ITU Blog: Networks for 5G and IoT

Towards fixed-mobile hybrid, smart ubiquitous networks 

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) in China, Japan and Korea see two fields of study as crucial to telecom and ICT standardization as we approach year 2020. The first is to support 5G mobile-wireless systems and ubiquitous smart technologies with the necessary innovations in network infrastructure, and the second is to ensure that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies meet their potential.

These were the two primary outcomes of my consultation with Chinese, Japanese and Korean CTOs last week in Seoul. This consultation was the first in a series of regional consultations that I have initiated as a means to prepare for our annual CTO meeting, where CTOs meet with the management of ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) to discuss strategic priorities for our standardization work.

The meeting issued a communiqué focused on network innovations for 5G and cross-industry IoT deployments with an emphasis on smart cities, two subjects of growing relevance to work underway in ITU-T’s standardization expert groups.

Read the full text authored by Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

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