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Future 5G Millimeter Wave Systems and Terminals: Propagation Channel, Communication Techniques, Devices and Measurements

Feature Topic


The next generation of communication systems and networks (5G) will face a complete set of significant challenges, such as ultra-high system capacity due to huge increase on the traffic demand, massive device connectivity (Internet of Things - IoT), ultra-low latency, reduction in energy consumption and high quality of experience (QoE), among other highly demanding requirements, all of them afforded with sustainability. The influence of these new generation systems and networks, expected to be available by 2020, will be of paramount importance for the global social evolution and development in the near future, bringing new exclusive network technologies and service capabilities for structural sectors such as transportation, commerce, energy, health and education. 5G is called to produce a complete revolution in the way the users can access to contents and services in their general activity across daily life. Thus, the evolution of the communication systems has directly a key role by offering major capacity and communication possibilities through the smart use of the available bandwidth and the propagation channel and the usage of higher frequencies at submillimeter and millimeter wave frequency bands.

In such efforts, industry, network operators, service providers and researchers from academia are committed in their role to promote and develop the 5G networks and communication systems, providing global standards.  The research activity around 5G is focused on device technology, design, manufacturing and measurement, along with the development or refinement of communication techniques (beamforming, MIMO, massive-MIMO, distributed-MIMO, etc.), device testing (Over-the-Air – OTA) and accurate channel characterization for its smart usage. Major challenges remain in the field of device design, measuring systems as well as in-channel modeling for 5G.

In this Feature Topic (FT), researchers from both academia and industry are invited to contribute with their innovative research and future trends for 5G communication systems. The Special issue is conceived as a dissemination vehicle regarding the technical aspects and challenges surrounding 5G systems at the physical level, in tutorial style, with Academia and Industry leading experts as target readers. In such way, the special issue is focused on a practical and didactic approach, providing current information related to technical advances for 5G in a disseminative manner, directly linked to real device and system implementation, measurements and industrial application. This special issue will expand an important discussion within IEEE Communication Society, resulting in the fundamental research of new technologies that will enable the fifth generation. Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • New 5G communication systems and architectures at mm-wave frequencies.
  • New technologies and techniques for 5G device design and development at mm-wave frequencies.
  • Radiofrequency device design solutions for 5G mm-wave communications systems.
  • Antenna design solutions for 5G mm-wave communication systems.
  • smart communication techniques (Beamforning, MIMO, distributed-MIMO, massive-MIMO, etc.) for 5G mm-wave communication systems
  • Channel modeling (indoor and outdoor) at mm-wave frequencies.
  • Measurement techniques for 5G mm-wave communication systems.
  • Antenna measurement systems (anechoic and reverberation chambers) and over-the-air (OTA) measurement systems at mm-wave frequencies.


Pablo Padilla
University of Granada, Spain

Jiro Hirokawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Lars J. Foged
Microwave Vision Group, Italy

Juha Ala-Laurinaho
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Senic Damir
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Astrid Algaba Brazález
Ericsson AB, Sweden

Ahmed Hussain
Samsung, Korea

Juan Valenzuela-Valdés
University of Granada, Spain