IEEE Releases International Network Generations Roadmap

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IEEE recently released the IEEE International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) First Edition – a valuable reference tool that helps identify and reduce technical and engineering risks associated with all aspects of developing and deploying next-generation networks through the year 2030.

5G technology is positioned to bring a sea-change in networking that will have an impact for years to come, capitalising on work being done around IEEE in areas like massive connectivity, the tactile internet, Internet of Things, connected vehicles, mobile edge computing, quality of service, network slicing, and more. In order to build the appropriate foundation for these applications, the release of the INGR concentrates on key technology trends that will impact the core 5G and 6G design drivers and challenges.

The INGR will help guide operators, regulators, manufacturers, researchers, government and other interested parties involved in developing the 5G and, later on, the 6G ecosystems. It includes chapters from nine Working Groups:

  • Applications and Services
  • Edge Automation Platform
  • Millimetre Wave and Signal Processing
  • Hardware for mmWave
  • Massive MIMO
  • Satellite
  • Standardisation Building Blocks
  • Security
  • Testbed

The INGR First Edition will be augmented by six white papers to be released in early 2020, on the topics of deployment, optics, systems optimization, energy efficiency, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and connecting the unconnected. Forecasting at three-, five-, and ten-year horizons with planned annual updates, the INGR emphasises the need for collaboration among all stakeholders in industry, academia, and standards-development organisations in undertaking this high-risk engineering challenge.