5GNOW ‑ 5th Generation Non-Orthogonal Waveforms for Asynchronous Signaling

conducted at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute.

Financial support:

EU FP7-ICT-Call 8, Budget: 3.24 Million Euro

Latest Highlights:

  • A tutorial titled "Non-orthogonal, Asynchronous Waveforms for Future 5G Mobile Communications" was conducted at the GLOBECOM, May 6-10 2015, San Diego, USA
  • *5GNOW goes to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: Flyer and Impressions of visit of Commissioner Oettinger to 5GNOW booth are here !!
  • Priv. Doz. Dr.-Ing. habil. Gerhard Wunder represented 5GNOW in the European Commission Booth in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger.
  • *Key Note in ICC 2015 Workshop on Massive Uncoordinated Access Protocols (http://www.massap.org/). Please find the slides here:ftp://ftp.hhi.fraunhofer.de/wunderg/ICC_12-06-2015_final.pdf
  • *CTW Workshop in Dana Point (CA, USA): The ‘5G’ Session with Erik Dahlman, Merouane Debbah, Petar Popovski etc., find some impressions here: https://goo.gl/tvHB1q
  • *FANTASTIC-5G will start! See here the initiation workshop at this year’s VTC’15 conference on Monday, May 11th , in Glasgow (UK), http://workshop.fantastic5g.com/
  • *5GNOW and PROPHYLAXE have presented results/demonstrators at the GLOBECOM 2014, Austin (TX)!! See here: 

5GNOW GLOBECOM'14 Workshop on New Air Interfaces featuring the first ever GLOBECOM DEMO NIGHT, see also www.5gnow.eu

PROPHYLAXE: GLOBECOM'14 Workshop on Internet of Things and Services, see also www.ict-prophylaxe.de

Project Summary:

LTE and LTE-Advanced have been optimized to deliver high bandwidth pipes to wireless users. The transport mechanisms have been tailored to maximize single cell performance by enforcing strict synchronism and orthogonality within a single cell and within a single contiguous frequency band. Various emerging trends reveal major shortcomings of those design criteria: • The fraction of machine-type-communications (MTC) is growing fast. Transmissions of this kind are suffering from the bulky procedures necessary to ensure strict synchronism. • Collaborative schemes have been introduced to boost capacity and coverage (CoMP), and wireless networks are becoming more and more heterogeneous following the non-uniform distribution of users. Tremendous efforts must be spent to collect the gains and to manage such systems under the premise of strict synchronism and orthogonality. • The advent of the Digital Agenda and the introduction of carrier aggregation are forcing the transmission systems to deal with fragmented spectrum. 5GNOW will question the design targets of LTE and LTE-Advanced having these shortcomings in mind. The obedience of LTE and LTE-Advanced to strict synchronism and orthogonality will be challenged. 5GNOW will develop new PHY and MAC layer concepts being better suited to meet the upcoming needs with respect to service variety and heterogeneous transmission setups. A demonstrator will be built as Proof-of-Concept. 5GNOW will build upon continuously growing capabilities of silicon based processing. Wireless transmission networks following the outcomes of 5GNOW will be better suited to meet the manifoldness of services, device classes and transmission setups being present in envisioned future scenarios like smart cities. The integration of systems relying heavily on MTC, e.g. sensor networks, into the communication network will be eased. The per-user experience will be more uniform and satisfying. To ensure this 5GNOW will contribute to upcoming 5G standardization.


  • Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut Berlin Germany, HHI (Coordinator, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gerhard Wunder)
  • Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland, ALUD, Germany (Prof. Dr. Stephan ten Brink, Dr. Thorsten Wilt)
  • Commissariat al Energy Atomique et aux Energies Alternative, CEA LETI, France (Dimitri Ktenas)
  • Innovative Solutions, ISW, Poland (Dr. Slawomir Pietrzyk)
  • National Instruments, NI, Hungary (Dr. Bertalan Eged)
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (Prof. Gerhard Fettweis)