Industry Starts Experimenting With Potential 5G Technologies

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 09, 2014


While 5G or the fifth generation mobile technology may not become mainstream anytime soon, Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO along with several industry leaders, has started experimenting with the next-generation wireless technologies that could deliver up to 10 Gbps over a wireless link and connect millions of new devices to the mobile network. This, according to the company, will become part of a future 5G standard.

The Japanese mobile company is working with Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, and Alcatel-Lucent to conduct lab trials at the carrier’s R&D center in Yokosuka, followed by outdoor trials network year. The company plans to submit its findings to the mobile industry researchers starting in 2016

Early on this year, South Korea too announced its investment of $1.5 billion to install a 5G wireless network by partnering with local network companies that would become fully operational by 2020.

Last year, Samsung announced its plans of a new 5G mobile adaptive array transceiver-based system. Reports stated that both the European Union and China are about to invest heavily in 5G technologies. While China established a government-led “IMT-2020 (5G) Promotions Group, the EU announcing plans to invest 50 million Euros in 2013, co-funding the METIS project, that aims to provide a system concept that supports 1,000 times higher efficiency as compared with current LTE deployments.

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A consortium of mobile operators and infrastructure providers including Huawei, Broadcom, Samsung, Fujitsu and Ericsson among others have been created to deliver the fifth generation of broadband wireless connectivity, bringing the latest innovations to address the various wireless challenges in the industry.

Experts opine that the fifth generation mobile technology may also be an answer to address the pervasive big data and other technological challenges in the industry.

For the customer, the difference between the current 4G standards and 5G will be in higher speeds, lower battery consumption, better coverage, higher number of supported devices, lower infrastructure costs, higher versatility and scalability or higher reliability of communications.

For example, the next generations of technologies are expected to meet the diverse requirements of the future, such as the explosive growth in video traffic, minimize the energy requirements of web devices and network infrastructure and cater to the insatiable desire for higher data speed rates. “This means, bringing greater operational efficiencies in the enterprise, while offering more visibility for managers and business leaders,” states Robert Plant, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Miami in his blog.

Plant also mentions that 5G would enable higher bandwidth data to be provided to systems that require large data volumes to function at maximum effect. For example, remote control air-drones could provide their operators with higher degrees of data while performing refined scanning and localized processing. This technology could be used to improve road traffic visibility and help farmers deploy geographic information systems in real time.

Hossein Moiin, Executive Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer of Networks, Nokia believes joining with NTT DoCoMo on 5G radio technology is an important step towards defining future mobile networks.

“The future wireless networks will interconnect not just humans but also machines and objects, creating a vibrant overlay of virtual and physical worlds with a huge variety of use cases,” he sums up.