The 5G Vision
Current understanding converges to a 5G system view covering a wide set of application requirements and scenarios crystallizing in generic buzzwords like Ultra High Capacity, Very Dense Crowds of Users, Ultra Mobility, Energy and Cost Efficiency and Very Low Latency and system key performance indicators of 10 Gbps peak rates, 1000x capacity per area at hotspot locations, support of a 100 times higher number of devices per cell, a 10x longer lifetime for battery powered devices and latencies below 1ms for Tactile Internet applications.
5G Berlin puts an explicit focus on key issues like e.g. massive wireless device connectivity, utilization of high frequency spectrum for backhaul and access, better exploitation of the spatial channel dimensions using massive MIMO antenna technologies which are of extreme relevance for machine type communication and high capacity densified networks. Furthermore, 5G Berlin provides a unique combination of an outdoor wireless test facilities and a photonics technology research lab enabling researchers to conduct full end-to-end networks tests including a whole set of new core network functionalities required for multi-connectivity of devices and network elements. An important aspect is in this context also the flexible design of 5G core networks in accord to specific application needs with full support of standard compliant Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) allowing the instant and scalable deployment of different network and service control platforms, with particular emphasis on Machine-2-Machine and Internet of Things enablement.