Feature Topic: 5G Wireless Communication Systems: Prospects and Challenges

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Natasha Simonovski

Feature Topic: 5G Wireless Communication Systems: Prospects and Challenges

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 14:18 — Natasha Simonovski

With the IMT-Advanced (IMT-A) standards ratified by the International Telecommunications Union in November 2010 and IMT-A, i.e. the fourth generation (4G), wireless communication systems being deployed in the world, the fifth generation (5G) mobile and wireless communication technologies are emerging into research fields. Based on the Internet Protocol architecture of 4G communication systems, unprecedented numbers of smart and heterogeneous wireless devices will be accessing future 5G mobile and wireless communication systems with a continuing growth of Internet traffic. Therefore, compared with 4G communication systems, significantly higher wireless transmission rates are expected in 5G communication systems, such as 10 Gbps peak data rates with 8~10 bps/Hz/cell. Moreover, energy efficiency concepts will be fully integrated into future wireless communication systems to protect the environment.

To meet the above challenges, 5G mobile and wireless communication systems will require a mix of new system concepts to boost spectral efficiency, energy efficiency and the network design, such as massive MIMO technologies, green communications, cooperative communications and heterogeneous wireless networks. We expect to explore the prospects and challenges of 5G mobile and wireless communication systems combining all of the above new designs and technologies.

This IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in technology, regulation and theory for "5G Wireless Communication Systems." It will also present a holistic view of research challenges and opportunities in the emerging area of 5G mobile and wireless communications. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Definition and evaluation of 5G mobile and wireless communications technologies;
  • Deployment requirements for 5G mobile and wireless communications;
  • Massive MIMO (also called Large-Scale Antenna Systems) technologies;
  • Wireless channel modelling and evaluation for massive MIMO technologies;
  • PHY/MAC layer technologies enhancing spectral-efficiency;
  • Coordination multi-point transmission (COMP) technologies;
  • Heterogeneous wireless network architecture design and implementation;
  • Energy-efficiency transmission switch and routing technologies;
  • Cognitive and reconfigurable wireless networks;
  • Interference coordination in 5G mobile and wireless communications;
  • Multi-media traffic load characteristics and balance in 5G mobile and wireless communications;
  • Network architecture and protocols used for 5G mobile and wireless communications.
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