Ericsson in pre-5G projects with both Japanese leaders
November 25, 2015
NTT Docomo is first operator to use Ericsson's compact new 5G radio prototypes, and KDDI signs R&D pact with the Swedish vendor
Ericsson continues to push on with its pre-5G projects. It has introduced a 5G Radio Prototype, well ahead of any agreed standards, to allow operators to trial technologies in a live field environment. NTT Docomo of Japan is the first publicly announced user, as it chases its own ambitious 5G timing, planning to launch commercial services in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Ericsson said phase two of its 5G testbed program has significantly reduced the size of its prototypes to carry-on luggage proportions, weighing about 20 kilograms. The portable units feature various technologies that are highly likely to be core to 5G standards, and which are central to the pre-standard developments of the large vendors. These include next generation multiuser MIMO and beamforming.
This portable platform incorporates some of the developments which emerged from phase one of the program, which involved testing in the labs and in live indoor and outdoor environments.