Friday, June 20, 2014

5G Revolution To Connect 8 Billion People And 7 Trillion Objects: A Hyperconnected Society In 1000x Higher Wireless Area

The forthcoming 5G revolution promises substantial advancements such as 1000x higher wireless area capacity for 8+ billion people and 7 trillion objects, 90% energy savings per service provided, and the creation of a secure and reliable Internet.

The 5G Network Revolution 
Credit:  IMDEA Networks'Sixth Annual International Workshop

We are witnessing an exponential increase of wireless traffic demand due to the worldwide proliferation of mobile Internet applications. It is forecasted that, by 2020, the network infrastructure will be capable of embracing trillions of devices according to a plethora of application-specific requirements in a flexible and truly mobile way.

5G will allow for real agile network setup, and will support dynamic management and coordination of very dense and heterogeneous deployments. Potential roadmaps see mobile multimedia as the next killer app, quality of experience as a primary metric for the network planning and design and machine-to-machine communication as the root of paradigm shift in wireless innovation.

Credit:  IMDEA Networks Institute

One key to addressing this technological challenge is effective communication between the different parties involved in the networking field. As part of its leading role in the concerted European effort on 5G research, IMDEA Networks aims to facilitate this networking process through various collaborative actions. Among its recent success stories is the creation of a Joint Research Unit (JRU) in 5G technologies with Telefónica. Also, one of its Research Professors, Joerg Widmer, awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant, has just launched the SEARCHLIGHT project to investigate mmWave communication, one of the key 5G technologies.

The Institute’s Director, Arturo Azcorra, has been voted onto the Steering Board of the European Technology Platform responsible for the coordination of the 7 billion euro 5G PPP* initiative, aiming to deliver an ambitious research agenda and produce and influence international standards for next generation cellular networks with the year 2020 in sight. 

Furthermore, IMDEA Networks coordinates one of the current flagship European projects in the area of 5G, iJOIN, and another of its running projects, CROWD, has been selected to join the group of "early 5G precursor projects". As such, it will contribute to the early showcasing of potential end-to-end technologies to enable the advanced 5G network infrastructure that is to underpin the Future Internet.

The latest scientific networking initiative by the Madrid-based Institute has been its Sixth Annual International Workshop, this year exploring the 5G Network Revolution. On June 11th members of the Institute's Scientific Council, representatives of industry and prominent researchers met to address the huge explosion in mobile data of our hyperconnected society.

The fifth-generation cellular networks event brought together international experts, allowing participants to exchange technical ideas and experiences, improve their understanding of the challenges involved and home in on the most promising future approaches.

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