5-9 December, Geneva: ITU to showcase innovation for smart 5G systems

Network softwarization, 5G architecture, information-centric networking and related open-source innovation will be in focus at the final meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on network aspects of IMT-2020 (5G) in Geneva, 5-9 December. A workshop and demo day on 7 December will showcase how the diverse range of envisioned 5G use cases – from automated driving to industrial robotics and tele-surgery – will be enabled by smart 5G networks sliced into application-specific virtual networks.

Register to attend the meeting and workshop here…

ITU is supporting government, industry and academia in building a 5G environment where highly-reliable ICTs will be core to innovation in all industry sectors. High-end 5G applications will include real-time remote device control, virtual reality, automated driving, hyper-interactive gaming and tele-surgery.

The Focus Group was established in May 2015 to analyze how emerging 5G technologies will interact in future networks, a preliminary study into the networking innovations required to achieve the ambitious performance targets of smart 5G systems. The group’s December meeting will finalize its recommendations for related ITU standardization work in areas such as network softwarization and slicing, 5G architecture and fixed-mobile convergence, end-to-end network management, and information-centric networking.

ITU support for cohesive 5G innovation

In 2012, ITU established a programme on “International Mobile Telecommunications for 2020 and beyond (IMT-2020)”, providing the framework for 5G research and development worldwide. ITU has defined the framework and overall objectives of the 5G standardization process, as well as the roadmap to guide this process to its conclusion by 2020.

ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) is coordinating the international standardization and identification of spectrum for 5G mobile development. ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) will play a similar convening role for the technologies and architectures of the wireline elements of 5G systems.

ITU members have called for ITU-T to expand its standards work in support of 5G wireline innovation, agreeing a new 5G-focused Resolution at the ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly held in Hammamet, Tunisia, from 25 October to 3 November 2016. Learn more…

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