University of Bristol teams with Keysight for 5G research

By Kevin Thomas 16 October 2015

Bristol 5G trial

Above left, Professor Andrew Nix, Wireless Communication Systems, University of Bristol and Roger Nichols, Keysight’s 5G Program Manager.

5G research in the UK is kicking into gear, as the University of Bristol has announced a new collaboration with Keysight Technologies.

The two companies are already focused on developing and testing 5G technologies, but by collaborating they’ll be able to combine Keysight’s experience with millimetre-wave and ultra-broadband design and testing with the University of Bristol’s wireless research. This combining of skillsets will help speed the development of the new capabilities needed for 5G.

The two organisations will be particularly focused on trying to understand the nuances of millimetre-wave frequencies, using Keysight’s millimetre-wave channel sounding hardware and software and the University of Bristol’s advanced antenna and ray-tracing technologies to explore these frequencies in a test environment.

Millimetre-wave frequencies are much higher than those currently used by mobile networks, but they may be required to provide the amount of bandwidth needed for 5G.

“I am delighted to formalize our collaboration with Keysight. Their world-leading millimetre-wave design, test and measurement facilities radically enhance our ability to contribute to global 5G developments,” said, Professor Andrew Nix, Wireless Communication Systems, Dean of the Engineering Faculty and Head of the Communication Systems and Networks research group, University of Bristol.

“Through our Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications we will use the Keysight tools to equip a new generation of engineers with the skills needed to develop and roll-out 5G networks.”

“The multi-gigahertz bandwidth capability of the Keysight platform will give us greater insight into the propagation mechanisms at millimetre-wave frequencies and facilitate our research in projects such as mmMagic” said Professor Mark Beach, Communication Systems and Network Research Group, manager CDT in Communications, University of Bristol.

“This equipment will work hand-in-hand with the stacked-bandwidth capability of our Anite Propsim F8 channel emulators recently procured through an U.K. EPSRC equipment award.”

This follows the recent announcement that the University of Bristol had set up its own closed 5G network.

Along with the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey the University of Bristol looks set to be at the forefront of 5G research in the UK.

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Kevin Thomas has worked in the world of Telecom reporting for over 17 years. He reviewed the first 3G phone way back in 2003, reviewed the first 4G phone in 2012 and now he's keen to welcome in the first 5G phone too. Kevin previously worked for over 15 years within the Telecom industry including: AT&T in Europe, BT in the UK and Phillips in the Netherlands. He holds a HND in Telecommunications.

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