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Published: 16 May 2018

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Stay Up-to-Date on Emerging Technologies

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We all know how quickly technologies change and it can sometimes be a challenge to keep up with the latest developments.  When it comes to emerging communications technologies, IEEE ComSoc is helping to lead the way in a number of developing areas.  Here’s a quick reference to get you started and involved in these breakthrough technologies.

IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC) 

The IEEE ComSoc ETC is responsible for identifying and nurturing new technology directions through various activities, including the formation of initiatives in emerging technology areas that are of high interest to ComSoc members.  Learn more about this committee and view the current list of members.

IEEE Emerging Technologies Initiatives in ComSoc’s Fields of Interest

All ComSoc members are encouraged to participate in ETC initiatives that intersect with their interests.  Don’t see emerging technologies in the field of communications listed in which you would like to be involved?  Learn more about how to propose a new Emerging Technology Interest Group.

Backhaul/Fronthaul Networking & Communications Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The aim of this group is to put forward IEEEs’ agenda and contribution in the research and standardization activities on future backhaul/front haul communications and networking.

Internet of Things Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The objective of this group is to facilitate a global definition of IOT architecture and governance; investigate the sensitive security and privacy issues; and explore the different technology scenarios and impacts when enabling Internet protocols over the emerging generations of IoT devices and networks in order to reach harmonization and end to end transparency.

Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The focus of this group is on nanoscale communication in the range from nanometers to micrometers. Nanoscale communication may be based on biological materials and mechanisms (molecular communication), electromagnetic waves and principles (electromagnetic communication), or quantum states and quantum physics (quantum communication).

Network Intelligence Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The goal of this group is to support and endorse researches to embed Artificial Intelligence (AI) in future networks.

Quantum Communications & Information Technology Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The aim of this group is to foster engineering in the newly upcoming quantum technology by applying ComSoc’s technical knowledge in areas like RF technology, coding theory, communications and information theory, photonic communications technology, interconnection and complexity theory, error correction, control instrumentation, modeling and simulation, communication systems architecture and hardware, and optimized algorithms and applications, which all are highly required to drive quantum technology forward and get it ready for applications.

Smart Grid Communications Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The goal is to provide technical support to the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative and secure ComSoc’s position in the development and promotion of Smart Grid related technologies, and particularly, in Smart Grid Communications.

Software Defined Networking & Network Function Virtualization Emerging Technologies Initiatives
The focus of this group is on exploring next generation networking technologies enabling software defined service delivery, network virtualization, network function virtualization, and the enablement of mobility.

IEEE New Technology Connections

An IEEE resource to access the emerging technologies activities across the IEEE. The IEEE Future Directions team has identified the technologies listed in this portal as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and the general public.  From this website, you can access IEEE Future Directions’ blogeventsarticleswebinars and more.

Application Period Open for Last IEEE WCET™ Testing Window in 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the final testing window of 2018 for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam.  Applications will be accepted through 7 September and candidates are encouraged to apply early, so that they can select the most convenient exam appointment date at their local testing center. 

The popular Combination Package that includes a seat in the September 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS a seat in the Fall 2018 WCET Exam is available until 5 September.  The 4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications course included in this package is scheduled for 11-14 September and includes a copy of the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge, 2nd Edition (WEBOK). Learn more and register for this special offer.

Don’t miss this last opportunity to earn this valuable professional credential in 2018. Apply now.

Spring 2013 & Spring 2015 IEEE WCPs: Your IEEE WCET Renewal Deadline Has Been Extended!

A message from Dr. Mohamed M. A. Moustafa, Chair, IEEE WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee.

Responding to requests from many WCP credential holders who originally earned IEEE WCET Certification in Spring 2013 and Spring 2015, the IEEE Communications Society WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee has extended the recertification deadline to 31 October 2018. To keep your credential active, you will need to renew your certification before this extended deadline.

If you choose to recertify through the path of showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), the committee is confident that your experience and professional development will meet the criteria for recertification. Should you have any difficulty completing the application form, you can send us your up-to-date resume and we can help you fill out the application.

