For the purposes of this competition, we will assume the following characteristics for 5G:
- it is largely a wireless system
- it is mainly terrestrial
- it will have capabilities significantly beyond today’s commercially available 4G networks
- it will be designed to support a wide range of applications for industry sectors, in addition to mobile broadband and consumer applications
- niche applications will be capable of achieving the economies of scale of mass market applications
The usage scenarios for 5G are expected to include one or more of:
- enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB)
- massive machine-type communications (mMTC)
- ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC)
As a general guide we are using the following terms:
- A 5G testbed is a facility on which trials can take place. Testbeds could range from having a specific focus, for example, a low latency testbed for aspects of virtual reality, to being located across an urban or rural area to support the development of a multi-faceted smart city or rural applications. The testbed can range from being quite confined within a building or factory, to covering a large geographic area. The term testbed could also include services to facilitate the conduct of trials, for example, in order to link trial organisations to test users.
- A 5G trial will generally make use of a 5G testbed. A trial is expected to be a blend of technical development and experimenting with business models. Future projects could also focus on deployment challenges.
- A 5G test network involves the core network capabilities that are required for trials.
5G radio access technologies
This is a broad interpretation that includes 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) “New Radio” (both below 6GHz and above 24GHz) and pre-standard versions of these. Proposals can address other innovative technologies for mobile access. They could also include elements of new radio access technologies and systems that will be important for 5G (such as massive MIMO, self-optimising networks, mm-waves).
Proposals could include network slicing, software defined networks, network function virtualisation and mobile edge computing. Proposals should show innovation beyond what is already being deployed in current commercial 4G networks.
Services and applications
Proposals should address services and applications for which the solution is particularly applicable to 5G. They should describe the industry sectors for their intended use. We welcome proposals that address multiple use cases in a particular industry sector or use cases with synergies in different sectors (such as in the geographic area for use).
New topologies for radio network deployment
Proposals should address types of radio network deployment that are not commonplace in current 4G networks. Examples include:
- extensive small cell deployment
- identifying viable types of deployment for 5G at mm-wave frequencies
- connectivity to cars and trains
- coverage in tunnels and underground areas
- networks with high resilience for utilities and emergency services
This could include convergence between:
- mobile and fixed networks
- mobile and satellite networks
- mobile and broadcasting
User trials may need to use pre-5G technology, because of limited availability of 5G user equipment (especially consumer terminals). If this is the case, the proposal should describe how the service or application will relate to future commercialisation potential of 5G.