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5G's Role in the Internet of Things

Available on Demand

Thursday, 17 November 2016 • 10:30 AM EST, 7:30 AM PST, 15:30 UTC/GMT

60 Minutes

IEEE Communications Webinar Series: Three Key Challenges for 5G (Part 2 of 3)

This series of IEEE Communication Society webinars will highlight three areas of intense technical interest that require substantial development to make 5G a reality and realize its promises for the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is expected to be the main driver of demand for the higher information rates and lower latencies of 5G, and it will be a different world. The current LTE framework is built around the base station. It’s not clear yet how 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other communications modalities will divide the IoT communications pie, or how they will interact in practice. Will high-bit-rate, short-range communications in ranges above 6GHz bypass the bases-station take on the local device-to-device load. Will backers of different protocols go to war over staking claims to the expanding spectrum? How will IoT networks coordinate among devices that may rely on different communications protocols? How much data will have to be referred through the backbone for central coordination, and how much will be allocated and adjudicated out on the edge?


Amitava Ghosh

Amitava Ghosh
Head, North American Radio Systems Research 
Nokia Networks

Dr. Ghosh provides strategic and technical leadership for the Motorola/Nokia networks business, responsible for bringing HSDPA, WiMAX, and LTE technology from concept to standards, trial, and commercialization. He is now working on 3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. He is a named inventor on more than 60 issued patents and author of more than 70 technical papers. He came to Nokia via Motorola, where he had 11 years of increasing responsibility for advanced technology research. Dr. Ghosh holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2014.

Douglas McCormick

Douglas McCormick

IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor Douglas McCormick is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. Doug is a member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement (IM), Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS), and Power and Energy (PES) Societies.

He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology). He was founder, CEO, and CTO of Physician Verification Services (an internet based healthcare marketing start-up) and, earlier, corporate director of scientific communications at SmithKline Beecham and computer science editor at Hayden Book Company.

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