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Published: 24 Jan 2017

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Ten Communications Technology Trends for 2017 & How to Get Involved

IEEE ComSoc Technology News recently published “Ten Communications Technology Trends for 2017.”  Here are some ideas on how you can get involved in ComSoc activities related to these featured technologies.  Activities noted here may also help you to meet your PDU (professional development units) requirement for IEEE WCET Recertification.  Please note, technologies and activities are presented in no particular order.


The IEEE 5G website has a wealth of information on this technology.  Currently, there are links to:

IEEE ComSoc Training has the following two courses on their upcoming schedule that discuss 5G:

  • From LTE to LTE-Advanced Pro to 5G, 8 February 2017
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G, 8 March 2017

Spectrum Allocation

Submit a paper for IEEE Wireless Communications, October 2017 issue focusing on “Dynamic Spectrum Management For 5G.”  Submission Deadline is 1 March 2017

IEEE ICC 2017 Tutorial focuses “On-Line Learning for Real-Time Dynamic Spectrum Access:  From Theory to Practice” to be held in Paris, France on Thursday Morning, 25 May 2017

Internet of Things

Learn more about “Wireless for the Internet of Things” in the half day course from IEEE ComSoc Training to be offered online on 14 February 2017.

Participate in the 2nd Convergent Internet of Things (C-IoT) Workshop to be held at IEEE ICC in Paris, France, 21-25 May 2017

View the on-demand webinar, “5G'S Role In The Internet Of Things,” Runtime – 60 minutes.

Join the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Architecture Standard Working Group, to contribute to the development of the standard IEEE P2413

IEEE Internet of Things website is a great resource for organization-wide IoT activities.

Driverless Everything

Read the IEEE Spectrum article, “Autonomous Driving Experts Weigh 5G Cellular Network Against Dedicated Short Range Communications” published 3 May 2016

Submit a paper for IEEE Communications Magazine’s Featured Topic, “Software Defined Vehicular Networks: Architectures, Algorithms And Applications” to be published in July 2017.

Security, Privacy and the Cloud

Submit a paper for the IEEE Communications Standards Magazine on the topic of Cloud and Edge Computer to be published in June 2017.  Manuscript Submission due 15 March 2017.

Attend the Big Data And Cloud Performance Workshop at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications to be held 1-4 May 2017 in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Learn about the latest information on cloud security at the 4th IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security and Cloud Computing (CSCloud 2017) to be held 26-28 June 2017 in New York, USA

Learn more about and participate in the IEEE Tactile Internet Emerging Technologies Subcommittee’s activities.

Distributed Ledgers

Read the January 2017 IEEE IoT Newsletter on “IoT and Blockchain Convergence: Benefits and Challenges.

Check out The Blockchain Bandwagon - The Spectrum Perspective Workshop to be held at IEEE DYSPAN 2017 in March.

Artificial Intelligence

Submit an article for publication on the Cognitive Network Security Special Interest Group website for their Special Issue On “Enabling Mobile Computing And Cognitive Networks Through Artificial Intelligence.”

Review the program for the 2017 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management to be held in March and check out the Keynote presentation by Dr. Kris Hammond, Narrative Science on “Communicating with the New Machine: Human Insight at Machine Scale.”

Smart City

Participate in the SMARTCITY: Smart Cities And Urban Computing Workshop at IEEE INFOCOM in May.

Attend the IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications and its Applications in April 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

Check out these workshops at IEEE ICC in May in Paris, France:  5th IEEE International Workshop on Smart Communication Protocols and Algorithms and Workshop on Integrating Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grid.

Propose a special session or submit a paper for IEEE SmartGridComm to take place in October in Dresden, Germany.

Participate in the M2M Communications and The Internet Of Things Workshop in March at IEEE WCNC in San Francisco, CA.

Volunteer and participate in the activities of the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Emerging Technical Subcommittee.

Learn more about Lingyang Song’s ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer talk on “Smart Grid Communications and Networking.”

Molecular Communication

Volunteer in the IEEE ComSoc Nanoscale, Molecular and Quantum Networking Emerging Technical Subcommittee.

Join the Nanoscale and Molecular Communications Standards Working Group.

Participate in the next offering of the “Nanoscale Communication Networks: How to Use IEEE 1906.1 for Improved Interoperability” to be offered by IEEE ComSoc Training in April 2016.

