Japanese biggest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, has announced that it will associate with six mobile vendors to start a research on 5G technology which involve higher frequency bands than those used for existing mobile technologies.
Vendors involved in Docomo’s 5G efforts to exploit frequency bands above 6GHz are Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia, and Samsung, although Chinese networking vendor Huawei is noticeably absent from the pilot. Docomo announced last year it was aiming to deploy 5G commercially by 2020 with speeds up to 10Gbps, compared with today’s LTE networks which peak at around 100Mbps to 150Mbps. Source
NTT Docomo said it plans to begin indoor 5G trials at its R&D centre in Yokosuka this year, followd by outdoor field trials next year. Key findings and achievements, noted the operator, will be shared with research institutes and at international conferences to contribute to 5G standardisation – a process that NTT Docomo expects will start from 2016. Source
“5G studies are starting to gain real momentum as we point toward 2020. We appreciate that 5G will provide significant performance enhancements to support future new applications that will impact both users and industry. We look forward to showing the potential of 5G radio access technologies via this experimental trial,” said Seizo Onoe, chief technology officer at NTT DoCoMo.