With current wireless data networks in the "fourth generation" or 4G, key players in the ICT sector are already paving the way for 5G wireless data networks and beyond technologies. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week we are witnessing examples of how current investment into this next generation networks has spread across research initiatives worldwide.
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IMDEA Networks researchers present at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 recent innovations stemming from several joint European projects aimed to develop 5G networks.
The organizers of FITUR 2018, the annual international tourism fair celebrated at IFEMA (Madrid, Spain), interview Arturo Azcorra, Director of IMDEA Networks, Telematics professor at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and Vice President of 5TONIC.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia inaugurated last week the IFEMA LAB 5G presented at the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2018, held in Madrid from January 17th to the 21st. During the opening visit to the fair, the Spanish Monarchs visited the stand of the IFEMA LAB 5G, an initiative launched by IFEMA and 5TONIC to explore ways of applying 5G technology to the tourism and trade fair sectors.
FITUR 2018 will be the presentation platform for a series of technological solutions aimed at the tourism industry and fair management, ready to spring into action with 5G technology- still in the standardisation process-,, in the near future. This is a line of prototypes developed by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers who have been working since last September at the IFEMA LAB 5G laboratory, set up by IFEMA and 5TONIC, a company founded by Telefónica, IMDEA Networks Institute, and ERICSSON.
If they are to achieve data rates exceeding 10Gbps, 5G networks will demand an extended range of frequencies allowing for large continuous bandwidths. The solution could arise from mm-wave bands within multi-RAT deployments.