High bandwidth mobile communication is an essential tool for wealth creation by EU citizens, illustrated by a demand-led compound data growth rate of 40% per year. The definition of the next generation (5G, planned for deployment in 2020) is incomplete but anticipates the need to extend the operating frequencies above 6 GHz 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).

This project is directly relevant to activities that are being carried out by the European 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 standardisation for 5G.

Key objectives:

  • Develop 5G test bed and measurement tools
  • Minimise test and measurement in cost and time
  • Reduce time to market for 5G products and services

Funding Statement:

The results in this paper come from the project EMPIR 14IND10 MET5G. This project has received funding from the EMPIR programme co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme