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Bristol unveils high-fidelity radio models for ultra-reliable 5G deployment

21 March 2018

The University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab unveiled its world-leading 5G radio models to government and members of the public last weekend [Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March] at the Layered Realities 5G Showcase.

New software tools were demonstrated based on concepts and algorithms developed at the University. The tool, which is built on more than 20 years of academic research, estimates how radio signal travels from 5G basestations to mobile devices as well as smart city sensors and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

In urban environments radio waves scatter off buildings and bend around corners and over rooftops depending on the radio carrier frequency. Trees are also known to significantly weaken the radio signal, especially at higher carrier frequencies. The Communication Systems and Networks (CSN) Group, which is a founder member of the Smart Internet Lab, is a world leader in the measurement and modelling of radiowave propagation.

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Further information

The Communication Systems and Networks Research Group was formed in 1985 to address the research demands of the fixed and wireless communications sectors.  It combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. The Group is particularly well known for its pioneering work in topics such as antennas & propagation (multi-element channel sounders and ray-based propagation models), digital healthcare and connected and autonomous vehicles. Our leading research addresses topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles small-cell mmWave communications (backhaul & access), software-defined networks and the wireless/optical interface. These technologies are critical in the development of efficient and cost-effective 5G networks.

Researchers of the CSN Research Group are members of the the Smart Internet Lab. This is a new initiative aiming at building on strategic and applied research on key communications and digital technologies at Bristol, to create and permanently support, a hub for Internet Research with long lasting benefits for society and economy.

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