Anite, the global provider of test and measurement wireless technology, has joined a key 5G research project led by the Centre for Wireless Communications at University of Oulu in Finland.
As the newest addition to the project, Anite will contribute air-interface and channel emulation expertise to the research project alongside other leading industry organisations, including Huawei and Nokia.
Wide channel bandwidths will become necessary in order to provide the very high data rates that 5G promises to deliver, Anite says.
Researchers are looking to deploy 5G technologies at higher frequencies where large contiguous blocks of spectrum are more easily available on a global basis.
The project will help to progress research into 5G technologies by investigating the radio interface and performing radio channel measurements on frequencies around 10 GHz, according to the company.
Researchers are considering different candidate air-interface and radio access technologies for future 5G standards and early channel model research and development will be essential to understand the way radio waves propagate at various frequencies.
In order to evaluate the technology and optimise the performance of next-generation networks and devices, it is critical to accurately simulate the protocol and radio conditions of potential 5G network environments, says Anite.
Several other universities and international research projects including METIS and Virtuoso have called upon Anite's wireless expertise and test solutions to progress their research into 5G.
For instance, earlier this year, the company announced that the Anite-led task group within the METIS project finalised the world’s first 5G radio channel models, which will help to accelerate the development of 5G radio access technologies and future mobile industry standards.
Paul Beaver, Anite Device and Infrastructure Testing business products director, says, "We are excited to play a significant role in this new 5G research project led by the Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu, which will help to accelerate 5G technology development."
Professor Matti Latva-aho from the Centre for Wireless Communications at University of Oulu, says, "Anite's recognised channel emulation expertise supports the goals of the 5Gto10G project.
“It is important to have leading industry partners, such as Anite, to steer the direction of the research towards real practical issues within 5G systems."