NetWorld2020 ETP European Technology Platform for Communications Networks and Services

NetWorld2020 ETP European Technology Platform for Communications Networks and Services
European Technology Platform for
Communications Networks and Services
NetWorld2020 ETP
Expert Working Group on
5G: Challenges, Research Priorities, and Recommendations
Joint White Paper
Draft version published for public consultation
August 2014
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List of Contributors
Dirk Trossen (Editor)
InterDigital Europe, UK
[email protected]
David Soldani
Huawei, Germany
[email protected]
Rahim Tafazolli
Surrey University, UK
[email protected]
Werner Mohr
NSN, Germany
[email protected]
Valerio Frascolla
Intel Mobile Communications
[email protected]
Barry Evans
Surrey University, UK
[email protected]
Andreas Georgakopoulos
University of Piraeus, Greece
[email protected]
Nicola Ciulli
Nextworks s.r.l.
[email protected]
Amela Karahasanovic
[email protected]
Philippe Boutry
Airbus Defence and Space
[email protected]
Agnès Salvatori
Airbus Defence and Space
[email protected]
Homer Papadopoulos
NCSR Demokritos, Greece
[email protected]
Christos J. Bouras
University of Patras, Greece
[email protected]
Sergio Beker
Huawei, Germany
[email protected]
Jean-Sebastien Bedo
Orange, France
[email protected]
Rui L. Aguiar
University of Aveiro, Portugal
[email protected]
Andrea Zanella
University of Padova, Italy
[email protected]
Antonio Lotito
Inst. Sup. Mario Boella, Italy
[email protected]
Artur Krukowski
Intracom, Greece
[email protected]
Carla-Fabiana Chiasserini
Politecnico de Torino, Italy
[email protected]
Daniel Saez Domingos
ITI, Spain
[email protected]
David Lund
HW Communications
[email protected]
Enrico Del Re
University of Firenze and CNIT, Italy
[email protected]
Eran Raichstein
IBM Haifa Research Lab, Israel
[email protected]
Felipe Gil
University of Vigo, Spain
[email protected]
Franco Davoli
CNIT, Italy
[email protected]
Graham Peters
Avanti Communications, Ireland
[email protected]
Hamed Al-Raweshidy
University of Brunel, U.K.
[email protected]
Josep Manges-Bafalluy
CTTC, Spain
[email protected]
Marius Corici
Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
[email protected]
Marcos Alvarez-Diaz
Gradiant, Spain
[email protected]
Michele Zorzi
University of Ferrara, Italy
[email protected]
Nicola Blefari Melazzi
University of Rome, Italy
[email protected]
Nicolas Chuberre
Thales AleniaSpace, France
[email protected]
Panagiotis Demestichas
Uni. of Piraeus, Greece
[email protected]
Paolo Dini
CTTC, Spain
[email protected]
Roberto Verdone
University of Bologne, Italy
[email protected]
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Thomas Magedanz
Fraunhofer FOKUS/TU Berlin
[email protected]
Emilio Calvanese Strinati
[email protected]
Matti Latva-aho
[email protected]
Howard Benn
[email protected]
Michael Faerber
[email protected]
Louagie Filip
[email protected]
Dimitri Ktenas
[email protected]
Oliver Blume
[email protected]
Raffaele D’Errico
[email protected]
Luís Correia
[email protected]
J Wang
Kent University
[email protected]
Maziar Nekovee
[email protected]
Mehdi Bennis
[email protected]
Thomas Haustein
Fraunhofer HHI
[email protected]
Armyn Dekorsy
Univ. of Bremen
[email protected]
Chiara Petrioli
Univ. of Rome
[email protected]
Harald Haas
Univ. Edinburg
[email protected]
Miguel Egido
[email protected]
Jochen Mezger
[email protected]
Symeon Chatzinotas
Univ. of Luxembourg
[email protected]
Ana Garcia Armada
U. Carlos III of Madrid
[email protected]
Dimitrios Karvounas
Univ. Of Piraeus
[email protected]
Francesco Delli Priscoli
Univ. of Rome “La Sapienza”
[email protected]
Guido Oddi
Univ. of Rome “La Sapienza”
[email protected]
Vincenzo Suraci
Univ. of Rome “La Sapienza”
[email protected]
Sharadha Kariyawasam
HW Communications Ltd
[email protected]
Felipe Gómez Cuba
Univ. Vigo
[email protected]
Ray Sperber
[email protected]
Víctor Sempere
[email protected]
Mikhail Popov
Acreo Swedish ICT
[email protected]
Arturo Azcorra
IMDEA Networks and U. Carlos III, Spain
[email protected]
Carlos Jesús Bernardos
IMDEA Networks, Spain
[email protected]
Antonio de la Oliva
U. Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
[email protected]
Xavier Perez-Costa
NEC Europe
[email protected]
Noel Crespi
Institut Telecom, Telecom SudParis, France
[email protected]
Holger Karl
U. Paderborn, Germany
[email protected]
Diego Lopez
Telefonica, Spain
[email protected]
Eduard Escalona
i2cat, Spain
[email protected]
Joan Antoni Garcia
i2cat, Spain
[email protected]
Artur Hecker
Huawei, Germany
[email protected]
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Mayur Channegowda
University of Bristol, UK
[email protected]
Dimitra Simeonidou
University of Bristol, UK
[email protected]
Geir Millstein
Telenor, Norway
[email protected]
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List of Acronyms
2 Generation
3 Generation
4 Generation
5 Generation
Always Best Connected
Application Programming Interface
Berkeley Software Distribution
Bring Your Own Device
Capital Expenditure
Content Delivery Network
Cloud-Radio Access Network
Device to Device
End to End
European Union
Geostationary Orbits
Information Centric Networking
Information and Communication Technologies
Internet of Things
Internet Protocol
Internet Service Provider
Information Technology
Key Performance Indicator
Layer 2 of Protocol Stack
Long Term Evolution
Machine to Machine
Media Access Control
Network Function Virtualisation
Operational Expenditure
Over The Top
Public Private Partnership
Quality of Experience
Quality of Service
Radio Access Network
Satellite Communication
Software Defined Network
Service Level Agreement
User Network Interface
Vehicle to Vehicle
Vehicle to Infrastructure
Wireless Fidelity
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Table of Contents
List of Contributors............................................................................................................................................... 2
List of Acronyms ................................................................................................................................................... 5
Table of Contents ................................................................................................................................................. 6
Executive Summary .............................................................................................................................................. 7
Rationale ...................................................................................................................................................... 8
Changing User Needs, Driven by a Changing Society ......................................................................... 8
What is 5G? ......................................................................................................................................... 9
Rationale for this Document ............................................................................................................. 10
Challenges & Key Performance Indicators ................................................................................................ 11
Research Priorities ..................................................................................................................................... 15
Converged Connectivity .................................................................................................................... 15
Wireless Subsystem .......................................................................................................................... 24
Virtualization ..................................................................................................................................... 34
Roadmap.................................................................................................................................................... 39
Recommendations ..................................................................................................................................... 43
Open Issues................................................................................................................................................ 44
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Executive Summary
The Advanced 5G Infrastructure, defined as the ubiquitous ultra-broadband network that will carry the
Future Internet, is not only an evolution of current generations, but a revolution in the ICT field that will
enable highly efficient, ultra reliable, dependable, secure, privacy preserving and delay critical services to
everyone and everything. Fully immersive experience, enriched by context information and realized as a “All
as a Service”, will be the main drivers for a massive adoption of the new technology components and market
uptake. This calls for a complete redesign of the architecture, services and service capabilities of the new
infrastructures, and a re-thinking of interfaces, access and non-access protocols and related procedures,
functions, and advanced algorithms, for authorization, authentication, establishment, maintenance and
reconfiguration of ICT services and any type of resource among cyber-physical entities, especially at the
edge. Several challenges still need to be addressed to meet and exceed the expected key performance
indicators, in terms of throughput (1000x more in aggregate and 10x more at link level), service-level latency
(1ms for tactile Internet and below 5ms for 2-8K change in view, at 30-50Mb/s), energy efficiency (90% less
consumption for the same service compared to 2010 levels), coverage (global and seamless experience),
battery lifetime (10x longer), QoS, manageability, etc. Moreover, the advanced 5G infrastructure needs to be
highly flexible in order to meet foreseen as well as unknown requirements, in alignment with current and
future stakeholders’ expectations, while optimising the total cost of ownership in various deployment
contexts in Europe and beyond. This calls for the integration of various access technologies. Most of the
research and innovation efforts need to be in place well before 2016; intensive standardization activities and
large field test trials and testing will take place globally before 2020; beyond that, commercial products will
be most probably available in the market. Europe can make this vision happen through crucial investments
in 5G technologies and related measures to focus and strengthen its knowledge in the new ICT fields.
Ultimately, we believe the EU 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) to be a viable initiative
for the EU ICT industry achieve a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by contributing to the
research and investigations of the new technologies that will characterize 5G.
This whitepaper represents the joint efforts of the NetWorld2020 expert community, initially developed
within five distinct whitepapers on requirements and challenges, wireless, satellite, converged connectivity,
and virtualization, presented here as a first consolidated view on 5G.
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The call for the next generation of (mobile) networks is founded on a changing set of societal challenges and
reflected in the establishment of the 5GPPP as a collaborate initiative between industry, academia and
public funding agencies. The following section sheds light on this changing society with an attempt to
present a (broad) vision of what the future 5G system will be, eventually leading to defining the rationale
behind this very document.
1.1 Changing User Needs, Driven by a Changing Society
Today, for the first time, especially thanks to the deployment of LTE (4G), we are witnessing the convergence
of “Cloud Computing”, “Computing Power” and “Connectivity at High Speed”, all realized over the bitpipe
model of the current Internet1. It is now time to go beyond this model and design 5G, i.e. the next
generation of ubiquitous ultra-high broadband infrastructure that will support the future Internet, and
provide delay-critical and ultra-reliable, secure and dependable services to billions of smart objects and
cyber physical systems, such as cars, robots and drones. With 5G, the Information and Communication
Technologies will generate new services at low cost not only focusing on providing a seamless and efficient
communication capability as in the past, but also trying to really improve the way we interact among
ourselves, with the final target of improving our lives. Communication services will be free for the end user
in many cases, and will monetize all those applications, machines and things, that will be offered as a service,
thus allowing the shift, and that really matters, towards a more and more real Information-oriented Society.
One of the key drivers for the development of a future 5G infrastructure will be the growing ecosystem of
things around the end user, acting as a producer and consumer (prosumer) of data, as new terminals will
retrieve and generate information through ephemeral networks of cognitive objects and cyber physical
systems in their proximity, independently from the network infrastructure availability. It is the latter
distributed intelligence in future smart phones, drones, robots, and any smart objects – with or without
network assistance – that will provide the ultra-reliable, secure and privacy preserving, dependable, and
performing connectivity services with extreme low latency, when necessary. The distributed intelligence in
pervasive local actuators will be one of the fundamental catalysts in the interest of today’s operators,
creating enablers for business model changes that could allow operators to recover a central role in the data
management. Operators could then add value to services offered by OTTs, instead of OTTs developing all the
functionality and the value outside the network2.
5G will see the integration of new mobile and wireless access systems (very broadband systems and IoT)
with legacy networks in order to use deployed investment like LTE, 3G, 2G, WiFi, satellite etc. as long as such
systems will be still in operation. All these systems should cooperate and interwork seamlessly. 5G services
will place very stringent requirements in terms of achievable coverage, data rates, latency, reliability and
energy consumption. In most of the cases, not all of these requirements need to be simultaneously met.
However, the advanced 5G infrastructures need to be flexible and adaptable to diverse use cases and
scenarios, moving away from a ‘one architecture fits all’ nature towards a ‘multiple architectures adapted to
each service’ concept.
For instance, for seamless integration of smart objects, we expect 5G networks to provide measurable and
provable security, as well as a service-level delay below 5ms when needed, with 99.999% transmission
reliability and approximately 100% availability. For reproducing three-dimensional scenarios, like big events
and professional transmissions, where an immersive “dreaming” experience is achieved through capturing
and rendering signals coming from a large number of sensors and multi-directional transmitters, we expect
any future 5G infrastructure to cope with 30-50 Mb/s, for a single video transmission, and perform most of
the light field and sound field processing in the network, as terminals are likely to receive only a portion of
See Eric Smith, “Google keynote speech”, MWC 2010, Barcelona, Spain
See Antonio Manzalini, et al., “Software-Defined Networks for Future Networks and Services: Main Technical Challenges and
Business Implications,” White Paper, January 2014.
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the full set of views/channels available. This will require the network to adapt the data stream with (close to)
“zero latency” for some applications, according to decoder characteristics. In order to support applications
like the “tactile Internet”, service-level latency should be reduced to about 1ms. The full collaborative and
immersive experience is expected at home, in cinemas, theatres, public arenas, vehicles, vessels, aircrafts
and especially using the next generation of devices without needing to wear glasses or binaural receivers3.
