G joint lab, the number of 5G connections per cell increased by 233%, the signaling overhead decreased by 78%, and the latency decreased by 95% compared with state-of the-art LTE.

UCNC also defines the “ECO State” as a new device protocol state for sending short packets directly without the need of over-the-air signaling, thus making users be truly “always connected”. Another key technology is “SCMA-based Grant Free Access” to simplify uplink access procedures to reduce latency and increase the number of connected devices. In the next phase of the UCNC PoC, Telefónica and Huawei will target to enhance the cell edge spectral efficiency, in order to avoid end-user experience degradation at the cell edges and network service disruptions.

Source: Telefónica

 



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Qualcomm Announces 5G NR Spectrum Sharing Prototype

Qualcomm announces its first 5G New Radio (NR) spectrum sharing prototype system and trial platform. It enables 5G is to reap the maximum benefits out of the broad range of spectrum – licensed, unlicensed and shared. This new spectrum prototype is an add-on to Qualcomm’s existing prototype systems featuring License Assisted Access (LAA) to aggregate across spectrum types, LTE Wi-Fi Aggregation (LWA) to be combined across technologies and CBRS/License Shared Access (LSA) to share spectrum with occupants. The new spectrum sharing test bed is being expanded to support Listen-Before-Talk (LBT) technology, wideband waveforms with low latency and enhancements in the radio and network protocols. Qualcomm says that “Spectrum sharing technology will not only benefit operators with licensed spectrum but will also open up scope for 5G NR utilization for those without licensed spectrum such as cable operators, enterprise or IoT verticals.”

Source: Qualcomm

 


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Facebook’s Connectivity Lab in Record P2P mmWave Transmission of 20 Gbps over 13 km

Facebook Connectivity Lab as well as Mark Zuckerberg himself announced achieving 20 Gbps over 13 km in a P2P mmWave link using the same amount of power to light a single lightbulb of 105 DC Watts. The transmission used a bandwidth of 2 GHz, resulting in an overall spectral efficiency of 9.8 bps/Hz. Soon this technology will make it into Facebook’s solar-powered planes to beam internet access to areas of the world that aren’t connected. In general, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab sees it to be applicable to a number of solutions they are working on. Ford example, it could be used as a terrestrial backhaul network to support access solutions like OpenCellular, or as a reliable backup to free space optical solutions such as the laser communications gimbal and optical detector in case of fog and clouds. Ultimately, the point-to-point mmWave link is expected to serve as the connection between a ground station and Aquila, our solar powered UAV.

The next generation air-to-ground communication system capable of supporting 40 Gbps each on uplink and downlink between an aircraft and a ground station will be flight-tested in early 2017. Facebook will continue to push the limits of wireless capacity over long ranges while staying within the tough size, weight and power requirements of Aquila communication payloads.

Source: Facebook

 


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Docomo New 5G Trials in 4.5 GHz and 28 GHz

DoCoMo reports groundbreaking results from two separate trials in the 4.5 GHz and the 28 GHz frequency bands. In the 28 GHz mmWave and as part of a joint trial with Samsung, DoCoMo reports achieving a data speed of over 2.5Gbps with a mobile device traveling at 150 km/h in a train. To date, no test had achieved a successful wireless data transmission to a fast-moving device due to the large path-loss of high-frequency radio signals using mmWave frequencies. In this trial, the problem was resolved with the use of massive MIMO with beamforming and beam tracking. In a separate trial, DOCOMO and Huawei report results of an outdoor trial using the 4.5 GHz frequency band in a 100,000 square-meter field. The trial combined multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology for simultaneous multiple access and a precoding algorithm that optimizes signals for maximized performance and limits inter-user interference. It achieved a MU-MIMO transmission of a maximum 79.82 bps/hz/cell, which was reportedly 1.8 times better than in the November 2015 outdoor trial conducted in China.

Read more: DoCoMo Trials with Samsung and Huawei 

 


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Internet Roadmap to 5G and Beyond Out of IETF97

Network slicing, mobile edge computing, ultra-low latency, machine learning and massive IoT are among the 5G related use cases that IETF is looking to support in next generation mobile communications. A redesign and/or evolution of the internet protocol could be needed to meet the requirements of these use cases, and during its November 2016 meeting (IETF97) different threads of work and initiatives took place to discuss and prepare specifications. The most relevant are a new 5Gangip special group looking at the needs of fixed and mobile next generation 5G systems, the nmlgr group looking at applying machine learning 5G at network level, the first network slicing draft, and the introduction MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) presented by ETSI.

