MediaTek, ITRI Claim Firsts in 5G Technology

From EETimes: MediaTek and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have developed a range of technologies that include what they say is the world’s first LWA (LTE / Wi-Fi Link Aggregation) prototype system in preparation for commercialization of 5G by 2020.

The partners have developed LWA technology that can improve network bandwidth in the 38/39 GHz millimeter range to overcome limitations with high-frequency transmission, according to a press statement today from MediaTek. In addition, the partners announced their Multi-User Superposition Transmission (MUST) technology for 5G base stations as part of an effort to build an ecosystem for Taiwan’s telecommunications industry.

“In 2017, we have developed the world's first dual-mode base station prototype that combines LTE with 4G and 5G, breaking through with a technology for access at high-frequencies," said Chiueh Tzi-cker, vice president of ITRI’s Information and Communications Laboratories.

The announcement is the latest milestone in several years of work by ITRI and MediaTek. At the 2016 Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, the partners demonstrated the world's first LWA system with network access speeds of up to 700 Mbps.

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