In its bid to catapult its operations towards the next wave of communications regime, Japan’s NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, is all set to conduct experimental trials of emerging 5G mobile communications technologies with six world-leading mobile technology vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.
The parallel collaborations between DOCOMO and each of the six vendors will involve experimental trials to confirm the potential of 5G mobile technologies to exploit frequency bands above 6GHz and realize very high system capacity per unit area, and new radio technologies to support diverse types of applications including machine-to-machine (M2M) services. DOCOMO also expects to collaborate with other companies in its effort to test a wide range of 5G mobile technologies.
5G is a new-generation cellular system targeted at commercial deployment in 2020. The new system is expected to enable ultra-high-speed data transmissions at more than 10Gbps, 1,000-fold the capacity of existing LTE networks, as well as connectivity for massive numbers of devices to support the ever-expanding market of M2M services.
“5G studies are starting to gain real momentum as we point toward 2020,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at DOCOMO. “I am delighted that we will collaborate on 5G experimental trials with multiple global vendors from this early stage.”
DOCOMO will begin indoor trials at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture this year, to be followed by outdoor field trials planned for next year. Key findings and achievements will be shared with research institutes and at international conferences to contribute to 5G standardization, which is expected to start from 2016. Key findings also will be utilized for research aimed at incubating future advanced technologies.
DOCOMO started studies on 5G requirements, concept and technologies as early as 2010. Going forward, DOCOMO will continue to actively research 5G to further contribute to the technical advancement and global proliferation of mobile communications.
Speaking about this development, Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs & CTO, Alcatel-Lucent, said: “We are excited by the cooperation with DOCOMO. Our vision is that 5G systems will adapt to the user’s needs to create the ‘network of you’ and a new flexible air interface will be a key element. This air interface will couple to a flexible network infrastructure that takes full benefit from network virtualization and software-defined networking.”
Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President and CTO of Ericsson, mentioned, “I’m excited about the new technologies that we are exploring in the joint trial collaboration with DOCOMO. The technologies have the potential of being key components in the industry’s movement towards networked society and 5G. The collaboration with DOCOMO is an important step towards that vision.”