ITU Launches ‘Network 2030’ Initiative to Look Beyond 5G Advances

ITU Launches ‘Network 2030’ Initiative to Look Beyond 5G Advances Image Credit: Olivier Le Moal/

The ITU has established a new ITU Focus Group to guide the global ICT community in developing a "Network 2030" vision for future ICTs. 

This will include new concepts, new architecture, new protocols – and new solutions – that are fully backward compatible, so as to support both existing and new applications.

These ICT use cases will span new media such as hologrammes, a new generation of augmented and virtual reality applications, and high-precision communications for 'tactile' and 'haptic' applications in need of processing a very high volume of data in near real-time – extremely high throughput and low latency.   

The ITU Focus Group is co-chaired by Verizon's Mehmet Toy, Rostelecom's Alexey Borodin, China Telecom's Yuan Zhang, Yutaka Miyake from KDDI Research. The group reports to and will inform a new phase of work of the ITU standardization expert group for 'Future Networks' – Study Group 13

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General
The work of the ITU Focus Group on Technologies for 'Network 2030' will provide network system experts around the globe with a very valuable international reference point from which to guide the innovation required to support ICT use cases through 2030 and beyond.

Huawei's Richard Li, Group Chairman 
This Focus Group will look at new media, new services and new architectures. Holographic type communications will have a big part to play in industry, agriculture, education, entertainment – and in many other fields. 


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