1.2 What is 5G?
None of the arising user needs that we outlined before can be met by any of the wireless technologies within
the scope of the current standardization and network evolution frameworks. Satellite offers the wide
broadcast coverage and high bandwidth but is challenged by latency for some applications, expense and
saturation in areas with high user density, whereas terrestrial mobile achieves the connectivity to indoor and
ground-mobile users but is economically challenged when user density is sparse or intermittent. It is thus
necessary to research and develop new architecture concepts and technologies for accessing and delivering
ultra-reliable, fast, ubiquitous, dependable and secure wireless services, as well as rethinking network
services and their capabilities, in terms of identity, mobility, trace preventing and connection management,
while taking advantage of the faster-than-Moore’s law affordability growth of storage for end user media
caching with suitable content management.
In order to funnel the manifold efforts of the wider research community into a coherent vision for a future
infrastructure, we also call for a pan-EU 5G infrastructure, catalyzing innovation across the community
towards a next generation of the connected society. In this, the member states may play an important role in
defining their relevant scenarios looking at an EU information-oriented society, where anyone will have the
possibility of communicating and contributing to the good of our networked society, in terms of:
(1) High speed ubiquitous mobile access to global Internet and high bandwidth services, including the
creation of an environment where miniaturized smart systems (with in-built “intelligence”) are able to
provide more intelligent services anytime anywhere
(2) High level of democracy as a fast medium for the population of high diversity cultural groups to access to
information related to candidates and parties standing for election at national and European level.
(3) Higher individual and societal wellbeing by allowing for mobile health and wellness services anytime
(4) Booming generation of jobs in a diverse pool of activities and business models as well as across many
sectors, created by the information highway network.
(5) Generation of high level of cooperative and collaborative works by different businesses around Europe
and intercontinental commercial entities.
(6) Creation of an environment in which risks of criminal actions and attacks are minimized, and effective
solutions to disaster and recovery areas are easily and rapidly implemented.
(7) Automation of many tasks, during our daily activities, that could be offloaded to machine, robots and
drones, following the “Smart Factories”, “Smart Energy” and “Smart City” paradigms.
(8) Increased privacy control for European citizens through pan-European data management technology,
transferring data ownership back to prosumers, while only keeping its management in the network
In other words, we see the role of 5G as that of providing a universal communication environment that
enables to address the wider societal challenges such as in transport, automotive, societal safety,
employment, health, environment, energy, manufacturing and food production. This will be achieved
See John Thomson, et al., “5G Wireless Communication Systems: Prospects and Challenges,” IEEE Communications Magazine,
February 2014.
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through flexibly aligning stakeholder incentives by virtue of being truly programmable, secure,
dependable, privacy preserving, ubiquitous, and flexible, while minimizing the costs per bit by efficiently
harnessing all available communication capabilities and reducing the system power consumption, e.g. by
harvesting accessible energy from the environment and other means.
This wider diffusion of wireless communication and its enabling networks will allow for addressing the
societal challenges at an unforeseen economy of scale, moving away from vertical silos and truly enabling
cross-value chain collaborations across the many sectors that utilize the common 5G technologies. Hence,
5G will enable the development of an ecosystem that have been so far dispersed across vertical solutions
with high barriers of entry for new market players, including ISPs and application developers, as well as
prohibitive costs and energy per bits in the existing solutions. The effect of a common information and
communication substrate will be the introduction of a much wider range of stakeholders into the 5G
ecosystem, compared to any existing single ICT-based solution, ranging from individual people and digital
asset owners over vertical sectors such as transport, energy, health, manufacturing, food production,
broadcast to public bodies like municipalities and public safety organisations. Such widening of the
stakeholder community will require an openly accessible communication environment in which solution
providers as well as network owners can strive towards addressing the specific societal challenges that are
addressed in every solution in conjunction with the policy challenges in security, privacy and energy
footprint that will lie ahead. Furthermore, with many more people expecting to have the same coverage
when travelling (on cruise liners, passenger aircraft, high-speed trains and in holiday villas), it is key to allow
for seamless extension of 5G services anywhere anytime, e.g., through satellite technology.
This vision of a deeply penetrating common information and communication substrate will require a rethinking of how we design the overall ICT system, allowing reconfiguration of value chains (and therefore the
underlying provisioning of the communication substrate) in real-time, while providing an evolutionary path
for integrating the advances in radio and network technologies. Such endeavour has to address the wellknown set of specific technological challenges, e.g., providing 1000x more bandwidth to end users while
reducing the end-to-end latency to about 1ms when needed, as already mentioned above. This re-thinking
requires an orchestrated effort of collaboration across Europe that takes the individual technological
advances and embeds them into a system that we can truly call 5G.
Rationale for this Document
Europe can make this vision happen through crucial investments in 5G technologies and related measures
as well as actions to strengthen the know-how and ensure the EU leadership in the field of ubiquitous
ultrafast broadband, ultimately re-enforcing European data protection and supporting the most plausible
scenarios and valuable use cases for all (not only urban areas) expected in 2020 and beyond.
The 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) is the manifestation of the orchestrated effort for the EU ICT
industry to achieve a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by contributing to the research and
investigations of the new technologies that will characterize the next generation of ICT infrastructures.
This document discusses the challenges for a future 5G infrastructure, leading the way to define clear
research priorities that will need to align within a roadmap of orchestrated efforts within the 5GPPP and its
surrounding research and development efforts. Although this document reflects on the input from a wide
research community, it is only a starting point to consolidate the many views of the wider stakeholder
community into a coherent understanding as to what 5G is and how it will eventually come about.
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Challenges & Key Performance Indicators
The aforementioned vision 5G reveals a plethora of challenges that we can outline:
5G strives to provide a universal ICT infrastructure that addresses wider societal challenges through a flexible
alignment of stakeholder incentives by virtue of being truly programmable, secure, dependable, privacy
preserving, and flexible, while minimizing the costs per bit by efficiently harnessing all communication
capabilities and reducing the system power consumption by harvesting any kind of accessible energy from
the environment.
First, this vision points towards a significantly increased (in comparison to earlier generations) set of
stakeholders that 5G needs to accommodate when providing communication solutions. Examples of
stakeholders are:
 Individual and communities of people.
 SMEs, corporations, not-for-profit and social organizations.
 Digital asset owners, such as public transport and utilities authorities and organisations.
 Vertical sectors like energy, health, manufacturing, robotics, environment, broadcast, content and
creative industries, transport, smart cities.
 Municipalities and public administrations.
 Public safety organisations and defence bodies.
