Millimeter Wave (mmWave) Networks

The Millimeter Wave (mmWave) Networks Project Group will define and advance 60GHz wireless networking solutions to address the constantly growing demand for bandwidth by delivering gigabits of capacity more quickly, easily and cost-effectively compared to deploying fiber.

The engineering effort will focus on equipment recommendations complemented with best practices to help service providers and municipalities streamline and maximize mmWave network deployments.

Group Structure

The mmWave Networks Project Group is currently divided into three different subgroups, aligned with Network Technology and Business Focus.

Co-chaired by Salil Sawhney

(Facebook)

Co-chaired by Andreas Gladisch

(Deutsche Telekom)

System Planning

This subgroup focuses on how to build the network

Cost Economics

Lead by: Sandro Krauss (Deutsche Telekom)

This track will create a template that operators can populate with their specific deployment characteristics and goals to determine if the chief benefit of the deployment will be revenue generation or cost savings.

Network Planning

Lead by: Monika Jaeger (Deutsche Telekom)

This track focuses on a collection of tools to be optimized for the specific requirements of 60GHz networking so service providers can accurately model their deployments for optimal coverage while minimizing the amount of equipment to be installed.

 

Smart City Connectivity

Launching in Q1 2019

Technical Analysis

This subgroup focuses on the science behind millimeter wave technology, including evaluation and testing

Technical Validation

Lead by:
Jakob Belschner (Deutsche Telekom)
Olaf Bonness (Deutsche Telekom)

This track creates methodologies and define test approaches that can be used to investigate mmWave networks for usage scenarios like WTTx and small cell backhaul.

 

Channel Modeling

Lead by:
Mark Kelley (Facebook)
Dimitris Siomos (Deutsche Telekom)

This track will focus on enhancing the channel model for millimeter wave propagation predictions and performance analysis. This will be done through a combination of controlled measurements using a channel sounder and computer simulations using ray tracing to derive a channel model that can be used for realistic link and system level simulations.

Commercial Operation

This subgroup focuses on regulatory and commercial issues related to millimeter wave network operations

Deployment Best Practices

Lead by:
Alan Norman (Facebook)
Michael Dueser (Deutsche Telekom)

This track seeks to identify and communicate policies and best practices that enable cost-efficient and sustainable mmWave deployments that serve both the community and providers and which drive widespread broadband availability and adoption.

 

Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)

Lead by:
Katja Henke (Deutsche Telekom)
Michael Timmers (Nokia)

This track focuses on technical details of CPE, including device design and functionality.

Deliverables

Terragraph Virtual Fiber for High Speed Fixed Broadband
Deutsche Telekom and its subsidiary Magyar Telekom – the largest Hungarian telecommunications firm – conducted trials in Hungary, using the technology to connect homes that had only copper/DSL for broadband formerly. This paper describes the trial deployments in detail, outcomes to date, and highlights the opportunity to use Terragraph for rapid and cost effective deployment of Gigabit speed broadband connectivity.
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TIP mmWave Radio Link Aspects
This document defines a methodology for the validation of the performance of an mmWave radio link, that is part of a mesh network.
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TIP mmWave CPE Market Adoption Requirements
This document is intended to provide guidance and information regarding different installation options and challenges for client nodes.
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Recent News

Facebook-backed Telecom Infra Project adds a new focus on millimeter wave tech for 5G

February, 2018

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the Facebook-backed open-source hardware and software group of over 450 telecom stakeholders like Broadcom, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica, SK Telecom and Juniper Networks, today announced a new project group that will focus on millimeter wave networks. The appropriately named “Millimeter Wave Networks Project Group” (mmWave) will be co-chaired by Facebook and Deutsche Telekom and will focus on bringing more bandwidth to dense, highly populated areas.

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Events & Talks

Operator Perspectives on mmWave: Solutions for Urban Network
Moderator Mark Kelley, Connectivity Ecosystems Programs, Facebook
Speakers Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP, Research and Technology Innovation, Head of T-Laboratories Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG
Yessie Yosetya, CTO and CIO, XL Axiata
Wing Lee, CEO, YTL Communications

Tech Perspectives on mmWave: Solutions for Urban Network
Moderator Caroline Gabriel, Co-Founder and Research Director, Rethink
Speakers Caroline Chan, VP, Data Center Group and GM, 5G Infrastructure, Intel Corp
Sharon Sher, CEO, Radwin
Hamid-Reza Nazeman, Country Manager, Germany & Central Europe, Qualcomm
Willem Verbiest, Head of PLM Fixed Wireless Access, Nokia

Lessons Learned: Delivering Gigabit Broadband Using mmWave Technology
Attila Balogh, IP Network Architect, Magyar Telekom
Katja Henke, Senior Innovation Project Manger, Deutsche Telekom AG

Project Group Update: mmWave Network (via TelecomTV)

The mmWave Networks project group is bringing together numerous members piloting mmWave technologies in global trials and sub-groups focused on solving deployment challenges associated with mmWave frequencies. Deutsche Telekom, co-chair of the project group, has announced that it intends to publish an an RFI for 60GHz Fixed Wireless technology to provide gigabit connectivity. Its subsidiary in Hungary, Magyar Telekom, has conducted a trial deployment using Facebook’s mmWave technology, Terragraph.