Leti targets 2018 Winter Olympics for first 5G-system prototype

April 04, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, has announced a European and South Korean project, 5G CHAMPION, to deliver the first fully integrated and operational 5G prototype in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Olympics. The project will advance a multitude of technologies from 5G RAT to satellite and mmWave.

The 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.

“5G next-generation communication systems will be a global game changer from technological, economic, societal and environmental perspectives,” said Emilio Calvanese Strinati, Leti’s director of smart devices and telecommunications-strategy programs. “Showcasing key enabling technologies for a proof-of-concept environment at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, will allow maximum visibility for the available technology 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. These include:

  • Improving latency in the millisecond range;
  • 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;
  • Allowing ubiquitous service provisioning, as well as flexibility in equipment reconfiguration through software.