Providing communication solutions for this large set of stakeholders with current communication solutions is
intrinsically difficult due to the large set of requirements that needs addressing at any point in time of
deployment. Following our vision, it seems clear that 5G will be able to provide broadband locationindependent access to places like planes, high-speed trains and ships. 5G networks will optimally explore
the underlying L2, and will use the existing context to provide energy efficient communications. This means
that 5G will be multi-technology – not in the sense that resorts to different physical layers, but that they
can resort to different networks as well, either from the point of view of technology or of administrative
ownership. In this, we consider the future 5G network a “not always all-IP network”, bringing the advantages
of other network architectures to the forefront where they may provide value over IP-only systems (e.g. ICN,
Zigbee, etc…). The network will also be inherently multi-tenant, in order to be able to explore the
technology diversity that will exist. Driven by Moore’s Law, the networks (or some network nodes) will need
to be seen as intelligent “computing & storage” entities, bringing different features into the network realm,
where some concepts that resided until now at the service layer are integrated, enabling the synergetic
development of network functions based on software engineering principles (thus lowering the product
development costs). The 5G network thus brings to users not only better performance, but also new
functionality. Its scope is not limited to the radio access, but encompasses the whole network, including
aspects as subscriber management, core network and transport features.
This view on 5G leads to a number of key performance challenges that 5G technologies will need to address
for meeting expected key performance indicators (KPIs):
Throughput: provide 1000x more available throughput in aggregate, as well as 10x more speed to
individual end users, in order to enable fully immersive experiences. This may require the integration
of new forms of broadcast services.
Latency: provide service-level latency down to about 1ms (when needed) for tactile Internet,
interactive and immersive experiences as well as standard Internet services.
Energy efficiency: Wireless/mobile broadband infrastructures account for more than 50% of the
energy consumption of telecommunication operator networks, while the amount of global energy
consumption of ICT approaches 4.5% with a rising trend4. It is important that future 5G networks
See Project EINS (Network of Excellence on Internet Science), “Overview of ICT energy consumption”, Deliverable 8.1, Feb. 2013,
available online at:
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meet requirements and challenges in an energy efficient manner (by achieving 90% of energy
efficiency compared to 2010 levels).
Service creation time: enable the creation of user experiences from the application over the
individual service components down to the individually participating network(s) in a matter of
seconds or less.
Battery lifetime: provide 10x better battery lifetime for low throughput solutions such as sensors.
Coverage: with many more people expecting to have the same coverage when travelling (on cruise
liners, passenger aircraft, high-speed trains and in holiday villas), it is key to provide seamless
extension of 5G services anywhere anytime. IoT coverage to wide areas involving sensors and M2M
connections are ideal services to make use of satellite wide area coverage.
In addition to the key performance challenges, we also outline system-level challenges that arise from the
changing ecosystem in which 5G is expected to operate:
Privacy by design challenge: provide accountability within the communication substrate and enable
truly private communication when needed, aligned with policy constraints in terms of data
management and ownership, ensured by the infrastructure operators that realize the overall service.
Quality of Service challenge: in order to allow for optimizing the Quality of Experience5 (QoE) for
the end user, 5G should provide differentiated services across various dimensions such as
throughput, latency, resilience and costs per bit as much as possible independent of users’ location
with respect to the antennas deployment geography. This includes increased security, availability,
resilience and delivery assurance for mission critical applications such as health-related or
emergency applications, but also ultra-low cost solutions for emerging countries with less stringent
QoE requirements.
Simplicity challenge: provide to 5G users the best network services seamlessly without complex
customer journeys (e.g. for inter RAT switching).
Density challenge: increased number of diverse devices connected in proximity, e.g., challenging the
current architecture for mobility management.
Multi-tenancy challenge: provide service solutions across different infrastructure ownerships, with
the different networks (not necessarily IP-based) co-existing and providing and providing an
integrated as well as efficient interaction between the wireless domain and the backhaul.
Diversity challenge: Beyond the aforementioned diversity of stakeholders, 5G must support the
increasing diversity of optimized wireless solutions (to different application domains, e.g., M2M) and
the increasing diversity and number of connected devices, and associated diversity of traffic types.
Harnessing challenge: exploit any communication capability, including device-to-device (D2D), for
providing the most appropriate communication means at the appropriate time.
Harvesting challenge: devise radically new approaches to provide devices with power, which not
only has to come from batteries, but also harvests existing environmental energy.
Mobility challenge: support for unlimited seamless mobility across all networks/technologies
Location and context information challenge: provide positioning and context capabilities in the submetre range in order to enable the Internet of everything, e.g., through the integration of cellular
and satellite positioning systems.
Open environment challenge: enable horizontal business models by opening the right business
interfaces within the system in order to enable flexible operator models in a multi-tenancy fashion.
Manageability: Improve manageability of networks in order to reduce the need for manual
management and reduce the human involvement.
QoE is the degree of delight or annoyance of the user of an application or service. It results from the fulfillment of his or her
expectations with respect to the utility and / or enjoyment of the application or service in the light of the user’s personality and
current state.
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Hardening challenge: deploy a communication system through a combination of bearer techniques
such as cellular and satellite that is intrinsically robust to attacks from malicious entities as well as to
natural disasters; a resilience without which the smart-grid/smart-city paradigm will never be
Resource management challenge: provide access agnostic control, policy and charging mechanisms
and protocols for dynamic establishment, configuration, reconfiguration and release of any type of
resource (Bandwidth, Computation, Memory, Storage), for any type of devices (e.g. terminal, car,
robot, drone, etc.) and services (e.g. Network, Security, Data, Knowledge, Machine, and Thing as a
Service), including in E2E fashion when necessary.
Flexibility challenge: devise truly flexible control mechanisms and protocols for relocating functions,
protocol entities and corresponding states in a truly end-to-end manner, leveraging programmable
network technologies such as SDN and NFV.
Identity challenge: provide identity management solutions for any type of device (terminal, car,
robot, drone, etc.) with access agnostic authentication mechanisms that are available on any type of
device, device to device and network to device, independent from specific technologies of
communication entities and of their current location.
Flexible pricing challenge: provide methods for flexible pricing mechanisms across and between
different parts of the future 5G value chain in order to enable pricing regimes that are common
across the industries that will utilise the future 5G infrastructure. Furthermore, new business models
could consider the underlying technology (e.g., wireless or mobile, legacy or later one) as well as
other aspects like the contribution of a privately owned small cell to the operator's infrastructure
through its open access.
