NTT DOCOMO Partners with ALU, Ericsson, Fijitsu, NEC, Nokia & Samsung for 5G Experimental Trials

NTT DOCOMO has announced that it will conduct experimental trials of emerging 5G mobile communications technologies, an ultra-high-speed data transmissions at more than 10Gbps, 1,000-fold the capacity of existing LTE networks with six world-leading mobile technology vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung. The leading CSP in Japan with over 63 million subscribers plans to have the new-generation cellular system for commercial deployment in 2020. 

According to a statement by DOCOMO, the parallel collaborations with each of the six vendors will involve experimental trials to confirm the potential of 5G mobile technologies to exploit frequency bands above 6GHz and realize very high system capacity per unit area, and new radio technologies to support diverse types of applications including machine-to-machine (M2M) services. DOCOMO also expects to collaborate with other companies in its effort to test a wide range of 5G mobile technologies.

DOCOMO will begin indoor trials at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture this year, to be followed by outdoor field trials planned for next year. Key findings and achievements will be shared with research institutes and at international conferences to contribute to 5G standardization, which is expected to start from 2016. Key findings also will be utilized for research aimed at incubating future advanced technologies.

 

Source :NTT Docomo

5G studies are starting to gain real momentum as we point toward 2020. I am delighted that we will collaborate on 5G experimental trials with multiple global vendors from this early stage"

- Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and CTO, DOCOMO

"We are excited by the cooperation with DOCOMO. Our vision is that 5G systems will adapt to the user's needs to create the 'network of you' and a new flexible air interface will be a key element. This air interface will couple to a flexible network infrastructure that takes full benefit from network virtualization and software-defined networking."

- Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and CTO, Alcatel Lucent

"I'm excited about the new technologies that we are exploring in the joint trial collaboration with DOCOMO. The technologies have the potential of being key components in the industry's movement towards networked society and 5G. The collaboration with DOCOMO is an important step towards that vision." 

- Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President and CTO, Ericsson

"We are very pleased to be able to build a cooperative partnership with DOCOMO toward the realization of 5G, the next generation of mobile communications technology. As social infrastructure, 5G is of paramount importance to the future development and growth of society, and we see it as an essential platform for realizing our vision of a Human Centric Intelligent Society. Through experimental trials with DOCOMO, we intend to verify 5G and, going forward, contribute further to society by driving the development of IoT and Big Data." 

- Fujitsu Hideyuki Saso, President of Fujitsu Labs and  Director at Fujitsu

"NEC is delighted to collaborate on this trial with DOCOMO for 5G mobile communication technology. We are confident that NEC will contribute to the early establishment of 5G technology by leveraging our Small Cell and SDN technology and know-how." 

- Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President, NEC

"Expanding our cooperation with DOCOMO on 5G radio technology is an important step towards defining future mobile networks," said Hossein Moiin, Chief Technology Officer, Networks business at Nokia. "Future wireless networks will interconnect not just humans but also machines and objects, creating a vibrant overlay of virtual and physical worlds with a huge variety of use cases. Together with the industry, we need to make sure that 5G technology offers the right tenets to serve these use cases flexibly and profitably." 

- Hossein Moiin, Chief Technology Officer, Network Business at Nokia

"Samsung is fully committed to the research and development of 5G technology, as evident by the recent success of our development and feasibility verification of the millimeter-wave cellular prototype. As part of our ongoing efforts in the standardization and commercialization of 5G mobile communications, we are very excited to collaborate with DOCOMO and expect to see considerable synergy in the partnership."

- ChangYeong Kim, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics and Head of Digital Media & Communications (DMC) R&D Center

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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