Ericsson has joined hands with IBM to jointly research about phased-array antenna designs for 5G. It will enable the networks to deliver faster data speed to the customers. Both the company will first research about the antenna techniques and will then develop prototype systems. The main objective of this discovery is to provide the mobile users with new services on the same frequency and higher data speed.
Speaking about this, Thomas Norén, Head of Product Management Radio, Ericsson, says, “Ericsson is performing world-class radio research that will enable the extremely high data rates that will be required in the future. We have already showed 5 Gbps over-the-air in trials back in July. We are also working to solve the size barrier and look forward to developing antenna technology with IBM that will open up possibilities for new uses. We recently launched the industry’s most flexible small cell, which allows for concurrent use of multiple technologies. Even with its tablet-sized footprint, the form-factor was limited by components inside. This research collaboration will help us enable mobile network builds that provide the right coverage and capacity even in the densest urban environment.”
On being associated with Ericsson, Mehmet Soyuer, Manager of the Communication and Computation Subsystems Department, IBM Research said, “We have accumulated over 10 years of experience in developing radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit and packaging solutions, demonstrating highly integrated phased arrays for various applications. We look forward to collaborating with Ericsson to help shape the future of mobile communications.”
Earlier also both the companies have come together to introduce new leadership technologies from the lab to implementation in hardware to keep pace with the requirements that advanced standards demand. This time they aim to bring out a technology, which will integrate hundred antennas and radios on a single chip smaller than a credit card in size, greatly facilitating the use of these technologies for high-capacity small cells in indoor spaces and dense downtown areas.