Japan's NTT DoCoMo to Start Testing 5G Mobile Networks
Published on: 8th May 2014
Japan's NTT DoCoMo has announced plans to conduct experimental trials of emerging 5G mobile technologies with six mobile technology vendors Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.
The parallel collaborations between DoCoMo and 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.
The mobile network added that it also expects to collaborate with other companies in its effort to test a wide range of 5G mobile technologies.
5G is a new-generation cellular system targeted at commercial deployment in 2020. The new system is expected to enable ultra-high-speed data transmissions at more than 10Gbps, 1,000-fold the capacity of existing LTE networks, as well as connectivity for massive numbers of devices to support the ever-expanding market of M2M services.
"5G studies are starting to gain real momentum as we point toward 2020," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at DoCoMo. "I am delighted that we will collaborate on 5G experimental trials with multiple global vendors from this early stage."
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.