Source: IETF


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Groundbreaking Results in DoCoMo 5G Trials with Huawei and Samsung

Elena Neira
November20/ 2016

November has been a busy month for DoCoMo’s 5G activities. It had already announced preparations for a 2017 live test with Ericsson and Intel in Tokyo. Following this news, DoCoMo is now reporting groundbreaking results from two separate trials in the 4.5 GHz and the 28 GHz frequency bands. Similarly to what DoDoMo did in previous mobile generations with approaches like MOVA and FOMA, it is conducting joint-development efforts with network manufacturers and terminal suppliers; and, it is marching towards a firm commitment to launch 5G commercially in 2020.

 

In the 28 GHz mmWave, DoCoMo and Samsung Report 2.5Gbps with a Mobile Device Traveling at 150 km/h: DoCoMo, in a joint trial with Samsung, has successfully achieved a data speed of over 2.5Gbps with a mobile device traveling at 150 km/h in a train. This helps verifying the feasibility of stable connectivity for 5G devices in fast-moving vehicles. The test used the 28 GHz mmWave band, one of the candidate bands for use in commercial 5G networks in Japan. To date, no test had achieved a successful wireless data transmission to a fast-moving device due to the large path-loss of high-frequency radio signals. In this trial, the problem was resolved with the use of massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technologies that incorporate beamforming, which concentrates radio waves in a specific direction, and beam tracking, which adjusts the beam according to the fast-moving mobile device’s location.

 

4.5 GHz Frequency Band, MU-MIMO Trial with Huawei delivers 79.82 bps/Hz/cell: In a separate trial, DOCOMO and Huawei conducted an outdoor trial using the 4.5 GHz frequency band in a 100,000 square-meter field. The trial involved 23 simultaneously connected mobile devices and Docomo set up a 5G base station using the current 3GPP New Radio specification as baseline, and using 200 MHz of spectrum wth  64 transceivers to serve 23 devices, both static and mobile.

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DoCoMo and Huawei Trial in 4.5 GHz Band

The trial achieved a cumulative 11.29 Gbps data throughput with latency below 0.5 milliseconds. The trial combined multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology for simultaneous multiple access and a precoding algorithm that optimizes signals for maximized performance and limits inter-user interference. It achieved a MU-MIMO transmission of a maximum 79.82bps/Hz/cell, which was reportedly 1.8 times better than in the November 2015 outdoor trial conducted in China. “Our success in 5G large-scale field trial in the 4.5 GHz band brought the whole industry one step closer to 5G commercialization by 2020,” said Takehiro Nakamura, VP of DoCoMo’s 5G Lab. “Docomo and Huawei have been expanding their collaboration on 5G from R&D to international spectrum harmonization initiatives for 5G since December 2014.”

 

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DoCoMo 5G Trials with Eight Technology OEMs

 

 

DoCoMo Also Testing 5G Apps:   DoCoMo is also conducting 5G application-centric trials, like the one announced with DeNA for remote monitoring of self-driving vehicles. This application will have a proof of concept trial consisting of DoCoMo’s 5G mobile-communications system supporting safety features of self-driving vehicles through remote monitoring and passenger assistance. In the trial, a vehicle and a remote center will be connected via the 5G network that delivers ultra-high-speed data rates beyond 10Gbps with low-latency. During the trial, high-resolution video images captured with high-definition cameras mounted on the vehicle will be transferred real-time over the 5G network to the monitoring center for analysis of possible driving irregularities and for passenger assistance as required.

 

DoCoMo 5G Launch Target is 2020:    Going forward, DoCoMo says it will continue research and development collaboration with world-leading technology vendors in support of its planned launch of a commercial 5G mobile communications system by 2020.

Source: DoCoMo, Huawei 


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5G Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
November13/ 2016

This week we talk about the secrets of making 5G work with MIMO and Beam-Steering, new trials announced by DoCoMo, KT and LG Plus with their respective OEM/Chipset partners, and a cooperation agreement between China and Taiwan to research and develop 5G technologies.

