Application Note

Discussing Potential 5G Waveform Candidates

Source: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

With the launch of LTE/LTE-Advanced networks worldwide and the exponential increase in mobile broadband data consumption, network operators are forced to find additional ways to increase overall system capacity. The 5th Generation of Mobile Communication, or 5G, is extensively discussed in the wireless industry and is required to support enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine type communication, and ultra-reliable and low latency communication. For this purpose, worldwide research and pre-development is being conducted, which includes the analysis of waveforms and access principles that are the basis for current LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. This application note presents potential 5G waveform candidates, discusses their advantages and disadvantages, and compares them to Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (ODFM) used in LTE/LTE-Advanced.