22 August 2016

BT and Nokia team up for 5G research

BT and Nokia team up for 5G research

The arrival of next-generation 5G networks has affected a step closer after BT and Nokia proclaimed a new research collaboration agreement.

The two companies have in agreement to work together on potential client use cases for 5G technologies, the creation of 5G proof of conception (PoC) trials and the development of the emerging technology standards and instrumentality.

The trials will focus on the technology enablers for 5G including mmWave (millimeter wave or ultra-high frequency wave) radio and convergence, as well as potential commercial employment including ultrafast mobile broadband and the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

Integrating the best capabilities of fixed and mobile networks, 5G has the potential to deliver levels of property which surpass today’s 4G technologies.

Ultrafast speeds

It will offer greatly improved ultrafast speeds to mobile users – for example, the ability to transfer a full-length feature film in just seconds.

The speed and flexibility offered by 5G would be able to support new business and user employment based on IoT, including connected cars, smart cities and remote health observation applications.

Howard Watson, chief executive of BT Technology, Service & trading operations, said: “It’s still early years for 5G technology, but experience tells us that a cooperative approach is key to success. We’re delighted to be working with Nokia to drive a common approach to 5G, and to develop exciting use cases which bring together our combined experience in fixed and mobile technologies.”

Communicating with things

Cormac Whelan, head of the UK & Ireland at Nokia, said: “5G is the communication theory technology of the future, and it will transform how we communicate with each other, as well as communicate with inclination and ‘things’.”

As a first step in the collaboration, Nokia is presently conducting trials of its latest 5G-ready radio instrumentality at the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk.

This radio system demonstrates key 5G technology ingredients that are presently in standardisation running on Nokia’s AirScale radio access, including an entirely new 5G frame structure and 4 x 100MHz carrier aggregation.

Although best best-known for its work on fiber-optic and broadband technologies, the BT Labs have played a major role in the development of wireless information employment, and were the location for the first trial of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) information calls - the precursor to today’s 3G and 4G information employment.