French Companies Aim to Participate in 5G Standardization Process

A number of French technology companies are gearing up to compete with their Asian counterparts in the development of next generation ultra-fast broadband networks, and plan to participate in a European Union (EU)-endorsed 5G standardization process, which is expected to launch in November 2014. According to a report by Les Echos, a consortium – Club France – led by Orange France, and also including Alcatel-Lucent, Thales, and Sequans eBlink, is reportedly looking into partnering with other, as yet unspecified, European players in order to qualify for EU research funding. Philippe Keryer, head of Alcatel-Lucent, said:

“It [the standardization process] is [designed] to decide what will be the backbone of the broadband network of tomorrow. We have created [Club France] to allow our country to play the same role for 5G as it did for 2G.”

Meanwhile, Asian equipment vendors, led by South Korea-based Samsung and Huawei of China, have earmarked investments of up to USD600 million for the development of 5G technology by 2018. Elsewhere, Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO went a step further in May 2014 by revealing that it will conduct experimental trials of what it deems to be ‘5G’ technology in conjunction with six equipment vendors, namely: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung. The parallel trials will seek to establish the potential of the next-generation technology to exploit frequency bands above 6GHz and increase access network capacity per unit. NTT DOCOMO will begin indoor trials at its Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Yokosuka, which is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, later this year, with outdoor field trials planned for 2015. Key findings and achievements will be shared with research institutes to contribute towards 5G standardization, which is expected to commence from 2016.

Ericsson achieves 5Gbps in early 5G tests

Swedish vendor Ericsson has successfully achieved download speeds of 5Gbps over a pre-standard 5G platform during trials at its lab in Kista witnessed by senior officials from Japan’s NTT DOCOMO and SK Telecom of South Korea. previously the test was conducted on experiment basis. Ericsson’s pre-standard 5G technology uses a new radio interface concept, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and frequencies in the 15GHz band to achieve the higher levels of throughput. The company claims that the new platform will help address the relentless growth in demand for mobile data as well as enabling next-generation machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. With Long Term Evolution (LTE) penetration already reaching 30% and 50% in Japan and South Korea respectively, DOCOMO and SK Telecom have announced plans to trial 5G technology.

Alex Jinsung Choi, vice president and head of research and development for SK Telecom commented on the demonstration:

“SK Telecom plans to take the lead in 5G wireless services so we are pleased to see the progress that Ericsson has already made with their live demonstration of 5G performance. 5G will build upon the investment that we have made in LTE and expand our service offering to all of our customers.”

Meanwhile, according to the vendor the high penetration levels of LTE in the US mark the nation as another likely early-adopter of 5G technology, with Ericsson claiming that 85% of mobile connections in the US will be 4G by 2019, whilst 5G technologies are expected to see their market debut in 2020.

Ericsson also informed that it will further increase it targets and the major plans includes new antenna technologies with wider bandwidths, higher frequencies and shorter transmission time intervals, radio base stations built with baseband units, new frequency bands (including 15GHz) and high-speed, high-capacity backhaul transmission.

Huawei joins 5G Infrastructure Association Board

Lahore July 3, 2014] Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced today that it has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at the General Assembly held in Bologna on June 26th. Huawei will be represented on the Board by Dr. David Soldani of Huawei European Research Centre.

The 5G Infrastructure Association represents the private party of the 5G Public and Private Partnership (5G-PPP),a €1.4 billion joint initiative between the European ICT industry and the European Commission, aiming at materializing the next generation of communication networks that will deliver ubiquitous super-fast connectivity for Europe and globally.

Huawei will place significant effort in driving 5G foundational technology research, tests and large scale trials in collaboration with partners to assess the technical feasibility and business viability of new 5G technologies. It will also help to formulate and implement a 5G communications plan with partners and to disseminate results at a global level.

The company will play an important advisory role for the 5G Infrastructure Association, contributing to shaping European Union (EU) priorities in 5G research and extending the dialogue to a wider group of stakeholders.

Huawei will work with the European Commission and industry partners to align the work of the 5G Infrastructure Association, the 5G-PPP, the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform and various related working groups with stakeholders’ expectations.

The 5G Infrastructure Association is as an international non-profit association based in Gent, Belgium. The association conducts research on 5G communication systems and networks, the preparation of global standards related to 5G as well as regulatory discussions on topics including future frequency bands.

The association promotes R&D in the EU networks industry and works to increase the competitiveness of the industry by providing new tools and capabilities for manufacturing in Europe. In this context, it endorses the strategic rand innovation agenda developed by the NetWorld2020 ETP and the industry road-map developed by the 5G Infrastructure PPP.

About Huawei

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