Brooklyn 5G Summit to Showcase How Close 5G is to Commercial Reality

NYU WIRELESS and Nokia are jointly organizing the annual Brooklyn 5G Summit to explore how close the industry is to deploying commercial products and services for the next-generation of wireless communications. The fourth annual event will take place from 19 to 21 April, 2017, and showcase the latest developments and research in telecommunications, machine-to-machine communication and the Internet of Things (IoT). The invitation-only summit, at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering will feature international thought and research leaders from Nokia, Verizon, National Instruments, Intel, Qualcomm, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and others.

With nearly every major carrier launching 5G wireless field trials this year, this is an important moment in the next telecommunications revolution. Behind the blistering pace of research and development of technology is the expectation that ultra-fast connectivity delivering huge data rates is just around the corner.

In recent months major carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, announced trials in nearly a dozen cities for both mid-band and the millimeter-wave (mmWave) bandwidth for which Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport and NYU WIRELESS conducted seminal research. Government and industry bodies such as the FCC, 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have also recently set new benchmarks aimed at taking mobile data speeds to new limits.

A report from Nokia Bell Labs Consulting predicts that by 2020, global demand for digital content and services on mobile and portable devices will increase 30 to 45 times from the levels seen in 2014. The study estimates that there will be over 46 billion Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices by 2020, with audio and video streaming accounting for 79 percent of the total increased consumption.

NYU WIRELESS, conducted the world's first radio channel measurements proving that the mmWave spectrum holds vast potential to improve wireless communications. They were one of only two academic institutions recently chosen by the FCC to help test, debug, and provide feedback on a new web-based portal that lets researchers apply for the program experimental license, a new paradigm that will reduce barriers to experimentation for universities, research laboratories, health care institutions, and manufacturers. NYU WIRELESS was also the first to receive a program experimental license.

Driven by this year's theme, "How Close is 5G to Commercial Reality," the Brooklyn 5G Summit will focus on end-to-end system design, regulations and pre-commercial systems. In addition, the conference will address various use cases for 5G in the evolving IoT space by inviting selected start-up companies to share their work.

NYU WIRELESS will demonstrate:

  • Groundbreaking research on 5G transmission in the mmWave spectrum, promising up to 40 times today's data transmission rates
  • The latest tools for designing 5G systems, including its widely used NYUSIM open-source channel software simulator (with over 7,000 downloads to date)
  • A new real-time network emulation tool for evaluating virtual reality and other applications over realistic mmWave channels
  • A phased-array antenna system for measuring mmWave directional channel dynamics
  • A new dual architecture channel sounder with 2 GHz RF bandwidth throughout the mmWave spectrum, and a channel sounder on a chip

Many of the industry affiliate sponsors of NYU WIRELESS are testing breakthrough 5G systems and platforms. Several will demonstrate prototypes and explain their advances at the event. Click here to learn more.