Nokia Networks explores potential of 5G below 6 GHz frequencies with NTT DOCOMO
Joint research project evaluating 5G radio technology at lower frequencies
Trials to demonstrate 10 Gbps throughput with low latency
Trials with technologies such as Dual Connectivity between LTE and 5G, and Licensed Assisted Access
Tokyo, Japan - 22 July 2015
To help drive future standardization of 5G* technology, Nokia Networks has partnered with NTT DOCOMO, INC. (DOCOMO) to explore and harness the potential of Nokia Networks' 5G radio technology in the 4.4-4.9 GHz band. In the joint research project, both companies are working towards achieving throughput speeds of 10 Gbps and optimized latency using frequencies below 6 GHz. The trials will also demonstrate Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) with 5G to utilize unlicensed spectrum as well as interworking with LTE through Dual Connectivity (DC). This will help DOCOMO take a major step towards its vision of having a commercial 5G network in 2020.
Key focus areas of the R&D collaboration:
Deployment of 5G baseband to achieve 10 Gbps
Demonstration of LAA (5.47-5.725 GHz)
Demonstration of LTE interworking between below 6 GHz, cmWave and mmWave technologies using Nokia Networks' commercial Single RAN Advanced hardware
Takehiro Nakamura, Vice President and Managing Director of 5G laboratory, NTT DOCOMO, INC., said:"We have been investigating a broad range of potential 5G technologies to be deployed in the 2020s. Meanwhile, we are also focused on laying a solid foundation for the targeted launch of our 5G network in 2020. In line with this vision, we take a further step by collaborating with Nokia Networks to explore the possibilities of 5G at below 6 GHz frequencies to deliver high performance, a solid coverage area and a truly unique service experience via our 5G network."
Niko Lalu, Vice President for HetRAN at Nokia Networks, said: "After showcasing high-speed data transmission in 5G, Nokia Networks and DOCOMO have now moved to the next level of strategic engagement with this agreement. The initiative underlines our commitment to support the operator in its endeavor to deliver an unparalleled experience to customers in Japan."
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* 5G is in the exploration / pre-standardized research phase. Its commercialization is planned for 2020. IMT2020 vision work in ITU-R is ongoing; 3GPP 5G work is expected to start with Release 14 early 2016.