After conducting fixed-wireless 5G trials using mmWave spectrum during the last year, Verizon plans to deploy Ericsson’s pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and 5G Core network in select markets in the second half of 2018. Verizon and Ericsson said they want to take a leadership role in the commercialization of 5G.
Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson’s head of business area networks, said the trials were crucial to the development of the portfolio, which is designed to support 5G NR as standardized in 3GPP.
“These trials have also been instrumental in understanding 5G technologies and mmWave propagation used in the Verizon 5GTF and the coming 3GPP 5G NR standard,” Jejdling said.
Still a Lot Going on the Labs
Meanwhile back in the lab, The Engineer reports that a 128-antenna array being at BT’s AdAstral Park technology campus in Suffolk, England, set a world record of 79 bits/seconds/Hertz of spectral efficiency over a 12 megahertz bandwidth, with the 12 users having fully bidirectional, real-time communication at 3.5 GHz.
Pivotal Commware has released a paper describing the benefits of electronic beamforming in regard to two Space Division Multiple Access (SDMA) technologies: MU – MIMO and Holographic Beam Forming (HBF).
“The wireless world is working feverishly to open a new degree of freedom, space, for explosively growing network capacity and performance. Of the technology leveraging the spatial dimension is frequently called SDMA, HBF stands out as an excellent choice for the commercial market,” the paper said.