Evolution challenge: provide the ability for evolution and adaptation, allowing a transparent
migration from current networks and permitting future development
From a system level perspective, our vision outlines one particular challenge that overarches all technologyfocussed research priorities; this challenge is that of flexibility. Given the wide range of stakeholder
incentives and requirements, future 5G system must provide an enormous degree of flexibility. This
challenge drives 5G away from the rather rigid pre-5G designs with limited service classes available to its
users and few assumed deployment models at the communication substrate level. Specialized network
components provided as specialized hardware boxes, based on commonly agreed standards, reflect this
rigidity in design. In order to achieve the necessary flexibility of 5G systems, we foresee a high degree of
programmability of otherwise standard network-enabled hardware components, such as reflected in the
current network function virtualization (NFV) efforts. This programmability pushes the resolution of
incentive conflicts from the early standards phase to the later deployment phase where network emulation
as well as validation of software components paves the way to significantly reducing the service deployment
time from several days to minutes or even seconds. The programmability also provides the ability to account
for the usage of resources across the network, enabling the envisioned flexible incentive alignment across
several stakeholders. Furthermore, with resources interpreted as that of computing, storage, volatile
memory and bandwidth, the envisioned programmability of the network will also facilitate solutions for the
aforementioned guarantee challenge at the system level by allowing for optimizing across all these resource
dimensions towards a single deployed solution. Combining flexibility and programmability in future 5G
systems should also allow to build complex, mission-critical services with specific requirements in terms of
service quality, where a dedicated physical infrastructure would be normally required. Harnessing the true
benefits of programmability is only achieved by openness of key APIs to network services across different
domains. Furthermore, the future 5G system needs to perform in an energy-efficient manner, by meeting at
the same time all the necessary 5G KPIs in line with the 5G vision. This trend will result in the design of
energy-efficient hardware that ultimately reduces the energy consumed per bit.
Beyond these identified technology challenges, we also identify research priorities needed in economic and
policy research that investigate the impact of this new flexibility on business and standards processes as well
as on policy-making processes. We believe that this research will be transformative to today’s processes. For
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instance, we need to investigate the role of standards as a way to agree on technological and business
interfaces within the system in the light of upcoming virtualization solutions. We will also need to investigate
the impact of new spectrum management approaches on spectrum policy, possibly integrating the
technological solution (e.g., the exchanged information for spectrum sensing) into the policy approach itself.
Last but not least, the flexible alignment of incentives, as envisioned by our 5G vision, will truly enable fluid
information-driven markets through our 5G platform. We will need to study the potentially transformative
changes within the many industries that 5G intends to provide solutions for in the light of this new economic
market fluidity. For instance, we can already see today that the ‘app economy’ of smartphone-based
applications has had an impact on areas such as public transport as well as health. Quantifying this impact,
identifying new business models as well as fostering emerging stakeholders in these future markets are the
priorities of this economic research in the 5G context.
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Research Priorities
While Section 1 described the overall 5G vision and the expected ecosystem, Section addressed the
requirements in terms of KPIs as well as main challenges to be addressed. From this, we derive the main 5G
Technology Areas, depicted in Figure 1 below, that Section 3 will now address in terms of research priorities,
including, but not limited to, research into new radio waveforms, new joint access/backhaul designs,
integration of satellite into the wireless subsystem, new routing solutions for backhaul and core networks,
new caching solutions for reducing service-level latency, new low throughput solutions for sensor
deployments and many more.
Figure 1: Keys Areas of 5G Investigation
Converged Connectivity
The space diversity strategy (with heterogeneous networks) is now an expected evolution for increasing
wireless capability, often associated with ideas of centralized solutions (C-RAN) for handling the increase
complexity and interference issues (see Fig. 2).
Figure 2: Changes to the wireless cell concept
This brings significant challenges on how mobility, and connectivity in general, is addressed. Heterogeneity is
currently achieved through: i) multi-tier architectures (a mix of macrocells and smaller cells), and (ii) the
coexistence of different wireless technologies, e.g., 2G/3G/4G, WiFi. As a further aspect of this
heterogeneity, a User Equipment is expected to be able to communicate in a device-to-device (D2D) fashion
(or in an edge-path approach). Such D2D links could be established on license-exempt bands but under the
control of the cellular infrastructure (or not). As a result, users will soon have several and different
connectivity opportunities to exploit. The heterogeneity dimensions will be further enhanced by the
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expected increase in the simultaneous usage of different control platforms, with users dynamically
switching/simultaneously accessing different connectivity control platforms.
Many traditional research areas remain as priorities and need to continue in the future. Nevertheless, we
specifically highlight a few important and strategic aspects to consider.
Novel Views on Network Architecture
To meet these technical requirements, the 5G network needs to adopt a name-oriented architectural
framework in which communication takes place among entities identified by names, without a static binding
to their current location. Names must be used to identify all entities involved in communication: content,
users, devices, logical as well as physical points involved in the communication, and services. With the ability
to communicate between names, the communication path can be dynamically bound to any of a number of
end-points, and the end-points (both source and destination) themselves could change as needed. Note that
this is a challenge that must be extended across multiple types of technologies from IP to other Future
Internet approaches, from systems web-oriented to systems relying on L2 switching.
The separation of identifiers (names) and locators (addresses) provides well known advantages. Current
technology already allows for the deployment of a cleaner architecture that decouples the internetworking
layer from the service layers, but research is needed on how to perform migration from current
architectures to more efficient technical solutions.
Such solutions would allow named entities to be mobile; should enable them to be reached by any number
of communication primitives; should allow the pushing of information to a specific set of receivers based on
name; should allow choice of the return path independent from the forward path; should support
source/initiator mobility and choosing the path at the time the data is sent rather than at the time when a
subscription was made (without needing to maintain state in the network for the reverse path); should allow
communication to span (simultaneously) networks with different technologies (e.g., exploiting multipath
protocols) and allow for disconnected operation. Furthermore, the communication path must be able to be
dynamically bound to any number of endpoints, and the endpoints themselves can change as needed. In this
sense, the whole network will rely on views very akin to opportunistic routing: instead of choosing known
routes, mechanisms that decide the next hop dynamically upon link emergence will be common.
Highly Flexible Connectivity
The current heterogeneity of networks and technologies implies that new protocols and layers should be
devised or adapted from existing standards in order to ensure a transparent and seamless end-to-end
connectivity between services (sensors, user terminals, cloud services...), including defining the
communication model to use (unicast, broadcast, multicast, D2D) .
Network functionalities for dynamically handling network connectivity in a flexible manner as operational
conditions vary (e.g., propagation conditions, user positions) need to be developed. Of particular importance
will be device and link discovering and pairing. For on-need connectivity, the current pairing times need to
be substantially reduced and devices need to have fast mechanisms for device discovery.
Novel connectivity algorithms to determine the best connection opportunities (including multiple access
aggregation schemes) for users based on the requested service will need to be developed, along with the
mechanisms to realize and to dynamically adapt the connectivity in an efficient manner and without
affecting the end-to-end communication, especially considering that some of the interfaces involved may
not be running IP-protocols. The intelligence required on such algorithms (and the information required for
their proper operation) will increase substantially compared with current day standards.
