NTT Docomo Teams With Six Equipment Makers to Test 10 Gbps "5G"
May 8, 2014 5:32 PM
New technologies from the likes of Samsung and Nokia will be put to the test
NTT Docomo Inc. (
) -- Japan's largest wireless carrier -- this week
its plans for fifth generation (5G) wireless data technology trials in Japan. It hopes to bump speeds up roughly 1,000 fold over standard 4G LTE speeds, hitting speeds as high as 10 Gbps.
To get that kind of performance, it's testing new technologies like machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and dense base station coordination. The 5G tests will examine the performance of several higher frequency bands, including the 28 GHz and 70 GHz bands, regimes sometimes referred to as
"millimeter wave" technologies
NTT Docomo is teaming up with six
top telecommunications equipment makers
, including -- Nokia Oyj. (
), Alcatel Lucent SA(
), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
), Ericsson AB (
), NEC Corp. (
), and Fujitsu, Ltd. (
It released this diagram describing each company's prospective test plans:
Comments Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at 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.
The first tests will start later this year and will be done indoors at the Docomo R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Next year outdoor field tests will begin in Japan.
Similar 5G tech tests
ongoing in London, UK
. "5G" technology is expected to begin standardization in 2016.
NTT Docomo [press release]
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