5G Spectrum Sharing Technology

Overview

Sharing licensed and unlicensed bands enhances 5G spectrum utilisation and reduces spectrum licence & equipment costs.  Together with ASTRI’s independent consultation services, these advantages are encouraging enterprise 5G infrastructure deployment.

  • 5G Spectrum Sharing Technology
Technical name of innovation
5G Spectrum Sharing Technology - Enterprise 5G Infrastructure and consultation services
Research completion
Ongoing
Commercialisation opportunities
IP licensing; Technology co-development
Problem addressed

Wideband 5G services require the use of a large amount of spectrum. 5G licensed cellular bands are limited and expensive. The major costs of 5G services are the spectrum licensing fee and new equipment cost. Both are high. Industry attention is focused on the public network, with little attention to and support for private and enterprise network deployment.

Innovation
  • 5G NR unlicensed spectrum (NR-U) access technologies
  • 5G NR / 4G LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technologies
  • Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN) / Multi-Operator Core Netowk (MOCN) fo enabling multiple operators to share a 5G network
Key impact
  • Equipment costs are reduced due to ASTRI’s commercial grade reference design.
  • Customers benefit from reduced service costs.
  • Allows 5G trials and private network deployment through free unlicensed bands.
  • Existing 4G and emerging 5G operators share the same band.  
  • Offers smooth and progressive transition from 4G to 5G spectrum usage for operators.  Speeds up NR deployment with existing LTE bands.
Application
  • Spectrum sharing
  • Private network deployment
  • Enterprise network deployment consultation
  • 5G network sharing
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)

The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong's competitiveness through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is grouped under five Technology Divisions: AI and Big Data Analytics; Communications; Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies; Integrated Circuits and Systems; and IoT and Sensors. It is applied across five core areas which are Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits.

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