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Nokia, Ericsson roll out demos for 5G World

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Nokia and Ericsson are going toe to toe at this week's 5G World event in London, demonstrating centimetre wave tech and remote surgery.

The Finnish vendor will use its AirScale Radio Access technology to support a 4.5GHz 5G centimetre wave band using MU-MIMO. It will also use its Cloud Packet Core, which comprises a Mobility Management Entity, System Architecture Evolution Gateway and Home Subscriber Server all running on the AirFrame data centre platform.

Further, the vendor will show how network slicing technology can be used to deliver different kinds of applications and services.

The tech uses cloud orchestration to create new services instantly to meet the demands of different customers and applications, such as robots in a factory or ultra-high mobile broadband speeds for enterprises or homes.

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Hossein Moiin, CTO of Nokia's Mobile Networks business unit, said: "By introducing 5G-ready technologies now in our commercial solutions, which support today's LTE-Advanced and the upcoming LTE-Advanced Pro / Pro II, our customers can smartly bridge their networks to 5G. This will allow them to create and capture new business and meet the massive data demand from people and IoT as it develops."

Nokia said it will also demonstrate how 5G can enable applications such as connected cars and smart robotics, as well as low latency critical communication networks.

The vendor has claimed it has more than 40,000 scientists and engineers working globally on 5G technology.

Meanwhile, Ericsson and King's College, London, will demonstrate tactile robotic surgery using a software defined network.

The demonstration involves a robotic finger that is able to identify cancerous tissue and send information back to a surgeon using haptic feedback.

Remote surgery is less invasive than traditional methods and still allows surgeons to conduct real time localisation of hard nodules in tissue by using a haptic glove.

Valter D’Avino, Head of Ericsson Western & Central Europe, said: “Through this 5G simulation demonstration we can show how latency is a critical part of what 5G can deliver, bringing both the sense of touch and an essential real-time video feed to remote surgery.”

Professor Mischa Dohler, Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London, added: “By 5G enabling enhanced minimally invasive remote surgery, the number of applications escalates and the advantages are no longer geographically localized. It enables worldwide mentorship and scalability of diagnosis and intervention.”

Ericsson has been working with King's College for several years on researching 5G technology and use cases.