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IEEE 5G Initiative Launched

December 20, 2016 By Steve Senne in

IEEE recently launched a global 5G initiative that aims to draw on the skills, knowledge and talent of experts from industry, academia and government policy to accelerate development of the next-gen wireless standard and realize its socioeconomic potential. The IEEE 5G Initiative has been established based on contributions from IEEE societies worldwide. Working groups are now seeking volunteers from industry and academia, the industry association highlights in a press release. 

One working group’s project entails development of a “living” 5G Roadmap that will identify short (3 year), mid- (5 year) and long-term (10 year) trends in computing and communications technology to guide and inform the overall effort. Others will focus on development of standards, organizing events and conferences, such as IEEE 5G Summits; produce educational materials, conduct training courses and contribute to publications.


Ashutosh Dutta, Lead Manager of Technical Staff at AT&T, and Gerhard Fettweis, Senior Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute, are the co-chairs of the IEEE 5G Initiative.

“5G is not only evolutionary, providing higher bandwidth and lower latency than current-generation technology; more importantly, 5G is revolutionary, in that it is expected to enable fundamentally new applications with much more stringent requirements in latency and bandwidth,” Dutta was quoted in a press statement.

“5G should help solve the last-mile/last-kilometer problem and provide broadband access to the next billion users on earth at much lower cost because of its use of new spectrum and its improvements in spectral efficiency.”

Those interested can also join the IEEE 5G Technical Community, participants of which learn and collaborate on 5G Initiative applications across industries and markets. Those who participate gain access to 5G and industry resources including publications, videos, articles, interviews, webinars, newsletters, workshops, and conferences.

“As the entry point to decades of immeasurable opportunities for innovation, 5G will enable Massive Servicing and The Tactile Internet that will be faster than the speed of light,” said Fettweis. “The IEEE 5G Initiative is convening the vast breadth of IEEE resources in its members around the globe and new participants to realize targets like one terabyte per second WiFi and 10 Gigabit per second cellular by 2025; one millisecond latency rate; and 25 bytes every 100 seconds for 10 years from a AAA battery.”