Ericsson and mobile operator América Móvil are to introduce the first 5G test system to Brazil during 2016. The two companies will also deploy a test system for Internet of Things (IoT), enabling Brazilian industries and the public sector to prepare for ICT transformation. The IoT test system will specifically focus on low battery consumption applications, such as low power sensors for remote areas.
Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, said: "For 5G, our focus is to understand how the systems will be used by both society and industries. To be ready with complete commercial networks in 2020, Ericsson is partnering with América Móvil for the first 5G test system in Brazil as a clear demonstration of our competitive advantage, and at the same time we are bringing research out of the labs and into live test networks.”
In addition to the previously announced 5G radio research with Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Ericsson also revealed it will be undertaking additional programme with the University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) to be conducted in 2017. These include:
Cyber-physical systems with USP and UNICAMP: networks that communicate without human input; autonomous communications systems based on sensors. These could for example provide the foundation for road systems that communicate with road authorities in case of emergency, weather systems that monitor road conditions, and self-driving cars.
MiMo (multiple-input multiple-output) with UFC: transceiver design with multiple antennas on base stations and user terminals (MiMo) systems for 5G. The aim is to increase the capacity of current wireless communications systems significantly.
D2D (intelligent radio resource allocation) with UFC: control and provision Quality of Service in 5G systems. Using algorithms and radio resource allocation techniques, the idea is to enable higher bit rates and improved user satisfaction for 5G mobile communications systems.