5G research gets boost from new public-private partnership
5G research won fresh support today as the European Commission and the 5G PPP Association signed a contract to create a 5G public-private partnership (PPP). The 5G PPP will further develop 5G technology to prepare for the future standardization of the system and components that are expected to be deployed in the next decade.
“This is an important milestone towards an industry-wide agreement on use cases, requirements and technologies for 5G,” said Dr. Werner Mohr, head of research alliances, NSN, who will chair the 5G PPP Association. “LTE and its continuous evolution will be sufficient until the end of the decade. However, after 2020 a new generation of technologies will be needed to address market demands. The industry and academia are working together to create a high-performance 5G environment.”
NSN is conducting research on the flexible use of spectrum and its propagation in new, higher bands, both for centimeter1 and millimeter2 wave. In addition, the company is working on system design for ultra-dense small cell deployments to deliver the high data rates and ultra-low latency that will be needed to support future use cases such as augmented reality and tactile Internet.
Other major research areas for NSN are wide area enhancements, including efficient support of machine type communication; and 5G architecture to integrate existing and new technologies. NSN is also analyzing how 5G may be adapted to such new uses as smart grids, homes or cities.
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1 Design of a new 5G technology in centimeter waves that will be optimized for dense local area deployments will allow a significant reduction in air interface latency and prepare the grounds for an in-built support of interference management and efficient device-to-device communications, machine-type communications and self-backhauling.
2 Millimeter waves are an opportunity for big step in achievable data rates and system capacity by increase in spectrum availability – large blocks of consecutive spectrum are available in mmWave region that can potentially be used for mobile communications. The main research task in this domain is how to overcome propagation challenges in millimeter wave bands.