The standardization of the next generation 5G radio access technology has just started in 3GPP with the ambition of making it commercially available by 2020.

There are a number of features that are unique for 5G radio access compared to the previous generations such as a wide range of carrier frequencies and deployment options, diverse use cases with very different user requirements, small-size base stations, self-backhaul, massive MIMO, and large channel bandwidths. In this article, we propose a flexible physical layer for the NR to meet the 5G requirements. A symmetric physical layer design with OFDM is proposed for all link types, including uplink, downlink, device-to-device, and backhaul. A scalable OFDM waveform is proposed to handle the wide range of carrier frequencies and deployments.

Full abstract in IEEE Xplore, DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2016.1600336CM


Ali A. Zaidi, Robert Baldemair, Hugo Tullberg, Hakan Bjorkegren, Lars Sundstrom, Jonas Medbo, Caner Kilinc, Icaro Da Silva

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Published in IEEE Communications Magazine; Volume: 54, Issue: 11, November 2016

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