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Second annual Brooklyn 5G Summit now underway

April 8, 2015  

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Global leaders and top researchers exploring the next, ultra-fast generation of mobile communications will begin gathering today at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, jointly organized by Nokia Networks and the university research centre NYU Wireless.

Taking place this week at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn, N.Y., the summit brings together wireless and mobile industry research and development leaders in academia, business and government to explore the future of 5G wireless technology.

Special focus this year is on spectrum assets above 6GHz, progress in channel modeling at these higher frequencies, and massive MIMO (multiple-input, multiple output) antenna systems for 5G.

The use of new spectrum bands is one of the key ingredients in future 5G networks, enabling the delivery of ‘virtually zero’ latency to support such applications as tactile Internet, connected cars and augmented reality, organizers said in a release.

Since last year’s summit, many of the 14 industrial affiliate sponsors of NYU Wireless advanced research and development and built working prototypes of potential 5G systems, and several will explain and demonstrate their breakthroughs during the summit.

* Nokia Networks will demonstrate with National Instruments a 10Gbps peak rate system over the air at 73GHz (mmWave), which the two firms said will pave the way for future 5G networks.

* NYU Wireless will demonstrate an updated prototype of a “channel sounder,” which is a system for how millimeter waves propagate in indoor and outdoor environments.  Its earlier version of this system provided the first validation that mmWave cellular networks were feasible. The organization’s second demonstration will be a millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication link using an LTE-like transmission ,but in the higher frequencies bands for future cellular.

“The industry has widely adopted Nokia’s view that 5G will be about people and things with three categories of use cases: massive broadband that delivers gigabytes of bandwidth on demand; critical machine-type communication that allows for immediate, synchronous eye-hand feedback enabling remote control over robots; and massive machine-type communication that connects billions of sensors and machines,” said Lauri Oksanen, vice president of research and technology at Nokia Networks.

Further coverage will appear in the May/June issue of Connections+.

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