Accelerating 5G NR, the race to a new air interface

Posted: Mar 14, 2017


Phew, that’s Mobile World Congress over for another year…a manic week - 108,000 attendees from 208 countries, 2,300 companies exhibiting and over 3,500 members of the press, spread over 9 halls and more outside - it was no surprise that I covered over 60,000 steps from Monday to Thursday!

But while MWC17 was in full flow in Barcelona, there were renewed calls for the 3GPP standards organisations to accelerate the decisions over 5G New Radio, to enable chip designers, infrastructure makers and operators get to market in 2020.

Demo preparation for Mobile World Congress, 27 February - 2 March 2017

Posted: Feb 10, 2017

Our ultra-low latency turbo decoder demo is progressing well, in time for MWC17 at the end of the month. We’ll be showing our turbo decoder IP running on an Altera Stratix V FPGA with a 10X improvement in throughput and a 10X improvement in latency on other commercially available solutions…perfect for 3GPP release 14 Low Latency LTE.

Barcelona, here we come!

Posted: Jan 26, 2017

With under six weeks to go, we’re getting ready for Mobile World Congress at the Fira Gran Via, Av. Joan Carles I, 64 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona…we’ll be in Hall 7, Meeting Room 036…please contact us through our website to book a meeting.

Why should you be scheduling a meeting at MWC17?

New Year’s Resolutions

Posted: Jan 04, 2017

Happy New Year from us all at AccelerComm!

Most people start the year with good intentions…many even make New Year Resolutions! According to Statistic Brain, the number one resolution is to ‘lose weight’, followed by ‘getting organised’ and then ‘spend less, save more’…sound familiar? It probably should as ~50% of people make resolutions each year, but only 8% are successful…in fact people who don’t make resolutions are ten times less likely to achieve their goals, than those who do, so there is some merit in resolutions!

Trials and tribulations of 5G!

Posted: Dec 06, 2016

Is the world ready for another mobile phone standard? It’s only just over 15 years since 3G was defined, and not 7 years since 4G announced itself. In the subsequent years, 4G has moved from LTE (rel 8-9), through LTE-Advanced (rel 10-12), to the recently released LTE-Advanced Pro (rel 13-14), which offers some of the services that are being promoted as the reason for 5G.

'Game of Thrones meets Eurovision'

Posted: Nov 21, 2016

In a year when if you'd put £5 on an accumulator bet for Leicester City to win the English Premier League, UK to vote for Brexit and then for Trump to be President Elect for USA, you would now be worth ~£22M! 2016 might not have been the year of the underdog, but at the very least, it has been the 'year of the unlikely'.

Last ‘roll of the dice’ for 3GPP New Radio?

Posted: Nov 03, 2016

The recent meeting of the 3GPP TSG RAN WG1 in Lisbon was due to conclude the Phase 1 features of the 5G New Radio, (NR).

Phase 1 includes channel coding for the data channels for eMBB (enhanced Mobile BroadBand), uRLLC (ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication) and control channels. Phase 2 was for mMTC (massive Machine Type Communication), with decisions scheduled by 1Q17, but with the announcements on NB-IoT back in June 2016, it is hard to see how this could be anything but Turbo coding for the UpLink.

A week in politics…

Posted: Oct 19, 2016

It was Harold Wilson, UK Prime Minister in the 1960s & 1970s, who is attributed with saying the great quote ‘a week is a long time in politics’…all I can say is he’d never experienced a 3GPP RAN1 TSG WG1 meeting!

Decision day looms for 3GPP New Radio

Posted: Oct 10, 2016

decision day looms for 3GPP new radioWhilst most people are adjusting to the darker nights, their summer holidays a dimming memory, about 350 of the worlds’ finest brains are gathering at the Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal next week, (10th - 14th October 2016), to decide the fate of the 5G New Radio, (NR).

Are 3GPP guaranteeing 5G New Radio will be the best it can be?

Posted: Oct 04, 2016

With 5G looming on the horizon and many operators already claiming results from network testing, I thought I’d check on the status of the 5G New Radio (NR) discussions in the 3GPP R1 Working Group.

I had been loosely following the proceedings; where the decision on whether to stick with Turbo coding, (used in 3G, 4G and the soon to be released 4.5G) is being reviewed against LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check), and Polar codes. LDPC is widely used for Wi-Fi but Polar codes are not currently used in any significant volume in any application.

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