ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- The countdown to 5G has officially begun following today’s opening of The 5G Development Centre at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.
To achieve 5G’s anticipated speeds of up to 800Gbps and thousand-fold increase in capacity requires the development of a multitude of new components and techniques to improve spectral efficiency, accommodate more users and connected devices, increase data rates, and reduce power consumption.
Research at the 5G Development Centre will initially focus on:
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) will also collaborate with the Centre which is supported by Nutaq Innovation Inc, a Canadian company which provides development, validation and test systems called Titan MIMO for 5th generation wireless technologies.
The 5G Development Centre is headed by Professor Corbett Rowell, the first Western Research Director at China Mobile’s Research Institute in Beijing, who has a long and successful track record in developing innovative techniques and technologies for wireless networks.
Professor Rowell said “5G is not a straightforward evolution from 4G and requires a complete rethink of current practices. Although the industry has been talking about 5G for a while, current research is a couple of years away from completion. The 5G Development Centre will speed up the process and provide a central focus for 5G research in Asia.”
Academics and researchers from around the world are encouraged to take part in the Centre’s work, exchange information and share their own research by joining the 5G Ecosystem. http://5G-Ecosystem.org and connecting on Twitter @5GEcosystem
The 5G Ecosystem Group will also be meeting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 2-5 March 2014. To receive more details and book a place please email [email protected]
As part of its contribution to the 5G Development Centre, Nutaq will be providing Titan MIMO, the world’s most complete 5G testbed that can support up to 1000 transceivers (or antenna elements) and enables real-time, wideband, Massive MIMO implementation. The system also allows measurement in different channel conditions. In line with its mission for supporting innovation in wireless communication technology, Nutaq will also provide dedicated technical staff to support a joint research project with Professor Rowell on Massive MIMO and mmWave.
Francis Letourneau, VP Sales and Marketing of Nutaq, said “The 5G Development Centre is a place of excellence and expertise for the industry. It will provide a central point for the world’s 5G R&D and enables the sharing of information and experience. Nutaq’s involvement will mean that our customers and collaborators will be amongst the first to benefit from the work of the centre.”