Alcatel-Lucent joins 5G research project

Alcatel-Lucent joins 5G research project Alcatel-Lucent will join 16 leading telecoms players on the project. (Image source: Alcatel-Lucent/Flickr)Alcatel-Lucent has announced it is to throw its weight behind a new 5G research project

The telecoms giant will add its name to a list of 16 industry players involved in the “FANTASTIC-5G” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) project.

The two-year venture will focus on increasing capacity and flexibility and improving the energy efficiency of the next generation of mobile networks, with the aim of developing a multi-service air interface that operates below 6GHz frequency for 5G networks.

As smartphone and tablet devices become more diverse and the Internet of Things (IoT) brings with it a huge increase in the amount of sensor-related traffic, the new interface will be required to support the necessary next generation of more flexible, efficient mobile networks.

“FANTASTIC-5G is of key importance, as the multi-service air interface concepts being developed in the project will be evaluated and validated by the partners,” said project leader Frank Schaich from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs. “This helps to build up consensus and to facilitate the standardization process of 5G.”

Other project members include service providers (Orange, Telecom Italia) and component and infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Sequans Communications, Wings ICT Solutions), as well as universities and research institutes.

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