The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) of Innovate UK calls for proposals on innovative 5G testbeds and trials. Funding competition opens on the 23rd of October and closes by 13th of December. DCMS encourages any-size any-type corporates to submit proposals which aim to accelerate and de-risking the upcoming 5G deployments and to ensure the UK digital leadership.

The funding competition runs from April 2018 until March 2019. Only proposals for combined 5G testbeds and field trials will be accepted. Eligible proposals must be collaborative between different organizations and being led by a UK-based corporate. All testbeds and field trials are to be performed in the UK. Depending on the size of each project, a project can apply for grant funding between £2 million and £5 million.

Proposals should align with the latest 5G system architectures and converged specifications in recent standards. A proposed testbed is expected to be terrestrial and supports a wide set of end-to-end applications with a diverse set of quality requirements. The 5G New Radio (NR) below 6 GHz and above 24 GHz should be incorporated. The scope of the submitted proposals may span both single-layer and cross-layer optimization technologies such as:

  • PHY layer level: massive MIMO, mm-waves, non-orthogonal access, and advanced interference cancellation (IC).
  • Mac layer level: self-optimizing networks, and preemptive scheduling.
  • layer level: Quality of Experience (QoE) aware data flows, TCP enhancements, and application-aware scheduling.
  • Network level: network slicing, software-defined networks, network function virtualization and mobile edge computing.

The major 5G use cases, expected to be addressed are the enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine-type communications (mMTC). On a side, wireless control using URRLC enabled technology will become essential in a 5G network, where very low round-trip latency and error rate are not tolerated. On the opposite side, for the eMBB traffic, it is expected to offer great enhancement of the end throughput, regardless of the experienced latency. This contradicting set of specifications pose a key challenge against the 5G ecosystem. Proposals are highly encouraged to introduce insights about how these requirements can be adaptively satisfied in a single 5G deployment.

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