Ericsson & IBM: The Many Phases of 5G

Ericsson said Monday morning that it is going to work with IBM on antenna technology that is expected to eventually become part of the 5G next-generation wireless specification.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) specifically plan to work on the development of phased-array antennas. This is an antenna array in which the signals of the separate elements are phase-shifted to create a very directional signal. For the end user, this should help to achieve faster downloads and can be delivered by vendors and operators via significantly smaller radios.

"The outcome of these technological advances will integrate [in] the order of a hundred antennas and radios on a single chip smaller than a credit card in size, greatly facilitating the use of these technologies for high-capacity small cells in indoor spaces and dense downtown areas," says Ericsson in a statement.

For more on 5G strategies, check out our 5G channel here on Light Reading.

Even before this development work, the Swedish vendor has been running pre-5G tests in Stockholm this July with maximum download speeds of 5 Gbit/s. It expects that initial 5G technology will start to be deployed in 2020. At the moment, there is no actual 5G standard but there is a lot of research and hype going on ahead of the next-generation standard arriving.

Ericsson's CTO has previously told Light Reading that he expects that 5G will build on LTE-Advanced but also try and utilize new spectrum, such as 15GHz and 60GHz millimeter wave bands. (See Ericsson CTO: 5G Needs Broad Brush and The Many Faces of 5G .)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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MikeP688 12/15/2014 | 11:26:23 PM
Re: IBM Thanks for sharing.     I have and have reflected upon it.    But, I would argue that we have moved beyond "Who Moved My Cheese" in some respects in lieu of the change we've been witness to.   

MikeP688 12/15/2014 | 11:24:51 PM
Re: IBM Courageous means a sense of the possible, being open minded enough to recognize when changes is before us and be able to see "beyond the now".    This simple yet profound principle was evident for me as I was reviewing today's reporting on the predicament faced by the major Wireless providers in a fight to the death that saw Verizon coming out with a warning and AT&T warning of its' "Churn" rate. 
Susan Fourtané 12/9/2014 | 6:42:21 AM
Re: IBM Indeed. There is only one wish I have and that is that I would like to live for at least 500 more years to witness all the fascinating changes that will occur. Although I know I will want another 500 years of life extension after that. :D

Which reminds me, there is some research about life extension and immortality in connection to 3D printing human organs and tissue for transplant that has been going on for some time now. If they advance fast and it becomes a reality in a relatively short period of time, I could have a chance. :)


Susan Fourtané 12/9/2014 | 6:21:10 AM
Re: IBM Mike, 

I believe its message contains one of the greatest pieces of business management advice of all times. At least, as far as I know from what I do know. 

In a good part I agree with you about taking away the long-term vision part as, in a way, it contradicts somehow with the essence of change. I believe having a short-term vision, embracing change as fast as it happens, and being able to adapt the vision as well, creating a new short-term vision is the way it works the best. It works better as a motivational bit as well. 

Of course, this can also depend on each individual. So, one can take and adapt the message according to one's personal viewpoint. :) 

But, why do you take away the need of being courageous bit? 


MikeP688 12/8/2014 | 11:53:50 PM
Re: IBM The pipeline of innovative and engaging ideas which I am also on the prowl for constantly will be fascinating to be a part of--that's for sure. 
MikeP688 12/8/2014 | 11:52:46 PM
Re: IBM I have indeed and have embraced the essential message of it as part of my own Management Philosophy   The need to be courageous, understand the long-term vision is part and parcel of the essential message I took away.  Thank you for sharing.

Susan Fourtané 12/8/2014 | 4:03:56 AM
Re: IBM Mike, 

" ... it is how this change and transformation is managed will drive a sense of the future."

Exactly. :)

Have you read Who Moved My Cheese, or watched this short film based on the book?  

Susan Fourtané 12/8/2014 | 3:11:45 AM
Re: IBM Mike,

There is a possibility, though, that those making progress will not see it coming. It's not easy to predict what will it happen, but it is certainly something that attracts my interest and attention as one of the most fascinating technological developments of all times up to now. 

MikeP688 12/8/2014 | 12:19:24 AM
Re: IBM Whenever one is faced with Change (and the Virtual pages of Light Reading is a great testatement to this) there will be resistance.   As I noted a few minutes ago, it is how this change and transformation is managed will drive a sense of the future.    If we had not, we would not be here today--and I for one continue to be ever so excited (and will probably hold Kurzweill to live up to his admointion to guarantee nearly mortality if we "stick it out) for 10 years--and half of it has passed :-) :-) 
MikeP688 12/8/2014 | 12:16:32 AM
Re: IBM What the GCHQ Director is the same as what the US DNI (Director of National Intelligence) has said--which I view as "Noise".   Progress has to be made--no question.   But we have to have a sense of humanity and insure that this progress is never ever at the expense of humanity.    I view the implicit underlying message by the emminent Professor as such.
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