The point being that there is a lot of potential technology that could eventually make up the outlines of a 5G standard. However, to get there, researchers need to be able to test their prototypes. National Instruments is heavily involved in providing test systems so researchers can explore emerging wireless technology.
For example, the company is Nokia to collaborate on advanced research related to 5G, such as exploring peak data rates and cell-edge rates in excess of 10 Gbps and 100 Mbps, respectively. Nokia plans to demonstrate the viability of high-frequency millimeter wave as an option for 5G-radio-access. An experimental 5G proof-of-concept system will be implemented using LabVIEW and PXI baseband modules from National Instruments — to provide a state-of-art experimental system for rapid prototyping of the 5G-air-interface.
Separately, the PXI Express platform based on LabVIEW has been configured to perform all the signal processing, synchronization, control functionality, and I/O necessary to implement the wireless protocols required to meet 5G requirements. When configured appropriately, the modular nature of these platforms provides the flexibility needed to achieve the 10 Gbps, per user target data rate for 5G cellular access technology, and orders of magnitude higher for mmWave backhaul needs. A large-scale European project researching wireless communications, miWaves, uses a similar setup. The miWaveS project is focused on the V-band (57‒66 GHz) and the E band (71‒76 GHz, 81‒86 GHz). The project started in January 2014 and will terminate in December 2016.