Feb 2018: CNN in-depth coverage of our pioneering 5G work
Jan 2018: permanent deployment of 5G antennas on King's roof
Dec 2017: world's first softwarized end-to-end call
Dec 2017: UK's first (pre-commercial) 5G 3.5GHz Massive MIMO test
July 2017: £16m 5GUK project kicks off --- exciting times ahead!
LATEST PRESS COVERAGE:
CNN Technology, Feb 2018: "5G is going to be a really big deal. The lightning quick "next generation" wireless technology is expected to power self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart cities and networked robots. But what else can it do? Ericsson (ERIC) has joined up with researchers from King's College London to dream up futuristic applications for 5G. They're looking at everything from music to medicine. The team is focused on using the technology to transfer physical skills across networks, creating something they call the Internet of Skills."
5G DEPLOYMENT IN CENTRAL LONDON:
Under the incredible technical lead of Dr Frank Sardis, for the first time in the UK, a 5G antenna has been installed in January 2018. It was an Ericsson 3.5GHz Massive MIMO antenna, along with an Ericsson 28GHz mm-wave antenna. These were connected to King's and Ericsson's respective access and core networks. It was an important milestone in the deployment/testing of live 5G technologies. More antennas and systems are currently being deployed; and tests agains NGMN's requirements conducted.
5G LAB ASSEMBLY & TESTING
From summer 2017 until the end of 2017, the 5G team at King's --- under the technical leadership of 5G Lead Architect Dr Frank Sardis --- worked very hard to enable a fully softwarized end-to-end call. The world's first call was placed 20 December 2017, and a fully-fletched "software" call has been achieved 13 February 2018. These are all pioneering developments as so far pure software calls were impossible in the "hardwired" telecoms infrastructure. The video on the left shows the moment of the first software call.
5G 3GPP STANDARDS CONTRIBUTIONS:
Unusual for a university, we have made substantial contributions to the 3GPP 5G standard. This was possible via our industry partner British Telecoms. Notably, King's R15 3GPP SA2 contribution of the study on Access Traffic Steering, Switching and Splitting on 5GS has been accepted as TR 23.793. The main principle is to ensure secure traffic steering between 3GPP and non-3GPP technologies, and align with Rel-15 architecture and interfaces as far as possible.
5G RESEARCH & INNOVATION:
Above innovation and implementation was preceeded by years' long research in 5G. Our Centre staff have made pioneering contributions to the 5G research and innovation landscape. For example, the concept of "Decoulpled Up and Downlinks" has been invented here and led to a large amount of highly cited transactions publications. The concept was then extended to carrier aggregation concepts, and much more.
SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING FOR 5G WORK:
The Centre has received substantial funding for the work on 5G and related areas. Notably, several £m of funding has been secured from the EPSRC and the H2020 program of the EC. The largest and most important contribution however came via the £16m 5GUK project which King's is part of, along with other universities. All these funding sources enabled above research and innovation contributions, as well as the world's first 5G deployments.