5G may be a ways into the future, but lots of companies are already hard at work laying the foundation for this new cellular network technology. For example, Nokia (News - Alert) has reported that it recently enabled a 5GTF pre-standard connection at a lab in Oulu, Finland.
The Dec. 23 test leveraged Nokia’s AirScale radio access and AirFrame data center running on Intel (News - Alert). And it involved a draft specification from the Verizon 5G Technology Forum, which is also known as 5GTF.
The Verizon 5G Technology Forum members include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson (News - Alert), Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Verizon. The partners have been working in 5G sandboxes at Verizon’s San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., Innovation Centers.
Verizon (News - Alert) in July announced it had completed its 5G radio specification. And it said it was the first U.S. carrier to have achieved that milestone.
In a November Verizon blog about 5G, Sanyogita Shamsunder says that initial projects for 5G implementations called for rollouts in 2020 and 2025 but now it could happen sooner than 2020. She also said an initial use case for 5G is delivering broadband to the home. She also referenced 5G’s expected role in connecting the Internet of Things.
And Verizon’s 5G blog last week talked about how Verizon last year formed the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance along with South Korea’s KT and SK Telecom, and Japan’s NTT (News - Alert) Docomo. The communication service providers want to align their 5G trial specifications.
Broader trials of 5G are expected this year. In the meantime, 4G continues its advance. In fact, Nokia has been talking a lot about how it’s laying the groundwork for 5G with its recently introduced 4.5G Pro and plans for 4.9G.
“LTE still has quite a bit of gas left in the tank in terms of capabilities coming out,” noted Mike Murphy, CTO for North America at Nokia.
Edited by Alicia Young