Overview of a European Union Joint Research Project on Metrology for 5G Communications (MET5G)

Authors: Tian Hong Loh

Source: FERMAT, Volume 23, Communication 4, Sep.-Oct., 2017

Abstract: High bandwidth mobile communication is an essential tool for wealth creation. The definition of the next generation (5G) is in progress and anticipates the need to extend the operating frequencies and to support a significantly increased user density to meet its target specifications (millisecond latency, seamless connectivity, low energy consumption, and 1000 times the capacity of 4G). The Metrology for 5G Communications (MET5G)-project is directly relevant to activities that are being carried out by the 5G industry, and academia to develop the necessary infrastructure and standards for 5G. The overall objective of the project is to develop traceable metrology required by 5G communications, to improve the associated measurement uncertainties to underpin all aspects from the signals, devices, systems and test environments for the emerging 5G technologies and to provide metrological support on activities related to standardization for 5G. This project focuses on the development of the metrological capability for 5G mobile communication technology.

The specific objectives of the joint research project are to:

• Define and develop traceable methods to measure Signal to Interference plus Noise Ratio (SINR) over a wide frequency range

• Improve metrology for traceable MIMO antenna systems

• Develop traceable metrology for 5G mobile communication devices

• Engage with industries that manufacture 5G mobile communication technology

Index Terms: 5G, SINR, MIMO Antenna, MET5G

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) QUEST Programme Grant: Outcome and Impact

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