5G action this day: GSMA yells at Germany over 5G license conditions; Nokia and StarHub complete 3.5 GHz 5G pilot; 3GPP explains 5G standards corrections; ETSI releases IP specs for 5G slicing and URLLC; DoCoMo and Rohde & Schwarz get cracking on 6G
GSMA yells at Germany over 5G spectrum license conditions
The GSMA has blasted the proposed terms of the upcoming 5G spectrum award in Germany from the Federal Network Agency, claiming they contain unreasonable and unrealistic license conditions that will “poison” 5G network investment.
Among other things, the GSMA objected to unrealistic coverage obligations for the 3.6-GHz band, the roaming and wholesale obligations attached to the 3.4 to 3.7 GHz band, the reservation of 100 MHz for local use, and auction rules that give new entrants an unfair advantage over incumbents and discourage suburban and rural rollouts. Read more …
Nokia and StarHub complete 3.5 GHz 5G pilot
Nokia and StarHub have completed an outdoor pilot of 5G NR in Singapore using the 3.5-GHz band. The companies demonstrated industrial and consumer applications to staff, industry partners and enterprise customers over ‘live’ Nokia 5G cells and core network technology at StarHub’s headquarters in Singapore.
One industrial application replicated a manufacturing environment, featuring how businesses can use 5G-enabled video analytics to enhance efficiency and minimise production errors. Another demonstration showed how sports fans can turn to virtual reality headsets to enjoy ‘live’ events virtually lag-free over 5G. Read more …
3GPP explains 5G standards corrections
Following the freeze of 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) specifications in March 2018 and 5G Standalone (SA) specifications in September 2018, 3GPP says it has been fixing bugs in the standards, and has been fielding questions from the industry regarding some of the corrections – specifically, whether they are backwards compatible, and possible consequences for network deployment plans and chipset/device plans.
Here is a summary from the 3GPP RAN and RAN WG Chairmen on how 5G NR corrections are being handled. In short: don’t worry. Read more …
ETSI releases IP specs for 5G slicing and URLLC
The ETSI group on Next Generation Protocol (ISG NGP) says it has just released a new specification and reports to optimize the performance, efficiency, and scalability of new services proposed for 5G such as network slicing or ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC).
“Current IP protocols for core and access networks need to evolve and offer a much better service to mobile traffic than the current TCP/IP-based technology,” said John Grant, chairman of the ETSI ISG NGP. “Our specifications offer solutions that are compatible with both IPv4 and IPv6, providing an upgrade path to the more efficient and responsive system that is needed to support 5G.” Read more …
DoCoMo and Rohde & Schwarz get cracking on 6G
Using test and measurement equipment from Rohde & Schwarz, NTT DoCoMo has developed an ultra-wideband mmWave band channel sounder to measure radio wave propagation characteristics necessary for evaluating mmWave mobile communication systems exceeding 100 GHz for the next generation beyond 5G.
The two companies used the channel sounder to conduct radio wave propagation experiments at frequencies up to 150 GHz. Read more …
(Compiled and edited by John C Tanner)