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Ericsson teams up with NTT Docomo to trial 5G

Monday, May 12th 2014 by Richard Murphy
Ericsson teams up with NTT Docomo to trial 5G

Ericsson has announced plans to trial 5G technology in partnership with Japanese carrier NTT Docomo.

As 4G adoption accelerates, two telecoms giants have already set their sights on the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Ericsson announced on Thursday (8 May 2014) that it intends to team up with Japanese carrier NTT Docomo to trial 5G technology, which will use the 15GHz frequency band to deliver data transfer rates of up to 10Gbps.

In order to carry out the tests, the company has developed advanced antenna technologies that allow for wider bandwidths, higher frequencies and shorter transmission time intervals.

Outdoor trials are to take place in Yokosuka, Japan using purpose-built base stations and radio units.

Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for NTT Docomo, said he looked forward to "showing the potential" of 5G connectivity for both consumer and business users.

Meanwhile, Ulf Ewaldsson – Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Ericsson – called the upcoming trials "an important step in the industry transformation we are experiencing".

A standard protocol for 5G connectivity is still under debate, with Ericsson having established a research lab in order to further research into how the mooted networks will work.

Commercial deployments of the technology should not be expected until "closer to 2020", the company says.

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