BrandArena: Bell Labs, Technische Universität Dresden team up to develop 5G networks

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Bell Labs, Technische Universität Dresden team up to develop 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. 

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.

Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems at TU Dresden, running the university´s 5G Lab Germany, said: “With Alcatel Lucent’s system insights and know-how we can address the most relevant challenges in designing and operating highly reliable and resilient mobile networks. We investigate a theoretical framework that allows us to analyze waveforms, find performance bounds and find low-complexity designs for implementation. The second project targets on new access technologies as an enhancement of the dual-connectivity transmission approach and joint coordination among multiple radio access technologies to meet various service requirements.”

Tod Sizer, head of wireless research in Bell Labs, added: “Bell Labs is an industry leader in wireless innovation and research, and is working closely with customers, key government funded projects in Europe and with leading universities like TU Dresden to collectively define what 5G should and will be. Our history with TU Dresden goes even beyond the very early definition of 5G and now we are innovating together to enable low latency applications, higher capacity solutions, as well as support for both Massive MIMO and Massive numbers of connected machine devices.”

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