With MWC Americas now up and running, and seemingly buzzing, the 5G announcement floodgates have opened, with all manner of vendors and their operator friends whipping up a next-generation mobile standard frenzy and cranking the volume up to 11. (See MWC Americas Day 1 Recap .)
Nokia has also teamed up with Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) to "accelerate interoperability testing and trials compliant with the 5G NR 3GPP specification," while Qualcomm has also unveiled a 5G NR mmWave prototype system based on the 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15 specifications that operates in mmWave spectrum bands above 24GHz.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), meanwhile, is developing a "5G proof of concept test in several cities across Japan" with KDDI Corp. The tests, which will be completed by March 2018, will use the 4.5GHz frequency band, a "candidate frequency band" for 5G in Japan. The trials will also include interworking between 4G LTE and 5G using the 4.5GHz and 28GHz frequency bands.
Mavenir Systems Inc. has unveiled its SDN-controlled 5G core network and cloud RAN offerings, stressing its "cloud-native" approach, its focus on virtualization and the availability of its "5G-ready" virtualised Cloud Base Band Unit (vBBU), which the vendor says can be deployed with any remote radio units. Mavenir says its systems, which support 4G LTE and which are already being put through their paces in multiple trials and proofs of concept (PoCs), enable "investment protection" as the system can be upgraded to support 5G New Radio (NR) standards through remote-upgradeable software-defined radio (SDR) capabilities.
South Korean operator LG U+ has conducted a 5G field test with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd , using the vendor's 5G gNodeB, Ng Core and a 5G mobile bearer network across the 28GHz frequency band. Huawei has also been demonstrating potential 5G use cases with Japanese operator SoftBank Corp. The demonstration included real-time UHD video transmission (with throughput in excess of 800 Mbit/s), remote control of a robotic arm using ultra-low latency transmission (less than 2 milliseconds one way), and remote rendering via a GPU server using edge computing.
Test and measurement specialist Keysite Technologies has launched its 5G RF DVT Toolset, a network emulation solution for 5G radio design verification testing. It is designed to support a broad range of spectrum settings, from sub-6GHz to mmWave, and to test pre-5G specifications as well as the upcoming new radio (NR) standard. The announcement follows from Keysight's launch in May this year of its 5G Protocol R&D Toolset. (See Keysight Unveils 5G Protocol Test Kit.)
Chip vendor Cavium Inc. (Nasdaq: CAVM) has developed a CORD (Central Office Re-architected as Data center) SDN/NFV platform software stack on its ThunderX ARM-based data center server architecture, alongside a "full leaf and spine SDN fabric" on its XPliant programmable SDN switches. Cavium is showing off these capabilities in a multi-rack configuration running "M-CORD Virtualized Mobile Infrastructure and Edge Services" at the MWC Americas show (on the Open Network Foundation's stand, N.332). This configuration can be used in a central office or edge data center for testing "NFV, 5G and C-RAN new technology concepts like intelligent fronthaul and network slicing," boasts Cavium. The chip vendor says it has been working with China Unicom on M-CORD and Cloud RAN projects using this platform.
Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) says its 5G Mobile Trial Platform (MTP), which was first announced last year, will support the new non-standalone NR standard when the specifications become available in the fourth quarter of this year for live tests and trials. The chip giant says it will work with the major mobile network infrastructure vendors and leading operators to test standards-based NR gear "in real-world situations" and "help the industry meet ambitious targets to deploy commercial 5G services before 2020."
South Korea's largest operator, SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM), and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), India's largest operator, have forged a "strategic partnership" under which Airtel will "leverage SK Telecom's expertise to build the most advanced telecom network in India." The partnership will encompass the development of network management, customer experience, big data and machine learning tools. The two operators will also collaborate on 5G, NFV, SDN and IoT developments, "building an enabling ecosystem for the introduction of these technologies in the Indian context," said SKT in a press release.
DanJones, User Rank: Blogger 9/14/2017 | 2:32:59 PM
Re: When I Can Get It In the US?
2018-19 for fixed.
Late 2019 and beyond for mobile.
Some of more exciting apps (automotive etc) probably won't start to appear till 2021 or so. Because they're in the Phase 2 specs.
Re: When I Can Get It 5G networking technology will be here before we know it, but the services that 5G will enable will be dependent on things other than wireless/mobile tech -- edge computing/distributed cloud will be the enabler, IMHO.