Nokia, NTT DOCOMO to Test Compact mmWave Phased-Array Antenna System in 90 GHz Spectrum Band

Nokia, NTT DOCOMO to Test Compact mmWave Phased-Array Antenna System in 90 GHz Spectrum Band Image Credit: Nokia

Nokia and NTT DOCOMO are collaborating at the Brooklyn 5G Summit to showcase a 5G technology innovation that will deliver massive-capacity to address the increased demand in video data and applications.

The companies will apply a Nokia Bell Labs-developed compact mmWave phased-array antenna system scalable up to 256-elements using an integrated circuit (RFIC) solution in the 90 GHz frequency band to enable multi-gigabit per second speeds.

The test will demonstrate how using 5G New Radio (5G NR) enhancements at higher mmWave frequency bands can manage radio complexity and a larger number of antenna beams, while enabling greater bandwidth. It will also show how using a larger number of antenna elements at higher frequency bands can minimize pathloss to enable coverage similar to that found using lower mmWave bands.

A joint demonstration will also show how dynamic offloading relocation in a 5G core will enable the low-latency networks required to support time critical mobile broadband applications for future automation and augmented reality.

Nokia and NTT DOCOMO will continue to test these technologies in NTT DOCOMO's research lab at the Yokosuka Research Park in Japan. The companies will investigate how the Nokia Bell Labs developed RFIC solution operating in the 90 GHz frequency band will enhance coverage in a variety of scenarios, including urban, suburban and in-building environments to meet the massive connectivity demands of consumers and businesses in Japan.

In January, Nokia and NTT DOCOMO announced that they were to collaborate on the integration of Nokia 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio-based hardware into NTT DOCOMO's network to prepare for future commercial launch of 5G services in Japan.

Hiroshi Nakamura, EVP and CTO, NTT DOCOMO
These demonstrations at the Brooklyn 5G Summit build on a long collaboration with Nokia. Working together, we want to accelerate the evolution of 5G technologies especially towards pioneering higher frequency bands such as 90 GHz.

Marcus Weldon, President of Nokia Bell Labs
At the Brooklyn 5G Summit, we will show the world's first RF solution that addresses the challenge of delivering optimized coverage for future mmWave frequencies, using a pioneering RFIC design that can be scaled to any array dimension and deliver optimized connectivity to any set of devices.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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