Call to Action: Get involved in your local BroadbandUSA efforts

Over the last few years IEEE Future Networks has developed content, events, and educational offerings that sought to highlight the need for technical experts to engage with their local communities to address the slow pace of deployment of 5G and infrastructure and services. For those residing in the U.S., now is a critical time for engagement.

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IEEE International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR)

The purpose of the International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) is to stimulate an industry-wide dialogue to address the many facets and challenges of the development and deployment of 5G in a well-coordinated and comprehensive manner, while also looking beyond 5G. Future network technologies (5G, 6G, etc.) are expected to enable fundamentally new applications that will transform the way humanity lives, works, and engages with its environment. INGR, created by experts across industry, government and academia, is designed to help guide operators, regulators, manufacturers, researchers, and other interested parties involved in developing these new communication technology ecosystems  by laying out a technology roadmap with 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year horizons. 

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Massive MIMO

Beyond providing speedy cell phone service, 5G technology promises unprecedented new applications. Machine-to-machine communication and the Internet of Things continue to expand, competing with cell phone users for internet throughput. In fact, the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts an increase in mobile network traffic by 77 percent by 2026, to a global level of 226 exabytes every month.

How can wireless communications technologies evolve to meet this ever-increasing demand for connectivity? The answer may reside with a technology known as massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO).

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5G Testbed

Unlike previous generations of wireless technology, 5G promises to be about more than just smartphones. More than 30 percent of countries already had 5G availability by February 2021, according to VIAVI Solutions’ report, “The State of 5G.” And 5G’s availability is growing faster than that of its 4G LTE predecessor. Testing a 5G use case in a controlled environment, or 5G testbed, has been an important part of facilitating the massive 5G rollout.

Boasting connectivity, high bandwidth, and low latency, 5G benefits smartphone users. But researchers expect an unprecedented number of other types of devices to connect to a 5G network. This means 5G should be a network of connected machines, not just people.

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5G Satellite Spectrum

Since its inception, mobile networking has existed independently of satellite technology. But the development of 5G architecture holds promise for a new generation of satellite operators to help provide unprecedented connectivity and futuristic applications with a tech focus.

Though satellite internet faces significant challenges in bringing broadband to users on a wide scale, many companies have already begun to deploy it. The development of the 5G satellite spectrum offers a great complement to burgeoning 5G terrestrial connectivity.

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5G Hardware Components: Advancements and Future Trends

As carriers and other stakeholders continue to adopt fifth-generation (5G) technology, demand for the mobile network will increase. However, there are key infrastructure challenges necessary to overcome for optimal 5G deployment. Understanding 5G hardware components and how they work is useful knowledge to stakeholders figuring out how to solve those challenges and working on 5G deployment.

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Charting an integrated future: IoT and 5G research papers

The fifth-generation cellular network (5G) represents a major step forward for technology. In particular, it offers benefits for the network of interrelated devices reliant on wireless technology for communication and data transfer, otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

The 5G wireless network uses Internet Protocol (IP) for all communications, including voice and short message service (SMS) data. Compared to earlier networks, such as 3G and 4G, it will have higher response speeds (lower latency), greater bandwidth, and support for many more devices.

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5G antenna systems and IEEE 5G conference

Looking for an opportunity to convene with 5G antenna systems experts and other 5G industry professionals? The third annual IEEE 5G World Forum, running from September 10 to 12, 2020, is a can’t-miss event. The conference will bring together authorities from academia, research, and industry to shed light on the latest 5G advances—including advances in 5G antenna systems.

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Research areas in 5G technology

We are currently on the cusp of 5G rollout. As industry experts predict, 5G deployments will gain momentum, and the accessibility of 5G devices will grow in 2020. But as the general public waits for mass-market 5G devices, our understanding of this new technology is continuing to develop. Public and private organizations are exploring several research areas in 5G technology, helping to create more awareness of breakthroughs in this technology, its potential applications and implications, and the challenges surrounding it. 

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What you should know about the 5G Broadband Conference

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sponsors more than 1,900 conferences and events each year all over the world, curating cutting-edge content in technical fields. This fall, IEEE is sponsoring a 5G broadband conference—the 2020 IEEE Third 5G World Forum. This conference will bring together representatives from industry, academia, and research to share their insights and discuss advances in 5G as well as address challenges in 5G deployment.

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