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ITU unveils its 5G roadmap

June 22, 2015  

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ITU has established the overall roadmap for the development of 5G mobile and defined the term it will apply to it as “IMT-2020”.

With the finalization of its work on the “Vision” for 5G systems at a meeting of ITU-R Working Party 5D in San Diego/ ITU has now defined the overall goals, process and timeline for the development of 5G mobile systems.

The meeting also agreed that the work should be conducted under the name of IMT-2020, as an extension of the ITU’s existing global standards for International Mobile Telecommunication systems (IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced), which serve as the basis for all of today’s 3G and 4G mobile systems.

It said the next step is to establish detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G, taking into account the needs of a wide portfolio of future scenarios and use cases, and then to specify the evaluation criteria for assessment of candidate radio interface technologies to join the IMT-2020 family.


“These new systems, set to become available in 2020, will usher in new paradigms in connectivity in mobile broadband wireless systems to support, for example, extremely high definition video services, real time low latency applications and the expanding realm of the Internet of Things (IoT),” it said in a release.

The ITU-R Radiocommunication Assembly, which meets in October, is expected to formally adopt the term “IMT-2020.”

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