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5 Things Happening in 5G

Elena Neira
January06/ 2017

Happening in 5G, the US names seven administrators to manage spectrum sharing scheme in the 3.5 GHz band; Intel unveils the first global 5G modem; AT&T, Ericsson and Qualcomm announce plans to conduct interoperability testing and field trials of 5G New Radio aiming at video steams; at the 2016 Chinese Communications Conference, China Unicom outlined a three-step 5G commercialization plan; and finally, the 2017 year starts with renewed and even higher interest in 5G with CES 2017 showcasing 5G technologies all over the show, and with a 40% increase in searches for the term 5G.

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US Names Administrators to the 3.5 GHz Band

In US, the FCC recently announced the designation of the 3.5 GHz spectrum administration entities . It approved seven entities to manage the 3.5 GHz band: Amdocs; Comsearch; CTIA; Federated Wireless; Google; Key Bridge; and Sony as Spectrum Access System (SAS) Administrators in the 3550-3700 MHz band. The SAS will coordinate three tiers of users in the 3.5 GHz Band, making the band available for commercial use on a shared basis with existing incumbents, i.e. federal and non-federal users. 5G will make use of new and often higher frequency bands (most prominent options under consideration are 3.5GHz, 28GHz, 37GHz and 39GHz),  and it will also use bands already used by existing cellular technologies such as the 700 MHz band. 5G will also offer unprecedented technology options that make it possible to administer these chunks of radio spectrum beyond the legacy license model, and this SAS scheme marks an important step toward making spectrum managed under other innovative uses. The FFC approval is conditional, and issues such as the propagation model that SAS administrators and the WinnForum are assessing remain open.

Source: FCC


Intel Announces First Global 5G Modem

Coinciding with the CES 2017 tradeshow, Intel is announcing the first global 5G modem as well as a companion transceiver. The transceiver and modem combination can support trials and testing in  sub-6 GHz bands as well as 28 GHz mmWave band. Intel has in mind that this is a wining combination to use in segments where 5G will see initial traction, i.e. “… is expected to be used by leading operators and industry leaders in early 5G deployments including automotive, home broadband, mobile devices and others.” Intel also announced at CES the launch of the 5G-ready GO platform, to help autonomous vehicles connect using cloud computing. GO development kits for Intel’s Atom and Xeon processors were introduced at the show. Intel also shared that it has partnered with BMW and Mobileye, and it has acquired 15% of digital mapping firm HERE as part of the push into autonomous vehicles.

Source: Intel Intros 5G Global Modem




AT&T, Ericsson and Qualcomm in New 5G Collaboration

With CES 2017 underway, AT&T, Ericsson and Qualcomm are announcing plans to conduct interoperability testing and field trials of 5G New Radio (NR) starting  the second half of 2017. These tests will be conducted in  the mmWawe very-high frequency bands –short distance and high bandwidth. Cellular providers in general aim at utilizing these frequencies in “densification” efforts in high population areas and in high usage venues like football stadiums, train stations, concert halls and urban plazas. The most demanding use will be streaming video loads in 4K and/or HDR, connected cloud services and VR/AR apps. The focus on streaming, video perhaps could make this announcement a piece of the puzzle of AT&T’s DirectTV strategy.

Source: AT&T, Ericsson and Qualcomm Announce 5G NR Collaboration



China Unicom Outlines 5G Commercialization Plan

During Chinese Communications Annual Conference 2016, China Unicom detailed the company’s 5G deployment plans. China Unicom says that it plans to promote 5G in three stages. During the first stage (2016 – 2017), it will issue white papers covering 5G demand, network architecture and technology evolution; in the second stage (2017 – 2018), it will verify key technology standards for the wireless network, the core network and transmission systems; in the third and final period (2018 – 2019), the company will carry out field trials, 5G commercial ecological cooperation and develop commercial construction plans. China Unicom also highlighted at the conference that 5G will be combined with other vertical industries, and migrate from voice services to Internet & integrated information services, achieving seamless integration between ICT and comprehensive information.

Source: China Unicom



A 40% Increase WorldWide in Google Searches for “5G”

Google Trends reports that last week (December 28, 2016 – January 2, 2017) saw an uptake of 40% in Google searches for “5G” worldwide. Breaking it up by regions, the interest in the term increased the most in China (100%), Taiwan (47%) and India (43%). Google also reports that the raising related topics, i.e. topics with the biggest increase in search frequency since the last period are ‘CES’ with +500%, ‘Intel’ with +300% and ‘AT&T’ with 170%.



Source: Google Trends 

Issue No. 9 (2017-01-03) 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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Elena Neira