NTT Docomo will conduct experimental trials of emerging 5G mobile communications technologies with six mobile technology vendors – Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia, and Samsung.
The 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.
It will also aim to realize very high system capacity per unit area, and new radio technologies to support diverse types of applications including machine-to-machine (M2M) services.
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.
It is also expected to support the connectivity of 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.