RTU ETF researchers participate in feasibility study and testing of the 5G network implementation

Researchers at the Riga Technical University (RTU) Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (ETF) will collaborate with Latvian Mobile Phones (LMT) and Nokia in the feasibility and testing of the 5G network implementation. 


LMT, together with Nokia's telecommunications network infrastructure provider, is going to be one of the first to introduce the 5G network in Europe, and this year, new base stations compatible with 5G technology will be installed. On the 30th of January, the new generation of mobile Internet web-sites has been introduced throughout Latvia on the LMT network.

"With 4G infrastructure, we have the ability to develop communication technologies at a new level with higher data rates and less retention. Currently, we use communication networks for data and voice transmission, but the Internet of Things allows it to be used also for sensors - for communication between machines, for gathering information from different data sources", explains ETF dean professor Jurģis Poriņš.

The new affiliate internet channel is an internationally standardized solution that lets you interact with different things and build apps for more effective use of sensor data. LMT cooperates with RTU, providing access to the latest mobile technologies. This will enable you to try and explore the potential of innovative solutions in the future. RTU students and researchers will have the opportunity to research and operate the latest technologies, develop new products and services, and then integrate the acquired knowledge into the study process.

The 5G frequencies will be higher than the current ones, so the base stations will need to be closer to the data transmission network. However, this is also a benefit because 4G and previous generations of transmission networks experienced high-speed communication problems, then in the case of 5G, these problems will be significantly lower, says J. Poriņš. At the moment, solutions are being sought for the use of new frequency ranges in which sensors can communicate with each other, as a result of which many issues related to the introduction of sensory networks are being activated. This is precisely why a feasibility study and test environments are needed to test the future of such infrastructures.


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