Leti Announces World’s First Project for 5G-system Prototype

Leti has announced a new European and South Korean project, titled 5G CHAMPION, that will deliver the world’s first fully integrated and operational 5G prototype in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Olympics. A team of eight European and 13 Korean partners will develop a new architecture that provides an efficient end-to-end system performance encompassing cutting-edge 5G radio-access, core-network and satellite technologies. It will be the first time ever that state-of-the-art terrestrial wireless communication, including future key enablers such as mmWave access, will be seamlessly combined with disruptive satellite communication. This will form a 5G network with multi-radio-access technologies (multi-RAT) that is optimized to serve user equipment in various applications.

Showcasing key enabling technologies for a proof-of-concept environment at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang;

This prototype will be showcased at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea. This will be two years ahead of the official launch of 5G in 2020. Coordinated by Leti, the project will focus on some of the main challenges for the design of the 5G networks that include:

  • Improving latency in the millisecond range
  • Allowing ubiquitous service provisioning, as well as flexibility in equipment reconfiguration through software
  • Providing high throughput in very dense user environments
  • Enabling cost-effective network management
  • Enhancing quality of service in high-speed mobility conditions, high precision/integrity location and timing estimation

These technologies are of particular interest for high-speed mobile broadband and the Internet of Things and their respective integration of heterogeneous technologies in a common framework. In addition to Leti, the partners include, NOKIA, Intel Deutschland, Thales AS, Fraunhofer HHI, University of Oulu, Tlepespazio and iMinds from Europe.

From South Korea the companies that will contribute to the development of this prototype include Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) (the Korean project coordinator), SK Telecom, KT, SMRT, Eluon, Clever Logic, Insoft, Mobigen, HFR, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Dankook University and Hanyang University.