5G


  • Vendors and operators need to cooperate on software and systems to regain Europe's prominence in the telecoms market with the advent of 5G, a conference has heard.
     
    Delegates at Huawei's 5G@Europe summit, held in Munich on Monday, were told that a range of technologies – including MEO satellites using Ka-Band Multibeam, massive MIMO, densification of small cells and intercell coordination – could be used to help deliver the expected thousand-fold surge in capacity that 5G will bring. 
     
  • As European operators continue to roll out 4G LTE networks, the wider telecoms industry is already thinking ahead about 5G.

    Although there are no confirmed standards for this new technology, the European Commission pledged €50 million in February to fund 5G research and people are starting to outline their vision of a 5G future.

    Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO of Ericsson, says the vendor has spent the last three years working on its vision of 5G and believes that the industry is missing a trick if it chooses to focus on fast speeds as the key benefit of this next gen technology.

  • The head of Huawei Communications Technologies Labs has said it will be possible to automate “the entire society” in the future as 5G wireless technology fuses with cloud computing and big data.

    Dr Wen Tong made the statement in a release outlining the vendor’s vision for 5G, which it believes will emerge between 2020-2030.

  • Samsung Electronics claims that it has developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology using the millimeter wave Ka bands, which will enable 5G data transmission speeds several hundred times faster than 4G LTE networks.

    5G is the next generation of 4G LTE and will require a broad band of frequencies to enable mobile broadband data speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station.

  • Freeview provider Arqiva is not happy about Ofcom's proposed re-allocation of spectrum in the 700MHz band for future mobile broadband services, saying that Ofcom is "yet to make the case" for such a transition.

    Ofcom, mirroring discussions at the World Radiotelecommunications Conferenceheld from January-February 2012, has proposed that spectrum in the 700MHz band, currently used by digital terrestrial television - is re-allocated for mobile broadband services.