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Fri, 22 May, 2015 01:29:35 AM
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Oulu on Thursday launched a research project on fifth generation wireless communication system.
 
Under the project 5G Test Network (5GTN), the Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd- VTT and the University of Oulu together with industrial partners are building a 5G test network at Oulu, the capital of northern Scandinavia.
 
And the day in June on which the first ever 5G test network opens at the University of Oulu is set to mark a historical turning point. 
 
5G is the next big step in wireless communications – it will offer multimedia and cloud services of very high quality, flexible usage of the base stations, user equipment and other network devices, along with reduced material and energy consumption.
 
With the test network, critical new technologies can be developed. It will allow testing the performance of novel technologies in a realistic environment. 
 
News agency Xinhua adds:  “Within the test network, we are researching and developing new technologies, based on which we will build a full 5G test network environment,” Atso Hekkala, project manager of VTT, was quoted as saying.
 
The new generation technology is expected to take over the wireless data transfer field, as the current 3G and 4G networks are becoming overloaded, according to Hekkala.
 
VTT said earlier that the test environment will evolve into a full-scale 5G network and will hit the market by 2020.
 
The fifth generation wireless system denotes the next leap in wireless communications. It offers a high level of multimedia and cloud-based services, as well as user equipment and other network devices, while reducing material and energy consumption.
 
Currently, the European Union, Britain, China, Japan, South Korea and some other countries have invested heavily in developing the 5G network. So far, no telecommunications company or standard-setting agency has mentioned 5G in their public specifications or official documents.
 
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