** Spring 2013 IEEE WCPs Recertification Application

** Spring 2015 IEEE WCPs Recertification Application

An alternate option to recertify is to sit for the WCET Certification Exam during the next testing period, from 24 September - 20 October 2018. Should you choose to recertify by taking the exam, your request must be received no later than the end of the current application period which closes on 7 September 2018.

Please, note the recent development to the IEEE WCET Recertification policy which became, effective starting from January 1, 2017. You can review this update by visiting the WCET Website recertification section or reading the current IEEE WCET Candidate’s Handbook.

Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and are maintaining this valuable credential.  Learn more about recertification now.

Upcoming IEEE ComSoc Training Courses

The full list of courses being offered through year-end is now available. Topics include 5G, Optical Communications, LTE, Wi-Fi, Security, IoT, and more. Discounts available on select courses for early registration or registration for related courses as a “bundle.” View the calendar of upcoming courses now.

Industry News

5G Poised for Commercial Rollout by 2020
By September, companies will have the specifications they need to manufacture 5G-enabled base stations.” [IEEE Spectrum]

VoLTE Ecosystem Market (Voice over LTE) 2018 - 2030 Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and Forecasts
“First deployed by South Korean operators in 2012, VoLTE is continuing to gain momentum globally. As of Q2'2018, more than 140 mobile operators have commercially launched VoLTE services, and several roaming and interoperability agreements are already in place.” [PRNewswire]

Deutsche Telekom switches on the first 5G antennas in Europe (May 03, 2018)
“German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has switched on the first 5G antennas in Europe at two locations in downtown Berlin. The 5G NR antennas fully support the new communications standard, are operating in real-world conditions, and lay the foundations for a nationwide rollout. There are currently six cells launched in total — three in Leipziger Straße, and three in Winterfeldtstraße.” [TelecomsTechNews]

Study: China, South Korea Ahead of US in 5G Readiness
“The U.S. trails China and South Korea in newly released rankings of select countries' readiness for 5G networks.” [WirelessWeek]

Is shared infrastructure key to deploying 5G?
“One way to ease the capital and total cost of ownership burdens of rolling out 5G is taking a shared infrastructure approach that forestalls the long-term virtualization goals of 5G wherein a single, physical infrastructure supports multiple, partitioned virtual networks. McKinsey analysts explore the infrastructure spend dynamics in a piece titled “The road to 5G: The inevitable growth of infrastructure cost.” [RCRWireless]

Microsoft is getting closer to the wireless carrier business
“Microsoft in recent weeks announced a corporate reorganization that makes the company more focused on cloud services and edge computing, as well as a plan to invest $5 billion in the internet of things over the next four years. Those actions are putting the company further into the orbit of the wireless industry.” [FierceWireless]

Time to Think Horizontally if the Industry Wants to Boost Confidence in IoT
“According to the latest industry reports, the number of connected devices will reach more than 125 billion by 2030. This figure presents a huge opportunity for device and service providers, as they look for ways to unlock the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and capitalize on this market opening.” [PDDNet]

Fixed wireless broadband expected to grow 30% in 2018
“The global fixed wireless broadband market will grow 30% in 2018 and generate $18 billion in service revenue, forecasts market analysis firm ABI Research. By 2022, worldwide fixed wireless broadband market are expected to generate $45.2 billion, thanks to an estimated compound annual growth rate of 26%.” [RCRWireless]

Making Radio Chips for Hell
Mixer IC works at 500 degrees Celsius, so it can take the heat on the surface of Venus, inside a natural gas turbine, or in the bowels of a 6-kilometer deep oil well.” [IEEE Spectrum]

USTelecom Industry Metrics and Trends 2018
Report contains the following: “The Transition from Legacy Voice Networks to Mobile and Internet Communications; Broadband Investment, Deployment and Adoption;  Internet Traffic Growth and Drivers.” [USTelecom]

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