Mobile Radio
Events and Projects in 5G
Javier Gozálvez

The first-phase projects of the European Fifth-Generation (5G) Infrastructure Public–Private Partnership (5G-PPP) began in July 2015 with a joint meeting in Paris. The 5G-PPP is a joint initiative between the European Commission and the European ICT industry to get research 5G-PPP logo investment focused on the challenges associated with having a communication infrastructure capable of coping with all future demands by 2020. Some of the goals of the 5G-PPP are providing 1,000 times higher wireless area capacity compared with 2010, saving up to 90% of energy per service provided, reducing the average service creation time cycle from 90 h to 90 min and facilitating very dense deployments of wireless communication links to connect over 7 trillion wireless devices serving over 7 billion people. The first call for projects held at the end of 2014 has resulted in 19 projects being selected, addressing a rich cross section of the research challenges leading to a 5G infrastructure by 2020. The majority of the projects are focusing on radio and wireless technologies. These projects represent the first phase of investment in the 5G-PPP challenges, and they will be followed by a second set, building on the work from the first phase, which is due to be called for in 2016 and launched in 2017.

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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has established the overall road map for the development of 5G mobile and defined the term it will apply to it as International Mobile Telecommunication 2020 (IMT-2020). With the finalization of its work on the vision for 5G systems at a meeting of ITU Radio Communications Working Party 5D, the ITU has now defined the overall goals, process, and time line for the development of 5G mobile systems. This process is now well underway within the ITU, in close collaboration with the government and the global mobile industry. The next step is to establish detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G, taking into account the needs of a wide portfolio of future scenarios and use cases, and then to specify the evaluation criteria for assessment of candidate radio-interface technologies to join the IMT-2020 family.

Read the full article in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2015.

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