NI, AT&T collaborate on mmWave channel sounders for 5G

NI (Nasdaq: NATI), a provider of platform-based systems, and AT&T (NYSE: T) are collaborating on one of the world´s fastest and most accurate tools for 5G Millimeter Wave (mmWave) channel characterization, the companies said.

mmWave frequencies look to play a big role in the future of 5G. They have already been earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G mobile networks.

Channel measurements capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. For instance, channel measurements can show how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects, such as trees, buildings, cars and even people.

Wireless channel characterization is very important for wireless researchers defining 5G technologies as it will help lay the foundation for the architecture and design of these new wireless networks. AT&T and NI believe this work will likely play a role in AT&T´s future 5G deployment, through the creation of accurate models that help map out the details of where AT&T places its network equipment to provide customers with the best possible mobile experience.

AT&T (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We offer entertainment your way on the nation´s best data network.

NI empowers engineers and scientists with a software-centric platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. This proven approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control. NI´s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.