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New Study to Examine Next Generation Mobile Networks


Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) in Brooklyn received federal, state, and business funding for a study of new wireless technologies that can define the next generation of mobile devices. Funders of the project include the National Science Foundation, Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), and industry supporters InterDigital, National Instruments, and faculty start-up company Asension Laboratories.

National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing an Accelerating Innovation Research grant of $800,000, while NYSTAR and industry backers are contributing $1.2 million for the project. Shivendra Panwar, director of  NYU-Poly’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications is the principal investigator, with Theodore Rappaport, director of the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) at NYU-Poly, serving as co-investigator.

The project aims to develop a more capable and less expensive wireless infrastructure that takes advantage of smaller, lighter antennas with directional beaming to bounce signals off of buildings. This fifth generation or 5G network would use the now uncrowded millimeter-wave spectrum, where 50 to 100 times more user capacity is readily available. The research is expected to result in smaller, smarter cells with devices that cooperate rather than compete for spectrum.

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