Weekly 5G business, technology & market updates – Nov 12-19, 2016

 

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31 Gbps In LG UPlus Demo with Huawei Basestation

LG Uplus in cooperation with Huawei reports reaching 31Gbps using a 5G test basestation and test terminal operating in the 28 GHz frequency band, which is one of the candidate spectrum bands that South Korea could allocate to commercial 5G deployments. The equipment for the trial emphasizes the importance of a ‘Massive MIMO’ antenna configuration, and the importance of ultra high frequency (mmWave) spectrum. Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) increases the number of transmission antennas at the basestation from two or three to more than 100, delivering data to a large number of users at the same time. Massive MIMO combined with ultra broadband support makes possible to provide 5G service to large numbers of users at a high speed without any speed degradation. Therefore, making feasible Virtual Reality(VR), Augmented reality(AR), Ultra High Definition(UHD) Broadcasting and other high-speed streaming services to the masses.

LG Uplus is actively engaged in early commercialization of 5G in cooperation with global equipment manufacturers. LG Uplus claims that it needs 5G to respond to surging data traffic as well as to secure network leadership with the early introduction of next-generation mobile technologies. LG Uplus Network Technology Department’s Kang Jeong-ho said, “Ericsson has demonstrated speeds of up to 26Gbps through 5G test bases, but at this demonstration, LG Uplus introduced 5G technology-based base stations and equipment faster than previously developed base stations.” and he added that “We expect to contribute greatly to the activation of high-quality services such as 4K and 8K UHD and VR in the future.”

Source: Korea IT Times

 



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Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm & Samsung Rally behind KT’s Commercialization of 5G-SIG in 2019

Korea Telecom (KT) announced in November 2015 that it was working with global partners on the definition of 5G. In June 2016, KT confirmed that it had a set of complete 5G specifications called 5G-SIG. Finally this last Tuesday, KT announced reaching a consensus with global network and chipset manufacturers Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to commercialized 5G-SIG in 2019. This 5G standard by KT and its partners is based on the 28GHz mmWave spectrum. “We have been on an upward track to push for setting a global standard for the upcoming 5G era after we established the 5G-SIG in November last year,” Seo Chang-seok, vice president at the firm’s network strategy division, said in a press conference. “The 5G specifications will serve as a backbone for our 5G demonstration plan at the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018,” he added.

Earlier this year (April 2016), KT announced another 5G trial using the E-Band spectrum to establish mobile backhaul networks for 5G services in mountainous areas where it is difficult to lay optical fiber. Reportedly the trial, will use NEC’s ultra-compact microwave iPASOLINK EX communications system supporting ultra-multilevel modulation (256QAM) that yields a capacity of up to 3.2Gbps.

Source: Korea Times, The Telecom Times

 


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DoCoMo, Ericsson and Intel to Trial 5G in Tokyo Starting in 2017 

This week NTT DOCOMO (DoCoMo), Ericsson and Intel announced to further advance 5G development by building a 5G test network in various areas of Tokyo, starting in 2017.The primary aim is to trial use case applications and radio performance. Ericsson said that it will provide 5G end-to-end equipment including 5G radio, baseband, virtualized RAN, and core network. Intel will contribute its chipset in user device in a mobile device trial platform. The trial will be conducted using the 28GHz frequency band; one of the candidate bands that Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is considering designating for use by commercial 5G networks in Japan.
Seizo Onoe, DoCoMo’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, says: “DoCoMo and Ericsson have been working together on joint 5G projects including outdoor trials, and this is a further development of our joint efforts. Adding Intel’s expertise, we will be on track to evaluate the feasibility of services that leverage 5G technologies together with ecosystem partner companies.”