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Smart Orchestration and Use of Network Analytics
The expected complexity of 5G networks demands some “intelligence” in the network. A logically centralized
process can analyse the network context so as to, for example, route the data according to the current
status or even depending on expected/predicted future events. Additionally, this process can also have selfawareness and learning capabilities for learning from the consequences of its past actions. Cognitive
Networking in 5G should be an inherent characteristic of future networks. The process will provide
automatic adaptation policies to the different network areas.
However, current “network monitoring” techniques are limited, as they focus on just portions of
information, without taking a look at the whole “network picture”, across domain boundaries even into
capillary networks. These limitations can be overcome using network analytics tools as an additional source
of “network monitoring” information, by exploiting advanced big data analysis techniques. Rather than just
providing status updates the monitoring analytics will customize measurements according to the need e.g. if
device X utilization is beyond 80% for more than T time in a particular user network then apply load
balancing policy based on user profile.
Since the instantiated and released functions are believed to become very general in the future, the
orchestration should be dynamic enough to be able to a) keep track of all available and used resources, b)
determine the best available resource containers for any required function within delays adapted to the
function semantics, c) implement different scheduling strategies to best adapt to the different context and
different natures of resources (storage is different than computing, etc), d) deallocate unused functions and
release resources at the end of the execution/lifecycle, e) dynamically uphold the required SLA by elastically
adapting the allocated functions through additions, re-allocations, etc. Additionally, intelligent orchestration
can have objectives like increasing the infrastructure utilization ratio or the number of simultaneously
fulfilled user reality instantiations, etc. The orchestration mechanisms per se can be centralized or
distributed, depending on the precise requirements on the orchestration. Centralized mechanisms will be
able to achieve higher accuracy at the expense of higher requirements on the orchestration platforms or
lower overall performs (in terms of request throughput or delay); distributed approaches will suffer from
temporarily incoherent views, therefore requiring operations on partial, local views.
Local Wireless and Wired Wireless
Energy considerations and resource optimization will be two important features that 5G networks must
comply with – and the diversity of transmission modes, to be expected, require intelligent perception of the
localised communication domain. Integrated localisation schemes will be key enablers to communication
management and for many new services in 5G. Localisation (and specially neighbouring) can be used to for
example relocate video service provision server in the backhaul; or to select the best interface for
communication, resorting to cellular or D2D as adequate; or to perform multi-domain network breakout
operations. This will become increasingly important with the increasing number (and diversity) of cells.
(There is a need for D2D proximity capability where terminals can communicate directly and without support
of a backhaul network. This can be in terms of specific need, range extension or temporarily in a time of
outage or adverse conditions. )
However, for such approaches to be efficient, highly improved interactions between the wireless segment
and the backhaul network are required, both in terms of performance, complexity (e.g. selecting which
traffic to steer, and when) and administrative flexibility (crossing operators). Harmonization of processes is
essential here (harmonization of authentication and authorization, harmonization of QoS, harmonization of
network views: local data path, short data path, core data path).
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The Software Network: Interface Abstractions and Layering
In a multi-technology, multi-connected, multi-tenancy network such as is being envisaged for 5G, flexibility,
programmability, dynamic reconfiguration and dynamic resource allocation (spectrum, bandwidth,
networking technologies, …) should play a central role. A major goal should be to improve – with respect to
the existing situation - control capability on the part of infrastructure and service providers, context- (and, in
some cases, content-) awareness in carrying out the actions required by a service, users’ Quality of
Experience (QoE) and, last but not least, time-to-market service offerings and their deployment. The last
point requires easier and uniform interaction (through more powerful and content-rich APIs) of developers
with the network and with providers of networking services.
Achieving flexibility and programmability can be fostered by different architectural choices: i) a more
aggressive use of virtualization to implement network functionalities; ii) improved control capability, by
decoupling the control and data plane and acting on flows at different granularity levels; and iii) usage of
software engineering paradigms for simplifying the development of features as network function placement,
load balancing, high availability and exception cases handling.
Thus, the diversity of networking scenarios inside 5G networks are such that serious attention should be
paid to architecture design interfaces. For full exploitation of flexibility, it is essential that different parts of
the communication path can be redesigned and repositioned. It is clear that relying on the often
misunderstood “All-IP” concept is not enough to address the complex challenges for deployment of scalable
and reliable networks. Interface abstractions, from the user (e.g. metadata to signal application
requirements, or some other improved UNI that is able to supersede the basic BSD Socket Interface),
network control and service development side, are essential for such dynamic environment. The diversity of
situations for M2M communications (continuous connection? Intermittent network? Low bandwidth
reliable? Health safety monitoring?) clearly illustrates the radical changes we need on our visions of devicenetwork signalling. On a different view of the same issue, 5G networks will need to develop a clear view of
network layering, in order to foster the complex ecosystem we expect. As IP increasingly loses its claim as
universal data and control protocol, a new layering structure will need to be found.
Furthermore, such decoupling strategies significantly increase the chances of developing an environment
that fosters quick and efficient contributions from various members and obviously from very, and many
different networking areas. It will promote evolutionary approaches to network deployment, and will
potentiate the usage of virtualization techniques to network deployment, and facilitate federation of
networks and services. Deployment of novel network features is an area that will need to be globally
researched, and which can be facilitated by proper interface design.
The developments in C-RAN also bring similar problems. The basic concept of cloud-RAN is to separate the
digital baseband processing units (BBUs) of conventional cell sites, and move the BBUs to the “cloud” (BBU
pool or BBU hostelling) for centralized signal processing and management. For different scenarios of the CRAN architectures, what is the optimum position of the base band pool and where can be placed? Is it near
the central office, or close to cell sites? And what are the interfaces (and which functional decomposition)
that should be imposed in these different scenarios? And how can CRAN impact mobility management?
Research is needed to understand what should be the best interfaces and protocols for internetwork and
service control and management. (e.g. an API for the application for transmitting their requirements hiding
all items which are to be processed under an “intelligent adaptation” of the network?).
Social as a network element
We expect an explosion in the number of user-centred devices in the next years, with increasingly connected
human-owned devices. As a result, their traffic will inherit social behaviours. Things will move or generate
data according to “social” patterns (i.e. space-time correlation of data generated by things). Exploiting the
knowledge about this social behaviour can bring many benefits from the technological viewpoint, such as:
Interference prediction and coordination techniques at PHY and MAC layers
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Traffic pattern prediction useful at MAC scheduling and RRC level
Content sharing techniques applied to D2D concepts
Opportunistic routing in multi-hop networks
Customization based on the QoE requirements (i.e. not to give more network resources than
needed but also not less).
