5G Experimental Trials for Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications Using New Frame Structure

Masashi IWABUCHI  Anass BENJEBBOUR  Yoshihisa KISHIYAMA  Guangmei REN  Chen TANG  Tingjian TIAN  Liang GU  Yang CUI  Terufumi TAKADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E102-B   No.2   pp.381-390
Publication Date: 2019/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2018EBP3019
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
5G,  URLLC,  frame structure,  ACK/NACK-less retransmission,  field trial,  

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The fifth generation mobile communications (5G) systems will need to support the ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC) to enable future mission-critical applications, e.g., self-driving cars and remote control. With the aim of verifying the feasibility of URLLC related 5G requirements in real environments, field trials of URLLC using a new frame structure are conducted in Yokohama, Japan. In this paper, we present the trial results and investigate the impact of the new frame structure and retransmission method on the URLLC performance. To reduce the user-plane latency and improve the packet success probability, a wider subcarrier spacing, self-contained frame structure, and acknowledgement/negative acknowledgement-less (ACK/NACK-less) retransmission are adopted. We verify the feasibility of URLLC in actual field tests using our prototype test-bed while implementing these techniques. The results show that for the packet size of 32 bytes the URLLC related requirements defined by the 3GPP are satisfied even at low signal-to-noise ratios or at non-line-of-sight transmission.