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Ericsson collaborates on 5G with universities in the UK and Germany

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At the NGMN Industry Conference in Frankfurt this week, Ericsson announced 5G collaborations with King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden. We spoke to Christian Hoymann, Principal Researcher at Ericsson’s Eurolabs, for more details of the joint work, and you can watch the interview exclusively on TelecomTV – just click the image above.

Experimental activities with King’s College will include the set-up of a 5G Tactile Internet Lab with test bed capabilities, enabling the creation, testing and real-time adaptation of radio technology in software. This will occur both in devices and remotely as part of Cloud RAN experimentation. An Ericsson King’s College London 5G Tactile Internet showroom will showcase developed prototypes and connect to real-time live test beds in London and globally.

"Currently we can see and hear through the Internet, but we cannot touch,” said Professor Mischa Dohler, Head of King’s College London’s Centre for Telecommunications Research in the Department of Informatics. “We have a vision to create the Tactile Internet, where we would be able to touch through the medium of the internet."

The collaboration will work alongside Ericsson’s cooperation with TU Dresden and build on other leading European research institute and university collaborations on 5G, including Lund University in Sweden.

Ericsson will use TU Dresden’s 5G Lab Germany for low-latency and ultra-high reliability communication for critical use cases; for example, autonomous driving, management of Smart Grids and the Tactile Internet. Another topic will be on new network concepts for high-bandwidth multimedia delivery of future video services.

“With Ericsson’s system insights and know-how we can apply our new technological concepts, like frequency diversity exploitation techniques, to future mobile networking solutions for critical use cases," said Professor Gerhard Fettweis, coordinator of the 5G Lab Germany at TU Dresden.

"This collaboration underscores Ericsson’s on-going commitment to innovate in Europe and develop 5G with relevant partners as the basis of a networked society and of digitized economies in the next decades,” added Valter D’Avino, Ericsson Head of Region Western and Central Europe.

TelecomTV will be bringing you an extensive series of video interviews next week, showing how operators, vendors, trade groups and standards bodies are working towards the realisation of 5G.

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