Nokia, NTT Docomo Work Together On 5G Research

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Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) and Japan’s NTT Docomo will work in close collaboration on fifth generation (5G) technologies. Both agreed to work together following the memorandum of understanding signed in January to work in the field of radio access experimental systems.

“Nokia and NTT Docomo have agreed to collaborate on research and standardization of 5G technologies and to work jointly on a 5G proof of concept (PoC) system,” Networks or NSN, the network division of Nokia, said in a statement today.

Nokia to get help in advanced radio access systems

The fifth generation network requires resolving issues, offering cell edge rates in excess of 100 mpbs, and reducing latency by a factor of 10, according to Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V).

Hossein Moiin, executive vice president & chief technology officer of Networks, said that extending ties with NTT Docomo on 5G radio technology is a vital step toward defining future mobile networks. Moiin further said that not only humans, but machines and objects will also be connected through wireless networks, creating a combination of virtual and physical worlds.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) said in a statement that both companies will assist each other in future radio access systems research aimed primarily toward finding out the capabilities of millimeter wave technology at the 70 GHz spectrum brand. The prototype 5G PoC system will be implemented with the help of National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI)’s base-band modules.

NTT Docomo’s chief technology officer Seizo Onoe said the reason for choosing Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) as a partner was its clear vision, combined with its extensive mobile broadband experience and technology leadership.

NTT Docomo to also work with Ericsson

Additionally, NTT Docomo has collaborated with Ericsson (ADR) (NASDAQ:ERIC) for the same research project. Ericsson has come up with advanced antenna technologies having wider bandwidths, higher frequencies and shorter transmission time intervals, along with radio base stations built with base-band units and radio units built specially for the 5G trial.

Ericsson (ADR) (NASDAQ:ERIC) mentioned that apart from the new antenna technologies, the trial will also utilize technology areas related to macro / small cell architecture based on a heterogeneous network, broadband communication using frequency bands at 15GHz, and high-speed, high-capacity transmission. Ericsson and NTT Docomo will work together on outdoor trials to be held in Yokosuka, Japan.

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