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Unveiling 5G Wireless Networks: Emerging Research Advances, Prospects, and Challenges

To cope with the high traffic volume demands spurred by the proliferation and penetration of 4G services, significant improvement to wireless access techniques have been made. Notable examples are Massive MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output), CoMP (Coordinated MultiPoint transmission and reception), and D2D (Device to Device) incorporated in 3G and 4G specifications. Furthermore, to boost network coverage and capacity, mobile operators have been also increasingly deploying heterogeneous networks (HetNets), consisting of micro-, pico-, and small/femto-cells. However, despite these advances in core wireless technologies, 3GPP mobile networks still remain challenged to handle the ever-increasing mobile traffic, particularly due to the usage of specific-purpose networking equipment that can neither dynamically scale with mobile traffic nor be easily upgraded with new functions.

With the emergence of cloud computing as an important information technology in support of virtualized services, it becomes promising to design 5G wireless networks by exploiting recent advances relevant to network function virtualization and benefiting from advanced virtualization techniques of cloud computing to build efficient and scalable networking infrastructures. Researchers have been designing new architectures for elastically composing and operating a virtual end-to-end network platform on demand on top of fragmented physical infrastructures provided by federated cloud. Software-defined networking (SDN) techniques have been seen as promising enablers for this vision of carrier cloud, which will likely play a crucial role in the design of 5G wireless networks.

This feature topic is soliciting scientific papers that address important research problems towards the realization of 5G wireless networks. Topics of interest pertain to 5G network architecture, SDN and network virtualization techniques enabling 5G, resource allocation algorithms in 5G, and 5G-related control protocols and optimization techniques. Research papers that describe seamless migration from the current 4G to 5G wireless networks and introduce brand-new networking system for 5G are of high interest. In general, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:



With regard to both the content and formatting style of the submissions, prospective authors should follow the IEEE Network submission guidelines available at Authors should submit their manuscripts via Manuscript Central, choosing "Unveiling 5G: Emerging Research Advances, Prospects, and Challenges" from the drop-down menu on the submission page. The corresponding author is also requested to send the title of the submission and the list of authors by email to Dr. Tarik Taleb and Prof. Min Chen at and, respectively.




Prof. Victor C. M. Leung
The University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Tarik Taleb
NEC Europe Labs, Germany

Prof. Min Chen
Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz
Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany

Prof. Li-Chun Wang
National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan

Prof. Rahim Tafazolli
University of Surrey, UK