Source: Ericsson

 


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China, Taiwan Team up for 5G

This year at the Cross-Straits Forum, China and Taiwan discussed a plan to work together to promote research and industrial cooperation on 5G, and help formulate a global standard. China finished the first phase of 5G research and testing in September. Yang Zemin, vice president and secretary general at China Communications Standards Association, said that he has an optimistic view of the opportunity for Taiwan-based firms to participate in the mainland’s second phase of experimental work on 5G. “Both the mainland and Taiwan have open minds for deep cooperation in [the] future, and the two sides can work together to help formulate global 5G standard,”

At the forum, Taiwan mobile network operators said that they have launched the VoLTE service. However, Taiwan-based firms lack a strong driving force for enhancing its development based on business model concerns. Through the cooperation, Taiwan can access China’s market and compete with foreign chipmakers, such as Qualcomm. Taiwan’s ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), the major research force behind 5G technology, has proposed six possible directions for the cooperation: mmWave, ultra dense networks, mobile edge computing, IoT (Internet of Things), IoV (Internet of Vehicles) and virtualization. As Taiwan has accumulated considerable ICT hardware and software strength and has devoted to innovative applications, Taiwan is an ideal partner for developing 5G technologies.

Source: China Daily

 


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Real Secrets of Making 5G Work: MIMO & Beam-Steering

What technology advances and products we need to make 5G development a reality? The major drivers for 5G development are increased cellular capacity, a shortage of LTE spectrum, demand for higher data rates to support video use cases, VR/AR app support, and ultra low latency for real-time features. Other drivers include support for a massive number of IoT devices, and connectivity for the next 1 billion. Meeting the demands of these drivers involves new technologies at the different levels of a mobile system: backhaul transport links, core network, devices, basestations, etc.

As far as the wireless link of this 5G mobile system, the real secret to making it work is the use of massive MIMO and phased-array beam steering. Beam steering focuses the beam to produce boosted transmitter power and higher receiver gain and sensitivity. It also increases link reliability and minimizes interference with nearby cells. The real challenge of 5G design is implementing the MIMO and beam steering. A K-band transceiver implementing these functionalities is given a thumbs-up from Electronic Design, for sure it will be on its way to make 5G cell sites happen soon.

Source: Electronic Design

 


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5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
November07/ 2016

5G must-reads this week: (1) Facebook adds Voyager cost-effective backhaul, full OpenCellular specs, global innovation accelerators to Telecom Infra Project; (2) CEVA reports a 5G NR design win for a tier-one smartphone OEM; (3) Important updates from IETF, ETSI and 5G-PPP related to their 5G programs and spec work; (4) In Singapore, StratHub and Nokia lab trial of cmWave ; and (5) China Unicom reported a platform-driven virtual reality demo.

 

Weekly 5G business, technology & market updates – Nov 4, 2016

 

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Facebook Adds Voyager Backhaul, OpenCellular Specs & Accelerator to TIP

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is Facebook’s approach to develop new technologies and rethink global infrastructure for emerging 5G networking, for IoT and for virtual reality. The project’s first summit [Nov 1-2, 2016] reports that TIP has over 300 member organizations, and starting in 2017 it will also count with a network of global acceleration centers. On the technical side, there were two major announcements at the summit. One of them was the Voyager Platform, and the other was the availability of full OpenCellular specs. Facebook contributed to TIP with Voyager, a scalable  cost-effective platform to support fiber-based backhaul transport as well as switching and routing. Voyager is based on Facebook Open Packet DWDM architecture and implements industry’s first white-box transponder with an IP/MPLS networking solution. Voyager’s design is available to the TIP community to facilitate disaggregation of the hardware and software components of the network stack. The first version of Voyager leverages the data center technologies that Facebook uses in OCP’s Wedge top-of-rack switch. Finally on the wireless access front, Facebook announced that OpenCellular designs and schematics are now fully open source within TIP. At the summit Facebook reiterated that it sees this as instrumental to accelerate the industry’s ability to provide wireless access in remote areas.

Read more: TIP Summit Report 

 



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CEVA reports DSP Design Win with Tier One Handset OEM’s 5G NR Platform

Only days after Qualcomm made its  5G chipset announcement, CEVA reports a design win with a tier one handset OEM for a 5G NR chipset solution. The CEVA product, part of X2 and it is designed for specific LTE-Advanced-Pro and 5G use cases where the emphasis is PHY control processing. During the 3Q2016 quarterly conference call, CEVA’s management confirmed this  new DSP agreement saying it was with  “…a tier-one handset OEM customer for is 5G New Radio (NR) platform… This together with our recent 5G basestation design win, position us and the only end-to-end DSP provider for 5G.” CEVA is a licensor of signal processing IP. Together with semiconductor companies and OEMs creates power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT. Their ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure.

