5GPPP Workshop on 5G Physical Layer Design and Hardware Aspects Below and Above 6 GHz

  • Monday, 27 June 2016, 09:00-17:30, Room Aphrodite C
  • Organisers:

    • Frank Schaich (Alcatel-Lucent, Germany)
    • Berna Sayrac (Orange, France)
    • Gerhard Wunder (Heinrich Hertz Institute, Germany)
    • Mehrdad Shariat (Samsung R&D Institute, UK)
    • Miurel Tercero (Ericsson, Sweden)
    • Maziar Nekovee (Samsung R&D Institute, UK)
    • Michael Färber (Intel Deutschland, Deutschland)
    • Tapio Rautio (VTT, Finland)
    • Miquel Payaró (CTTC, Spain)


Motivation and Background

The air interfaces for 2G, 3G, and 4G were all designed for specific use cases (limited only to voice and data communications) with a certain number of limited KPIs in mind (throughput, capacity, dropped/blocked call rates, etc.). However, 5G requires the support of a much broader class of services and consequently a very diverse family of devices and traffic characteristics. The scope of the workshop is to contribute to the design of a new 5G air interface taking specifically the above application constraints into account. An important subject of the workshop is the feasibility of a single golden air interface below 6GHz able to support these requirements in a highly flexible manner.

Moreover, there are promising vacant frequency bands available in what is known as mmWave bands above 6GHz. Communications in mmWave bands will bring new challenges and opportunities. In particular, mmWave channel characteristics in conjunction with the required highly directional antenna beams face antenna steering and propagation hurdles compared to lower frequency bands. This requires again a flexible and novel air-interface design to address all challenges.

Finally, it is also important to highlight that the implementation of the new 5G air interface for bands below and above 6 GHz will pose stringent requirements on the hardware platforms on top of which transceivers for network elements and user devices will be implemented. For that reason, an important topic dealt with in this workshop will be also be related to new concepts and solutions for highly performant, energy efficient and flexible hardware (both analogue and digital) in 5G networks.



The workshop shall include:


  • 3-4 keynotes and invited speeches both from European industry and academia (outside 5GPPP).

The workshop has already attracted some interest from European ICT industry: Rohde & Schwarz International GmbH (prospective EuCNC 2016 sponsor) will provide a talk with perfect fit to the workshop focus:

Title: "mm-Wave Channel Sounding for 5G: Fundamentals, Measurement Techniques and Experimental Data Analysis"

  • Technical paper presentations (oral and/or poster presentation, depending on the number of submissions)
  • Panel discussion (members from industry and academia mainly outside 5GPPP to initiate controversial discussions)
  • Potentially demonstrators (e.g. in the form of software visualization of 5G RAN design concepts). There will be an interaction with the booth presence of the organizing projects.


All the programme available here!