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Industry leaders agree to develop new CPRI Specification for 5G

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

CPRI, the Industry Initiative for a Common Public Radio Interface continues to evolve: CPRI cooperation has agreed to work for a new specification supporting 5G Front-haul.

Following the successful program to enhance the CPRI Specification to support novel Radio Access Technologies and increasing capacity demands, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, NEC and Nokia are now launching the plan for a new specification, in addition to existing specifications, to encompass the developments for 5G.

The new Specification (eCPRI) with the 5G Front-haul support is expected to be released in August 2017, and will encompass increased efficiency and bandwidth in order to meet the needs foreseen for 5G Mobile Networks.

The eCPRI specification will be based on new functional partitioning of the cellular base station functions, positioning the split point inside the Physical Layer.

The target of the eCPRI Specification is to offer several advantages to the base station design:

  • The new split point enables ten-fold reduction of the required bandwidth
  • Required bandwidth can scale flexibly according to the user plane traffic
  • Use of main stream transport technologies like Ethernet will be enabled
  • The new interface is a real time traffic interface enabling use of sophisticated coordination algorithms guaranteeing best possible radio performance
  • The interface is future proof allowing new feature introductions by SW updates in the radio network

While starting the work with the new specification, the CPRI Initiative also aims to develop further releases of the current specification to keep it as a competitive option for all deployments with dedicated fiber connections in Fronthaul including 5G.

CPRI Specifications will be openly available for the benefit of the wireless industry. Key benefits for Network Operators are the availability of a wider radio base station portfolio with adaptability to all deployment scenarios and a shorter time to market. The CPRI specifications enable base station manufacturers and component vendors to focus their research and development efforts on their core competencies.

The CPRI initiative complements current activities in existing standardization bodies. The interfaces developed will be used for radio base station products in mobile systems.

Read more about CPRI at: www.cpri.info

 

About Ericsson:
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

Contact: Micael Narup
E-mail: micael.narup@ericsson.com

 

About Huawei Technologies:
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, Huawei has established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud computing. Huawei’s ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. With more than 170,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.

For more information, please visit http://www.huawei.com/
Press Contact: Lucy Pan
Phone: +86-755-28567358, Fax: +86-755-28567243
E-mail: lucypan@huawei.com

About NEC Corporation:
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit this site.

Press Contact: Seiichiro Toda
Phone: +81-3-3798-6511
E-mail: s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com

 

About Nokia:
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. http://nokia.com

Contact:
Tero Mustala
Email: tero.mustala@nokia.com

 

 

Older press releases:

04 October 2008
Industry leaders releases CPRI specification for 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)

30 September 2003
Industry leaders launch new specification for 3G radio base stations (CPRI)

18 Jun 2003
Industry leaders cooperate to bring increased efficiency to base station market

CPRI cooperation is now working on increasing efficiency and the inclusion new features which will be published in new versions of the CPRI specification in due time.


October 9, 2015
The CPRI Specification version 7.0 (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0 , 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0, 6.1 ) is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 7.0 release adds 24G line-rate to the previously released 10G LTE-Advanced. The successful cooperation to continuously develop CPRI has made this specification a well established interface on the market for all Radio Base Station products released by the individual CPRI Parties.

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July 1, 2014
The CPRI Specification version 6.1 (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0 , 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0 ) is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 6.1 release adds 8G and 12G line-rate to the previously released LTE-Advanced. The successful cooperation to continuously develop CPRI has made this specification a well established interface on the market for all Radio Base Station products released by the individual CPRI Parties.

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August 30, 2013
The CPRI Specification version 6.0 (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0 , 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5.0 ) is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 6.0 release includes LTE-Advanced. The successful cooperation to continuously develop CPRI has made this specification a well established interface on the market for all Radio Base Station products released by the individual CPRI Parties.

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September 21, 2011
The CPRI Specification version 5.0 (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0 , 4.0, 4.1, 4.2) is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 5.0 release extends the specification to encompass GSM. The successful cooperation in continuously developing of CPRI has made this specification a well established interface on the market the main track for all Radio Base Station products released by the individual CPRI Parties.

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November 1, 2010
The CPRI Specification version 4. 2 (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0 , 4.0, 4.1 ) is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 4. 2 release extends the specification to encompass higher line-rates (9.8 Gbps). The successful cooperation in continuously developing of CPRI has made this specification a well established interface on the market the main track for all Radio Base Station products released by the individual CPRI Parties.

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May 20, 2009
The CPRI Specification version 4. 1  (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0 , 4.0 )  is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 4. 1  release extends  the specification to encompass higher line-rates for LTE (Long Term Evolution). A variety of CPRI products have been made available to the market by the individual CPRI Parties.

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October 4, 2008
The CPRI Specification versions 4.0 (in addition to 1.4, 2.1, 3.0)  is now available for download on the Specification section of this homepage. The new 4.0 release extend the specification to encompass the developments for LTE (Long Term Evolution). A variety of CPRI products have been made available to the market by the individual CPRI Parties.

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March 6, 2007
CPRI specifications version 1.4, 2.1, and 3.0 are now available for download. Version 3.0 contains the addition of WiMAX, an increase in the line bit rate and the inclusion of change requests. Version 1.4 and 2.1 is unchanged.

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August 29, 2006
CPRI specifications version 1.4 and 2.1 are now available for download. Version 1.4 contains editorial and corrective changes from version 1.3. Version 2.1 contains editorial and corrective changes from version 2.0.

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October 15, 2004
CPRI specifications version 1.3 and 2.0 are now available for download. Version 1.3 contains editorial and corrective changes from version 1.2. Version 2.0 contains support for networking.

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