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5G mobile systems roadmap to allow faster deployment

Posted: 03 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ITU? 5G? roadmap? radio system? IoT?

IMT-2020 to provide lightning speed, omnipresent, ultra-reliable mobile communications

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication Assembly has endorsed a resolution that describes the roadmap for the development of 5G mobile. The "IMT-2020" details the overall "vision" for 5G systems, along with the goals, process and timeline for its development.

The detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G will be developed, in close collaboration with industry and national and regional standards organisations, following the stringent timelines defined by ITU.

"The new ITU-R Resolution sets the stage for the future development of 5G mobile technologies," said ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao.

"The vision for IMT-2020 and beyond opens the doors to innovation that will determine how we communicate in the future, meeting the trend towards high data traffic in the Age of the Internet of Things (IoT)," said Francois Rancy, director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau.

Mobile communication has seen revolutionary developments and growth in recent years. New demands, including applications requiring very high data rate communications, many more devices with diverse service requirements, better quality of user experience (QoE) and better affordability, will require an increasing number of innovative solutions.

5G to enable new use cases

Low latency and high reliability communication, eliciting instantaneous response at a single click, is perceived as an enabler for the future development of new applications in healthcare, safety, business, entertainment and other sectors. Future wireless systems envisage M2M communication and the IoT with applications for enhanced mobile cloud services, emergency and disaster response, real-time traffic control optimisation and driverless cars using vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-road infrastructure communication, along with efficient industrial communications and smart grids.

The new 5G specifications will facilitate not only infotainment applications in shopping malls and at large public gatherings, where a large number of handsets and devices could be in use concurrently in a high data traffic situation, but also support professional use among the police, fire brigade and ambulance services using public communication networks.

User devices will have enhanced media consumption capabilities, such as ultra-high definition displays, mobile 3D projections, immersive video conferencing, and augmented and mixed reality displays and interfaces.

Recognising that a connected society in the years beyond 2020 will need to accommodate a similar user experience for end-users regardless of whether they are on the move or stationary, the new 5G standards aim at maintaining high quality service at high mobility, enabling the successful deployment of applications on a moving platform such as in cars or high-speed trains.

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