What's New

We live in exciting times, where the pace of innovation and change is increasing rapidly and can make or break a company’s future in months.  Mobility continues to be a driving force in our economy, as well as our everyday lives.  5G is expected to contribute greater than $100B to the economy within the next ten years; yet there is too little understanding of what it is, what it can do, and how it will be used.   The objective of the IEEE 5G Webinar Series is to expand this understanding and to be the first point of learning for all things related to 5G. These webinars will be offered around the globe to both IEEE members and non-members.

Check out the next webinar in the series: 

A Look at the Companies and Organizations Working to make 5G a Commercial Success
Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:00am EDT 

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IEEE 5G Learning Series - Shanghai Edition 
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
Venue: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Xu Jia Hui Campus
1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai, China, 200030

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 5G The New Wireless Frontier: Special Report on 5G by The Institute

The March 2017 issue of The Institute features many articles on 5G, including highlighting the IEEE 5G Initiative, upcoming standards for 5G, the many resources available at IEEE on the topic 5G, and others. 



A Vision for the Next Wave of Connectedness 

View this presentation given by Dr. Ing. Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director IEEE Standards Association and Member of IEEE's Management Council where he discusses  many aspects of the 5G revolution. 



Upcoming Events


IEEE 5G Summit Recently, IEEE Communications Society has developed a strategic framework based on the principles that embrace Industry's interests and priorities while integrating IEEE and ComSoc's objectives. In order to engage industry members with high value and innovative technologies, IEEE Communications Society plans to hold a series of high impact one day summits in emerging technology areas (e.g., SDN/NFV, 5G, IoT, Big Data, and Cybersecurity).

Learn more at the IEEE 5G Summit website.


IEEE SDN White Paper

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Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems
Technical Challenges, Business Sustainability and Policy Issues

Techno-economic drivers are creating the conditions for a radical change of paradigm in the design and operation of future telecommunications infrastructures. In fact, SDN, NFV, Cloud and Edge-Fog Computing are converging together into a single systemic transformation termed “Softwarization” that will find concrete exploitations in 5G systems. The IEEE SDN Initiative has elaborated a vision, an evolutionary path and some techno-economic scenarios of this transformation: specifically, the major technical challenges, business sustainability and policy issues have been investigated.

Download White Paper (PDF, 698 KB)


Press Releases

IEEE 5G Summit to co-locate with the 2017 International Microwave Symposium, 27 March 2017
IEEE 5G Summit in Kolkata to Look at 'Digital India' and Possibilities for Connecting the Unconnected in 5G Rollout, 6 March 2017
New IEEE 5G Activities Designed to Help Connect Unconnected and Fuel Decades Long Innovation Wave, 24 February 2017
Portugal Telecom receives Jim Bound IPv6 Award, 19 January 2017
IPv6 Lifetime Achievement Award to Latif LADID, IEEE 5G Steering Committee member, 21 December 2016
IEEE Launches 5G Initiative to Coalesce Global Industry, Policy Makers, and Academia in Neutral Forum to Move 5G Forward, 19 December 2016
Boosting 5G Innovation: IEEE Software Defined Networks and EIT Digital Launch International Open Testbed Community, 8 June 2016


Articles & Publications

Orchestration and Control Solutions in 5G: Challenges and Opportunities from a Transport Perspective
SDN Newsletter - September 2016

5G, the next generation mobile system, aims to provide unlimited access to information by people and a large variety of connected devices. We will see a massive growth in both traffic and the number of connected devices. Due to the multitude of services that will emerge, flexibility across all domains of networking and service functions will be much more important than before [JLT-2016]. New services will be developed and launched in shorter time cycles than current networks allow. This applies to end-user services which will continue to develop, but an increasing share will be for different internet of things applications, spanning from sensor networks to performance-critical industrial applications.

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The “Softwarization” of Telecommunications Systems
The Institute - July 2016

Drivers include 5G technology and open-source software.

Read more at The Institute


5G Researchers Set New World Record For Spectrum Efficiency
IEEE Spectrum - May 2016

Eight researchers and postdocs from the University of Bristol and Sweden’s Lund University have set a new world record for spectrum efficiency. In an experiment led by Mark Beach, a radio systems engineer at Bristol University, the group achieved a rate of 145.6 (bits/s)/Hz for 22 users, a 22-fold increase in spectrum efficiency over today’s existing 4G networks. The team beat their earlier record of 79.4 (bits/s)/Hz for 12 users from March, and the rate of 71 (bits/s)/Hz that Facebook achieved for 24 users in April with its 96-antenna ARIES array.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum


Neutral Hosting: A Piece of the 5G Puzzle?
IEEE ComSoc Technology News - April 2016

Neutral Hosting is an idea that has been kicking around for quite a while now. This month we take a brief look to see if its time has come. Here, by Neutral Hosting we mean the operator essentially rents the equipment running the Radio Access Network (RAN) from a neutral third party who "hosts" the software/algorithms the operator wants to run. The radio access is then hooked back into multiple operator networks to allow the operators to complete the network portion of the system. So why would anyone do this?

Read more at IEEE CTN