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5G now started in 3GPP

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Work on next-generation wireless access, commonly referred to as 5G, has officially started in 3GPP with the 5G workshop – attended by a record number of 500 technical leaders. The workshop was held in conjunction with the RAN plenary in Phoenix, AZ, USA, where a study item on channel modelling for frequencies up to 100 GHz was approved.

In this blog post I will share some reflections on the workshop.
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NFV Network Monitoring Framework DIAMOND

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Network performance monitoring needs to be geared up to cope with the new capabilities enabled by software defined networking (SDN). We’ve built a framework for doing this, and developed a prototype using OpenDaylight Lithium SDN controller and multiple OpenFlow switches from different vendors. Let us tell you more!

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METIS II next phase 5G radio research


European Union, July 15th 2015: The recently inaugurated European Union project METIS-II has ushered in the next phase of research on the 5th generation of mobile and wireless communications (5G). 5G is expected to significantly improve current, mainly human-type, wireless communications, and enable a wide range of machine-type communication applications, such as, eHealth, vehicular safety, industry automation and augmented reality. A truly global consortium is gathered and the project will be built upon the success of the first METIS project. The project will enable rapid progress in 5G standardisation by serving as a pre-standards research forum, where consensus on key issues to do with radio aspects of next-generation networks can be reached.
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Indoor positioning in LTE

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Regulatory requirements on emergency call positioning have historically been based on horizontal accuracy for outdoor terminals. However, most emergency calls are made from wireless phones and from indoor locations. Therefore, the American FCC (Federal Communications Commission) launched new requirements in February of this year, to address indoor accuracy requirements in particular. 3GPP, the standardization organization behind LTE, is finalizing a study on how well LTE can meet the requirements in some considered scenarios, and what possible enhancements can be made in future LTE and WCDMA releases.
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Edge computing in IoT

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Many IoT applications will need to execute in a distributed cloud, instead of in one, big data center. This will require breaking up large and complex computations into smaller tasks that can be distributed. We developed a method to efficiently do this by leveraging the expressive capabilities of actor model programming, which we presented at the International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies – ANT 2015 – in June.
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