ITU Forms New Focus Group to Study 5G Development

10 May 2015
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ITU Forms New Focus Group to Study 5G Development

ITU has established a new Focus Group, which is open to participation by any interested party, to identify the network standardization requirements for the 5G mobile technology. The Focus Group’s scope of activity will be concentrated in identifying the standardization needs of the wireline elements of 5G networks, building on an analysis of IMT-2020 studies being undertaken by other entities. The network studies will be hosted by ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T), benefiting from the strength of ITU-T standardization in wireline communications. 

According to ITU, the potential application fields of IMT-2020 systems, in addition to voice and video, span from healthcare to industrial automation, virtual reality, automated driving, and robotic systems controlled with an imperceptible time lag. One-millisecond end-to-end latency is necessary for technical systems to replicate natural human interaction with our environment, a goal that experts say should be within reach of future networks.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao
Air interfaces and radio access networks are progressing rapidly, but there is a need to devote more attention to the networking aspects of IMT-2020. Wireline communications will transform significantly in support of IMT-2020, and the coordination of ITU’s standardization and radiocommunication arms will ensure that the wireline and wireless elements of future networks develop in unison.

Director of the ITU Radiocommunications Bureau, François Rancy
Following on from the successful development of IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced, the standards for all of today's 3G and 4G mobile systems, the work to be carried out by ITU-T on the network aspects will be an important complement to the activities undertaken by ITU-R in developing the radio interface standards for IMT-2020.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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