Source: CEVA

 


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IETF, ETSI, 5G-PPP Report Milestones in Their 5G Work 

New specifications, R&D program updates and new communication protocol proposals are the milestones that IETF, ETSI and 5G-PPP have been reporting in recent dates.  IETF issued new documents in the areas of network virtualization, slicing and ID location split in 5G Networks. The new version of IRTF network virtualization describes how network virtualization is a more complex problem than generic virtualization, i.e. cloud computing; it goes on to describe current research challenges including guaranteeing QoS, performance improvement, multi-domain support, network slicing, service composition, device virtualization, privacy and security. Another important document recently released by IETF is a locator ID split in 5G networks; according to contributor Huawei, this is needed because currently the IP address indicates both the identity and location of the end host, and does not support mobility and multiple accesses naturally. The last of IETF Drafts is an architecture for real view of deployment of mobility and multicast functions in 5G core network via slicing.

ETSI’s Next Generation Protocol (NGP) group released GS NGP 001 with the key scenarios to evolve the current Internet Protocol (IP). It contains a total of 51 use cases — referencing 3GPP TR 22.891 as well as inputs from other standard bodies. The use cases address security, mobility, context-awareness, performance improvement and content enablement as well as multi-access, Internet of Things (IoT), virtualization, mobile edge computing and energy savings to shape their protocol evolution for 5G systems.

5G PPP released its annual 5G Journal with a progress update of the 17 R&D projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 program. The journal also describes the four “industry vertical” use cases of 5G: automotive, energy, factories and e-Health. It discusses technical developments in radio access network design, NFV network slicing, system architecture, security, energy efficiency. Regarding spectrum, the journal lists primary allocations bands for 5G mobile service [24.25-27.5 GHz – 37-40.5 GHz – 42.5-43.5 GHz – 45.5-47 GHz – 47.2-50.2 GHz – 50.4-52.6 GHz – 66-76 GHz – 81-86 GHz], candidate bands for additional allocations [31.8-33.4 GHz – 40.5-42.5 GHz – 47-47.2 GHz], and also mentions LSA/ASA spectrum sharing schemes aiming at trials in some markets.

Source: IETF, ETSI and 5G PPP Report Progress in Their 5G Work

 


 

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StarHub 5G cmWave Trial with Nokia Hits 4.3 Gbps, 1 Millisecond Latency

Nokia and Singapore’s StarHub demonstrate 4.3Gbps and 1 milli-econd latency 5G centimeter wave (cmWave) frequencies. Centimeter wave refers to carrier frequencies between 3-GHz and 30-GHz, which compares to millimeter wave frequencies above 30-GHz. These higher-band frequencies are being discussed as a key component of future 5G networks. The demo was supported by Nokia’s AirScale platform. This platform promises 60% lower energy consumption and a smaller physical footprint compared to previous generation radio access technologies. The 5G trial was conducted at StarHub’s headquarters as part of the operator’s ongoing trials into future technologies to facilitate emerging use cases such as virtual and augmented reality streaming and e-health applications. Starhub Head of Engineering highlights their user-oriented approach saying that they are “…exploring how we can use 5G technologies to enrich the lives of our customers.”

Source: Nokia

 


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China Unicom Showcases Virtual Reality Mobile Edge Computing Connectivity

China Unicom’s Network Technology Research Institute is working on a future use case and calls it “panoramic virtual reality streaming of live video using drone technology.” It involves capturing video streaming from drones equipped with 360-degree HD cameras and providing it real-time to users. Users will be able to manipulate their perspective in real time for an immersive real-time VR experience. To enable this use case, China Unicom is partnering with small cells provider Baicells and with Artesyn who is providing Embedded Technologies’ MaxCore Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) acceleration platform. Reportedly, this MEC platform combined with LTE/5G transmission will provide fluent, interference-free, high-speed transmission of the video data.

Artesyn’s press release highlights that this is a prototype VR-enabled live video platform that harness MEC to achieve the low latency where “MEC provides a distributed computing environment for application and service hosting, bringing cloud technologies closer to the RAN [Radio Access Network] and ultimately, closer to consumers”.

