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IWPC Announces Release of a new 5G White Paper

Evolutionary & Disruptive Visions towards Ultra High Capacity Networks for Crowd and Broadband/Dense Applications

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WARMINSTER, Pa., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- IWPC 5000x Working Group concludes that future wireless networks will need to address many critical performance areas.


With many groups now beginning to consider the drivers for 5th Generation wireless networks, this timely document includes contributions from 19 IWPC member organizations from around the world and aims to advance certain understandings and concepts for adoption in wireless systems to be deployed beyond the year 2020.

At the recent IWPC workshop hosted by Vodafone in Oxford, England to explore evolutionary and disruptive system and technology concepts for 5G, Graham Carter, IWPC Technical Director noted that although we are still at the early stages of 4G deployment around the world, we need to be thinking about the services and applications the industry will need to support in 10-15 years.   

While this whitepaper does not authoritatively prescribe what "5G" standards are or what they will consist of, the paper presents technical details and tradeoffs that should be considered in defining "5G." It is expected these contributions will empower the networks beyond 2020 with critically needed spectrum, air interface advances, and architectural structure to address the rapidly developing demands and imaginative new applications envisioned for this next decade.

Future wireless networks will likely need to address several critical performance areas , including cost, traffic density, latency, reliability, multi-operator and heterogeneous networks, multicast/broadcast requirements, availability, security, the need to serve a variety of devices (machine to machine, sensors, appliance, handheld, tablet, dongle, laptop, vehicular devices and multi-tiered tethered devices), reduced battery consumption, high density usage, various traffic patterns including highly asymmetric and sporadic traffic, including highly correlated traffic bursts, coverage improvements, all with increasing cost constraints.

The paper provides a summary of factors that will influence the next generation of cellular systems which may also be termed as 5G systems and concludes that future wireless networks will likely need to address several critical performance areas.

Three elements identified as necessary to achieve the projected capacity demand beyond 2020 are increased spectral efficiency, opportunity to use new spectrum bands including those above 6 GHz and increase in spectral reuse through deploying a much increased number of smaller base stations.

The main requirements for future access technologies are driven by people and machines having gigabit experience with ultra-low latency. To meet these requirements ultra-densification of networks is required. Additional 5G requirements are driven by the contrasting need for low power wide area (LPWA) technology for low cost and low date rate machine-to-machine applications such as inexpensive sensors for agricultural and other industries as well as utility meters (gas, electricity and water, etc.)  

Future 5G networks are expected to be complimentary to and integrated with existing cellular and Wi-Fi networks below 6 GHz, and will not replace them in the foreseeable future.

About IWPC

IWPC is a global industry association with the mission to facilitate global knowledge-capital collaboration, delivering unfiltered real time insight into vital technology, market and ecosystem evolution. Our technology-neutral community provides leadership to identify new markets, products & service opportunities, illuminate potential supply chain gaps and network with first-hand knowledge experts. IWPC facilitates a number of working groups to address topics which demand focused industry collaboration to reach specific goals and conclusions. The consortium also arranges and manages specific workshops to meet the needs and interests of the global wireless industry.

IWPC would like to personally thank the 5000x working group for its efforts and contribution to this publication. 

Media Contact: Lori McCaul, IWPC, 2152939000,

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