Mobile and network giant Nokia is collaborating with Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo to research and standardize the fifth generation (5G) technologies. The two giants will also work together on a 5G proof of concept (PoC) system. As more of our devices are getting smarter, the future of wireless networks is supposedly going to pace up with that demand as well.
"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," NSN, the network division of Nokia said in a statement today.
Standardizing and adapting to this new technology has its own set of challenges. In order to check the demand for extreme capacity and performance, the cell-edge rates need to exceed 100 Mbps and the latency should be reduced by a factor of 10. These challenges will become relevant to operators. Earlier this year, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to research future radio access experimental systems.
"Expanding our cooperation with NTT Docomo on 5G radio technology is an important step towards defining future mobile networks," said Hossein Moiin, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Networks.
The companies will focus on exploring the potentials of the millimetre wave technology at the 70GHz spectrum band. "We chose Nokia as our partner for the 5G research project based on its clear vision as well as its extensive mobile broadband experience and technology leadership," NTT Docomo Chief Technology Officer, Seizo Onoe said.