IEEE Communcations Magazine


5G Wireless Communication Systems: Prospects and Challenges

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.

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John Thompson
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK

Xiaohu Ge
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Wuhan, China

Hsiao-Chun Wu
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, USA

Ralf Irmer
Wireless Access Innovation
Vodafone Group

Hong Jiang
Bell Labs
700 Mountain Ave
Murray Hill, NJ 07974, USA

Gerhard Fettweiss
Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden

Siavash Alamouti