Review the Best Readings Topics On Nanoscale Communication Networks.

Consider attending Robert Schober’s distinguished lecturer presentation on “Molecular Communication for Future Nanonetworks”


Read the IEEE ComSoc Technology News, November 2016 issue featuring the article, “LiFi unlocking unprecedented wireless pathways for our digital future.”

Read the IEEE Communications Magazine article, “Coexistence of WIFI and LiFi toward 5G: concepts, opportunities, and challenges,” published in February 2016. 

Read The Institute’s article, “Li-Fi: 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi” published in August 2016.

Learn more about “What is LiFi?” in IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, Volume: 34, Issue: 6, March 15, 2016

Review the program for the upcoming International Conference on Wireless Communications Signal Processing and Networking on 22 - 24 March 2017 at the SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, India for presentations on visible light communications.

IEEE WCET™ Spring 2017 Applications Now Being Accepted

Join an Elite Group of Professionals Working in Wireless banner

Applications are now being accepted to sit for the IEEE WCET Certification exam in the next testing window.  Apply now through 31 March 2017.  Take the exam any time from 17 April until 13 May 2017 at a testing center near you.

Check out the 2 for 1 Deal from IEEE ComSoc Training that includes a seat in the 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS a seat in the Spring 2017 WCET Exam.  The Intensive Wireless Communications course is a great resource for those preparing for the IEEE WCET Exam.

Recent Development in the IEEE WCET Recertification and Accreditation

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

Effective immediately, individuals who now earn or renew their IEEE WCP certificates are required to recertify every three years instead of five years.  The three-year recertification term allows you to revalidate your technical knowledge and skills more frequently in this fast and ever-changing field. This, in turn, will increase the overall value of your certification and increase the confidence of your organization in your up-to-date knowledge.

The new term also will align the WCET Certification Program with other comparable industry certifications and will make it easier for the accreditation bodies to recognize each other's accreditations.

As a result of this recent change, fees for the three-year recertification period have been reduced by 40%. IEEE/IEEE ComSoc members will now be charged just $180 to recertify, while nonmembers will be charged $210.  In addition, PDU requirements for recertification for the three-year period have been reduced as well to 60 PDUs.  Please visit the IEEE WCET Recertification web page to learn more.

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

Report claims 5G to create 3M jobs, provide $500B economic boost
A CTIA-commissioned report from Accenture notes that “deployment of “5G” wireless networks could create up to 3 million jobs and add approximately $500 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product ‘through direct and indirect potential benefits.’” [RCRWireless]

CES 2017: Can a Self-Steering Antenna Fix Both Wi-Fi and TV Reception Issues?
[IEEE Spectrum]

Verizon Could Buy Comcast Valued At $173 Billion
“A source familiar with the matter has revealed that the company needed cable TV support for its 5G technology.” [Tech Times]

Top 5 Predictions for 2017
Provides a snapshot of “what's ahead in terms of progress on the IoT, cloudification and the move toward NFV/SDN, initial applications of 5G, the age of unlicensed spectrum, and the end of pure-play wireless.”  [WirelessWeek]

2017 Predictions: 5 IoT predictions that suggest significant growth opportunities
The IoT market will be challenged by a number of issues in 2017, including business models, security concerns, open source adoption and certification needs.” [RCRWireless]

Verizon Using 5G Networking In More Than Ten US Cities 
“Verizon Wireless installed fixed 5G networking technology in over ten American cities. The company also confirmed to the source website that whilst it has installed the equipment, it “may not align” with the 5G technical standards that the 3GPP has yet to release.”  [Android Headlines]

2017 Predictions: 5G progress in 2017 – cutting through the hype
“Developments around millimeter wave spectrum in support of 5G services are expected to see considerable attention in 2017.”  [RCRWireless]

5 WiFi Networking Predictions For 2017
Discusses how IoT security, cloud-managed WiFi, and other trends will reshape the WiFi market next year. [Network Computing]

The Price of Freedom: How to Charge for Spectrum as WiFi and Cellular Collide [IEEE ComSoc Technology News]

Satellite constellations could be poised to challenge the broadband industry
“Companies such as SpaceX, OneWeb and Boeing have all recently proposed networks of satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide high-speed broadband access around the globe.” []

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