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5G Network Architecture Poster

5G is a transformational technology designed to provide significant flexibility and support for a variety of use cases. From a network architecture perspective, 5G is defining a service based architecture (SBA) where different network functions (NFs) provide services via service-based interfaces. Download your free...

Main 6G Research Areas

Which frequency ranges are supported by 3GPP’s 5G New Radio standard and what is beyond them? Several publications list the support of sub-THz and THz spectrum as one characteristic of a future wireless communication standard that eventually will be called 6G. In this video...

Poster: Microwaves and beyond

Electronic devices are pushing the frequency spectrum higher, necessitating new coaxial connectors to handle the higher frequencies with waveguides often used at the millimeter end of the spectrum. Our new poster summarizes the many size variations required to cover the bands up to 1.7...

5G Evolution: 5G Fundamentals

5G is evolving - from an adjunct technology to a solid communications standard that will change how we communicate with each other and the things around us.  Although for many, it feels like we just got here, the evolution of 5G has already begun....

5G Evolution: Advanced Topics

5G is evolving - from an adjunct technology to a solid communications standard that will change how we communicate with each other and the things around us.  Although for many, it feels like we just got here, the evolution of 5G has already begun....

THz communication – a key enabler for beyond 5G?

Sub-terahertz and terahertz (THz) waves, ranging from 0.1 THz to 10 THz, fall in the spectral region between microwave and optical waves. The prospect of enabling transfer rates in the terabit/sec range make them a key research area of 6G mobile communication. Sub-THz technologies require...

The role of AI/ML in future wireless communication – an early test & measurement perspective

Artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of machine learning (ML) accompanies the user of a state-of-the-art wireless device daily. It has achieved tremendous success in image identification, video recognition and natural language processing, to name just a few examples. However, for the next generation...

Nokia CNCS simplifies mobile voice communication

Cloud-native IMS solution provides dynamic, scalable core voice, messaging and multimedia The IP Multimedia System (IMS) is the foundation of modern voice and messaging in 4G LTE and 5G, and it lies at the very heart of most Communication Service Providers’ (CSPs) core networks. A...

What is Minimization of Drive Tests (MDT) in 5G?

The MDT solution taps user equipment (UE) to collect field measurements Introduced in 3GPP Rel-10, Minimization of Drive Test (MDT) is a standardized mechanism designed to enable operators to use user devices in a network to collect mobile network data, and thus, reduce the need...

What 5G proximity based services are in Release 17?

Proximity Services (ProSe), first introduced in Release 12 of the 3GPP specifications, is a D2D (Device-to-Device) technology that allows LTE devices to detect each other and to communicate directly. In comparison to existing D2D and proximity networking technologies, ProSe offers a number of distinct benefits...

What 5G NR coverage enhancements are in Release 17?

Coverage performance is key for mobile operators when commercializing 5G New Radio (NR) networks. Compared with LTE systems, NR systems operate at higher frequency bands, resulting in higher path loss and worse coverage performance. According to Ericsson, the direct impact that coverage has on service...

What’s new and improved in 5G Release 17?

5G is now mainstream, with more than 200 commercial 5G networks having already launched around the world and close to 1,000 5G devices already shipping—of which about half are non-smartphone devices, according to figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). Those 5G New...

What is mTRP for eMBB?

mTRP for eMBB is a MIMO technique that will help 5G mmWave deployments deliver predictable 5G broadband service at scale.

What is further enhanced MIMO (FeMIMO)?

Qualcomm noted that further enhanced massive MIMO was one of the key areas of improvement in Rel-17 According to a report by Ericsson, Rel-17 MIMO enhancements address four areas: Beam management; multiple transmission and reception points (mTRP) for ultra-reliable, low-latency communication (URLLC); mTRP for enhanced...

5 key technology inventions in 5G NR Release 17

Qualcomm’s leading role in driving advanced wireless technologies into the 3GPP global 5G standards I first wrote about the five Qualcomm wireless inventions that defined the 5G NR Release 15 foundation in 2016, and it was a time when 5G was only a vision. With...

What is the 5G multimedia priority service (MPS)?

Multimedia priority service (MPS) allows priority access to system resources to Service Users, creating the ability to deliver or complete sessions of a high priority nature According to the 3GPP, the response to emergency situations (e.g., floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks) depends on the communication...

What are non-public networks in 3GPP parlance? 

Non-Public Networks (NPNs) are 3GPP's term of art for private networks: "NPNs enable deployment of a 5G system for private use."

How is 3GPP approaching 5G-enabled unmanned aerial systems?

As 5G use cases have evolved, new studies and new features are needed for the safe operation of UAVs, 3GPP said Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are increasingly integrating into today’s airspace, providing different capabilities such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data for both civil and...

What is Multi-SIM?

Multi-SIM devices enable use of multiple subscriptions, potentially for different networks, in one device Multi-SIM is a type of service offered by mobile carriers for users with multiple connected devices. Multi-SIM is a service in which carriers give users a second or several SIM cards...

What is 5G Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB)?

Integrated Access and Backhaul provides scalable and easily-migrated wireless backhaul in 5G mmWave deployments.

What is the timeline for 3GPP Release 17?

Release 17 completion dates were initially expected in 2021 but the process was delayed due to the pandemic Together with enhancements aimed at existing use cases such as mobile broadband, industrial automation and vehicle-to-everything, 3GPP Release 17 introduces support for new ones including public safety,...

Open RAN, supported by automation and RIC, provides CSPs with new level of network flexibility

By expanding the RAN ecosystem and lowering the cost of entry, Open RAN gives CSPs more control over how they operate their networks Even as Open RAN (O-RAN) promises to end vendor lock-in and lower deployment costs, while also increasing network flexibility and market innovation,...

What is mTRP for URLLC?

3GPP Release 17 unlocks better Multiple Transmission and Reception Point (mTRP) performance for low-latency and high-bandwidth 5G services.

What 5G location services improvements are in Release 17?

‘Enhancement to the 5GC location services’, included in Release 17, aims to provide support for very low latency and very high accuracy positioning According to the 3GPP, the work item dubbed ‘Enhancement to the 5GC location services’, included in Release 17, aims to provide support...

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