Bell Labs and Technische Universität Dresden sign agreement to collaborate on advancing the development of 5G networks

Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has become a research partner of the Technische Universität Dresden’s 5G Lab Germany. 

Under the research collaboration agreement, the two organizations will develop and test technologies that will help to define the capability of 5G mobile networks in meeting the massive connectivity demands of the future, with the high-performance required by end-users.

Opened in September 2014, the 5G Lab Germany brings together 20 professors from the Technische Universität Dresden, one of the leading universities in Europe, with more than 500 scientists. The 5G Lab Germany is a recognized technology consortium and industry leader in the collaborative effort required to develop and deliver 5G networks. It comprises four separate tracks which allow members to focus on areas of interest, while providing a holistic view of 5G networks. As a new member of the 5G Lab Germany, Alcatel-Lucent will initially focus its research efforts on the Wireless & Networks track of the program.

The Alcatel-Lucent collaboration with 5G Lab Germany will initially focus on:

  • Use of multiple device-to-radio connections to enhance reliability for mission-critical communications

Studies will investigate how network capacity and reliability could be enhanced by connecting a device like a smartphone to multiple radios simultaneously. It will focus on how multiple 5G radio links or a combination of 5G and 4G LTE radio links could enhance reliability for mission- critical communications, where disruption to the network will cause a failure in operations, such as for transportation workers and emergency first responders.

  • Definition of a 5G air interface

The organizations will jointly analyze new air interface  – or radio frequency link – proposals for 5G concept/prototype networks and will be proposing them in the upcoming 5G standardization process. The newly-developed Bell Labs Universal Filtered-Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (UF-OFDM) waveform for 5G networks is a leading contender for standardization and will enable enhanced performance and new services, while dramatically increasing the number of users (both human and machine) as well as reduce the complexity of 5G networks.

Key Facts:

  • Alcatel-Lucent´s Bell Labs and TU Dresden, via its 5G Lab Germany, are collaborating to develop key technologies that will define the future of 5G networks.
  • Of the four research tracks at the 5G Lab Germany – Wireless and Networks, Tactile Internet Applications, Silicon Systems and Mobile Edge Cloud – Alcatel-Lucent will initially focus effort on the Wireless & Networks track.
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s research cooperation will focus in two areas: Definition of a new air interface, and the use of multiple device-to-radio connections.
  • As a research partner,  Bell Labs will fund the joint research and will then incorporate findings into its ongoing Network 2020 development work.


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