These advantages in terms of better exploitation of network resources provide an opportunity for novel
views on network design and control. Tailored QoE should be a usual ability for the system management,
potentially context-aware (in function of the user/social aspects/application/service).
Personalized “follow me” Context-aware Networks
Advanced network and service virtualization techniques will allow to dynamically create and move personal
networks, that can “follow” the user with minimal or no impact on its network access experience. These
virtual networks can be built on top of a variety of network elements at the edge, for example on base
stations owned by an operator, WiFi access points owned by the user or even different types of user devices.
Such personalized networks can adapt their characteristics to the user profile, location and general context.
They also allow providing a homogeneous and customized network access environment to users, regardless
of their location and adapting to the end-user device capabilities. By doing this, the users or their devices are
no longer concerned with different access networks, access-specific authentication mechanisms, etc. While a
similar connectivity experience could be achieved by adding intelligence to the end-user device, the use of
context-aware personalized virtual networks removes any dependencies on the user terminal, thus leading
to faster deployments.
This faster deployment of new network services on demand will likely benefit from software orchestration
mechanisms (e.g., SDN), as they improve the manageability and adaptability of the network, by separating
the user and control plane functions and centralizing the latter beyond what can be done today. With
approaches such SDN, low level control and management functions can be more easily centralized.
The concept of personalized networks is not limited to the edge, since it can be applied in a more general
use case to serve different heterogeneous services on top of the same physical infrastructure. For example,
IoT/M2M type of traffic is quite different from high-definition video streaming. Different virtual
networks/domains across the whole network might be set up and configured to provide connectivity to
different services. Future 5G networks are expected to handle a large variety of traffic with disparate
requirements. Therefore, the orchestration of the network resources adapted to both the context and the
requirements of the service is an important topic for research.
Integrating Satellite for Increased Convergence
Mobile satellites today provide services to air, sea and remote land areas via GEO operators (e.g., Inmarsat,
Thuraya) and non GEO operators (e.g. Iridium, Globalstar,O3b). These operate in L, S, and recently Ka bands,
to both handheld and vehicle mounted as well as some fixed terminals. Air interfaces and network functions
have tended to be proprietary although some integration with MSS and 3GPP network interfaces exists.
Fixed satellites today provide backhaul services to cellular in C, Ku and Ka bands. Satellite has been an
overlay, rather than integrated system except in S band where an integrated satellite and terrestrial MSS
standard has been adopted.
3GPP like services exist via satellite to individual users, but as yet these have not been extended to 4G.
Services to ships, aircraft and fast trains using FSS satellites provide a full range of mobile and broadcast
services to passenger vehicles. A growing area of interest is in the transport sector where safety services
and V2V are seen as ideal for satellite delivery. Satellite is also used extensively for low rate SCADA
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applications to/from pipelines, oil and gas remote installations etc. Satellite is also used in cases of failure in
the cellular system due to natural or made-made disasters. Increased data requirements for applications
such as oil and other mineral exploration and security via UAV’s has spurred the need for more spectrum
and the use of higher frequencies, e.g., Ka band.
Looking towards the future to 2020/5 there will be a trend to larger and more powerful GEO satellites taking
capacities from 100’s Gbps to over a Terabit/s. Several hundreds of spotbeams will, via higher order
frequency reuse increase the capacity in limited spectrum. Higher frequency bands will also be used—
Q/V/W and also optical for gateway connections. Advances in satellite payload technology via new materials
and optimised designs will enable up to 30m deployable antennas at L/S bands and increased payload
powers from 20 to 30KW. On board signal processing will enable improved connectivity and flexibility to
meet changing traffic patterns and demands e.g. adaptive beam forming and hopping and interference
management to increase capacity. Alternative architectures involving clusters of GEO’s and possibly
fragmentation of link functions between the connected (possibly with ISL’s) clustered satellites could evolve.
Following the innovations of using different orbits by O3b, new non GEO systems are likely to appear
possibly using all optical technology—between satellites and from satellite to ground and possibly using
constellations of smaller and cheaper satellites.
Satellite and terrestrial system integration is already a trend and this will continue with the development of
integrated and interoperable standards to allow the two sectors to interconnect efficiently both at network
level and at IP levels. In addition mobility management integration will evolve across the larger satellite and
smaller terrestrial cells. Satellite communications systems encompass a wide range of solutions providing
communication services via satellite(s) as illustrated in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Sketch of satellite role in future communication systems6
The integration of network standards is seen to be crucial in these architectures. In particular how the
satellite gateway interconnects into the 5G network interfaces. There are various scenarios of
interconnection between the network entities that separate the control plane from the data plane that will
determine the performance and the signalling load on the networks that needs to be minimised.
A major contribution that satellite can make to 5G is to off-load traffic from terrestrial networks and in
particular for video based traffic which is the largest contributor to spectrum demands. This can be achieved
by traffic classification and intelligent routing and will thus reduce the demands on the terrestrial spectrum.
Satellites have been traditionally used for broadcast purposes but as CDNs become common, the ability of
satellites to download high data that can be cached for onward delivery becomes an attractive feature. The
interplay with new (inter)network architectures, such as CDN is important to consider for SatCom/cellular
From Booz&Co, “Why satellites matter”,
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integration. Pervasive caching and naming of information and content transferred over the networks would
more easily allow the inclusion of SatCom into an integrated Satellite-Terrestrial network by exploiting the
broadcast/multicast and broadband capabilities and masking the longer propagation delay, improving
overall performance with caches at the edges. QoE is becoming the byword for service provision and a major
differentiator, but it is little understood at the moment. It is clear that peak and average bit rates are not the
determining factor but sustainable bit rate links more to the QoE. Intelligent delivery of services using the
systems that best suite the QoE to the user is another area in which satellite can play a part.
Integrated localisation schemes are key enablers to many new services in 5G. The notion of per-user
integrated location and service management in cellular/satellite systems should be investigated either to
help in spectrum sharing or to improve trunking systems. A Per-user service proxy can be created to serve as
a gateway between the user and all client-server applications engaged by the user. The aim is that whenever
the user's location database moves during a location handoff, a service handoff also ensues collocation of
the service proxy with the location database. This allows the proxy to know the location of the mobile user
to reduce the network communication cost for service delivery. Different users with vastly different mobility
and service patterns can adopt different integrated location and service management methods to optimize
system performance.