Source: Artesyn


 

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IETF, ETSI and 5G PPP Report Progress in Their 5G Work

Elena Neira
November06/ 2016

In the las few days, IETF, ETSI and 5G PPP have provided important progress reports of their 5G activities. ETSI work to evolve today’s (IP) networking protocols towards 5G saw the first Next Generation Protocols specification completed. IETF released 3 new documents looking at network slicing, virtualization and ID location splits in 5G Networks. 5G PPP issued its 2016 annual journal with an update of the 17 programs under EU’s Horizon 2020 and views of technology and spectrum for 5G.

 

In IETF, There Are New Proposals for Virtualization, ID Split and Network Slicing in 5G: Telefonica, SigFox and InterDigital are the authors of the latest IRTF network virtualization document. The document outlines how network virtualization is a more complex problem than cloud computing, and follows with a list of current research challenges like guaranteeing QoS, performance improvement, multi-domain support, network slicing, service composition, device virtualization, privacy and security. The major outcome of the document is a proposal to IETF/IRTF to solve these challenges mapping the work to be done to potential IETF groups (see Table 1.)

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Another recently released IETF document addresses the ID location split in 5G networks. According to Huawei, authoring the document, this is needed because currently the IP (Internet Protocol) address indicates both the identity and location of the end host. This addressing scheme doesn’t support mobility and multiple accesses naturally. It is also inefficient in terms of route validity (referring to route aggregation with locator), scalability, and security; an additional issue is that the communication message is transmitted by any address, and is not  affected the identifier of both ends of the communication. To tackle these issues, a generic network scheme based on ID / Locator separate architecture is proposed. It satisfies the following requirements of future networks:

  1. Ubiquitous mobility: the identifier is independent from network location;
  2. Low latency: select any optimal path, not subject to IP network segments;
  3. High reliability: one communication identifier mapped to multi-address/transmission paths;
  4. High-bandwidth: multi-address, make full use of a variety of access technologies;
  5. Low-power and low complexity network, mass IOT device access and small data packet message transmission: transmission, signaling mechanism are simplified.

Last, an IETF Draft proposal from Korea, describes an architecture for real view of deployment of mobility and multicast functions in 5G core network. The proposal assumes that in the 5G era, the mobile network functions and mobile services could be provided on demand using NFV and network slicing. The document outlines the architecture of delivering the mobility and multicast services over 5G core network using NFV and network slicing. The mobility and multicast are delivered to customers depending on their type of traffic that they are going to request or mobile operator’s specific use cases. The proposal borrows from distributed mobility management deployment and management and orchestration framework (MANO) of NFV.

 

ETSI’s Next Generation Protocol Group Released GS NGP 001: ETSI NGP ISG (Next Generation Protocol) released a document with the key scenarios to evolve the current Internet Protocol (IP). It contains a total of 51 use cases that reference 3GPP TR 22.891 as well as inputs from other standard bodies. The use cases address security, mobility, context-awareness, performance improvement and content enablement as well as multi-access, Internet of Things (IoT), virtualization, mobile edge computing and energy savings requirements related to protocol evolution for 5G systems. The document also compares and contrasts existing IP suite protocols with next generation networking protocol architecture proposals.

When announcing the availability of the new specification, Andy Sutton, Chairman of NGP ISG said that “Current and future use cases include 4K videos on various devices, massive IoT, drone control or virtual reality…. A modernized network protocols architecture had to be triggered and this is why NGP ISG was created.”

 

The European 5G PPP Journal 2016 Issue:    5G PPP released this week their annual 5G Journal with a progress update of the 17 R&D projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 program. The journal also reviews the four “industry vertical” use cases of  5G: automotive, energy, factories and e-Health, and also addresses technical developments in radio access network design, NFV network slicing, system architecture, security, energy efficiency.

On the subject of spectrum, the journal makes three important points:

  1. The bands with primary allocations to 5G mobile service are 24.25-27.5 GHz – 37-40.5 GHz – 42.5-43.5 GHz – 45.5-47 GHz – 47.2-50.2 GHz – 50.4-52.6 GHz – 66-76 GHz – 81-86 GHz
  2. The candidate bands for additional allocations are 31.8-33.4 GHz – 40.5-42.5 GHz – 47-47.2 GHz
  3. There are some 5G PPP programs looking at LSA/ASA spectrum sharing schemes aiming at trials in some markets.

 

Sources: IETF, ETSI, 5G PPP

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