Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies completed a trial of frequency-division duplex (FDD) massive MIMO on Verizon’s network in Irvine, California. The companies said this was the first successful FDD massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device.
Verizon has selected Ericsson to provide the networking equipment for Verizon’s 28 GHz, pre-standard 5G fixed wireless access service, which will be deployed in several U.S. communities during the second half of 2018.
Ericsson has launched three small cell products: a multi-operator Dot, a multi-Dot enclosure for indoor deployment and, for outdoor deployments, a strand-mounted enclosure to hold multiple small cell radios.
Using Ericsson’s “connected vehicle” cloud service, new car brand Lynk & Co demonstrated a car sharing application that enables a Lynk & Co car owner to share her/his vehicle, determining when it is available and who may borrow it. The transaction uses an app on the owner's and borrower's smartphones.
Ericsson and SoftBank Corp. will evaluate the performance of 28 GHz links, indoor and outdoor, stationary and mobile. The trials will test the performance of massive MIMO, massive beamforming, distributed MIMO, multi-user MIMO and beam tracking and how each supports the requirements of 5G.
IBM and Ericsson announced what they claim is the world's first reported Si millimeter wave phased array antenna module operating at 28 GHz. The module consists of four MMICs and 64 dual-polarized antennas and measures approximately 2.8" x 2.8" — about half the size of a typical smartphone.
AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Inc., announce the formation of the “5G Automotive Association”. The association will develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration. The goal is to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.
Ericsson is commercializing the world's first 5G NR radio for massive MIMO, with the first deployments coming in 2017. Together with the Ericsson 5G Plug-Ins announced in June and Ericsson's already commercially available Radio System Baseband 5216, which currently powers Ericsson's award-winning Radio Test Bed, Ericsson is first to deliver all components of a 5G access network.