The integration of satellite (GEO and non-GEO) and terrestrial can be used to extend the 5G network to
ubiquitous coverage. For example to sea—cruise liners and yachts, to passenger aircraft, trains and even to
remote locations such as holiday villas. A simple example is via backhauling but this can be done in an
intelligent manner by routing traffic either over the satellite or terrestrially depending on the content and
the required QoE. IoT coverage to wide areas involving sensors and M2M connections are ideal services to
make use of satellite wide area coverage. The challenge is to design efficient low data rate communications
in large numbers via the satellite. Transport services including V2V are again ideal for satellite with its wide
coverage. In the safety market all new vehicles are likely to be mandated to include safety packages and
given the need for ubiquitous coverage systems that follow on from the EU SAFETRIP system demonstration
will play a key role. Furthermore, we foresee the provisioning of a robust, virtually infrastructure-less
network for safety and emergency networks, highly distributed enterprise networks and backhaul
alternative for isolated and remote areas.
Localisation and positioning is key to many different 5G services. The integration of cellular and satellite
positioning systems is a key challenge to enabling this vast range of services. Satellites are already used for
earth resource data, which is in itself used as an input to many new services. Coupling this with integrated
satellite and cellular communications will provide a powerful new fusion enabling the innovation of services.
Future 5G system will include the integrated provision of communication, localization and sensing on a
global and very accurate scale.
Security services require high resilience and thus the use of satellite together with cellular delivery will help
provide the availability required. Most countries have fallback disaster and emergency networks, which can
benefit from an integrated satellite and cellular approach. There is increased use of surveillance using UAV’s
and the necessity for real time high definition video, which is best delivered by satellite.
3.1.9 Security, Privacy and Trust
Security is a crosscutting topic that needs to be carefully considered by design from the start. Secure
mechanisms must be developed that allows access to only authorized parties (both in human form or
through agents) in creating/configuring a virtual network. It must be flexible enough to accommodate the
increased and multi-dimensional dynamics introduced by fine-grained virtualisation. Additionally, isolation
between virtualized networks has to be guaranteed as well as providing trust for the virtual infrastructure
users on the virtual service enablement.
Security solutions for assuring integrity, privacy and access to information are challenged by emerging data
protection legislation and simply the human desire to produce, own, share and control information. Often,
data exchanged is expected to include information from several critical services such as emergency or
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medical information that must have full network availability as well as security and confidentiality protection
measures. These vectors are transversal across areas, and need to be supported in all research aspects. It is
worth to note that the diversity of scenarios considered will unavoidable imply that the trust guarantees of
future network providers will vary greatly, presenting network designers with a completely different
scenario for trust establishment. Countering anomalous dysfunctional and/or malicious activity is of key
importance for assuring the protected operation of the network and maturity of the components from which
it is constructed.
Current networks are comprised of secure pipes that terminate in insecure endpoints. Virtualised endpoints,
agents or network functions will become more granular, increasing the number of secure pipes and the
complexities of trust, overcomplicating modern day public key schemes. New techniques such as Identity
Based Encryption (IBE), Attribute Based Encryption (ABE), functional encryption and fully homomorphic
encryption offer new solutions, which should be addressed from the start. New key management techniques
are of primary importance.
Furthermore, BYOD and mobile sensing based on common smartphones brings new possibilities for using
mobile devices to gather data about users and, as consequence, about the world or some specific
circumstance. The usage of mobile phones as means to collect and analyse behaviour patterns of individuals
and environment in order to understand how events affect their behaviours and, consequently, how
potential events can be automatically detected starting from data collected by a number of users, poses
specific challenges as open and big data issues may improve network and service delivery, but user privacy
needs to be balanced in this process.
Trust establishment is currently rigidly defined, and largely centralised. As networks become more capable
to operate at the speed and agility of a person embedded within their online virtual and pervasive world, It is
required to have trust relationships to largely map the changing trust environment of the people and
enterprise using that network. This begins to move away from secure network transactions and more
towards the information itself being implicitly secure, hence supporting the changing sensitivities of the
information and the impact that information has on those making decisions based upon that information
and the effect on the real physical environment. New techniques such as Identity Based Encryption (IBE),
Attribute Based Encryption (ABE), functional encryption and fully homomorphic encryption offer new
solutions, which should be addressed from the start. New key management techniques are of primary
importance here.
3.1.10 Effective Service Development and Deployment
5G networks call for successful handling of many and demanding requirements. This has a major impact on
service development and deployment, bringing specific challenges to proper application provisioning. It is
important to stress on the following requirements:
Rapid, easy and dependable application/service deployment: Rapid service deployment is needed in order
to follow the rapid pace of changes of services and applications. Aspects as faster conformity testing, and
automatic seamless handover to an updated system are essential in this context.
Intelligent adaptability to varying conditions: The guarantee of high QoS/QoE levels that will be relevant to
the deployed applications/services (corresponding to a certain level of service availability, performance,
reliability, and usability) will need novel and intelligent approaches to lead with extremely varying networks.
Support scalabilit: We will need to support proper application provisioning in very demanding and changing
contexts of operation, e.g., 1000x capacity increase in 10 years with billions of users and trillions of
machines/things. System consolidation is also an issue, as extreme diversity may lead to unmanageable
service requirements (provisioning 1000 devices with the same firmware is much less complex than
provisioning 50 devices with 20 types of firmware).
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3.1.11 Agile Management Frameworks
In the future, often virtualized, networks, advanced management techniques are required to manage the
deployment and to follow the dynamic nature of the network and their integration into the end-to-end
communication infrastructure. Following the path initiated by the virtualization platforms in the computer
world, mechanisms for the group management of network appliances, the dynamic creation and setup of
network functions and their associated entities are important research issues. Management and
orchestration also requires awareness of the underlying resource availability, while pure processing and
storage tasks for network functions can be shifted to parts of the network where sufficient resources are
available, the actual underlying link capacity will be limited by the physical boundaries of the transport
medium. Management functionality needs to be resource aware and to consider not only the most
opportune location to execute virtualised network functions but also the availability of the underlying
resources (e.g., honouring the difference between moving virtual functions for execution into capillary
networks or into a cellular access network).
A powerful (self-)management framework is necessary in order to achieve optimality in 5G systems and
meet strict usage and development requirements (e.g., acceleration of deployment, high QoS/QoE, proper
application provisioning in demanding environments, lower cost of the infrastructure, cost and energy
efficiency). Such a system may rely on traditional components of management frameworks: (i) data and
context acquisition; (ii) fast immediate automatic adaptation, to maintain system operation; (iii) analysis and
learning, to guarantee continuous optimum performance, and (iv) decision making, to select the most
important aspect at a given time. Nevertheless, higher degrees of intelligence, adaptability and selfmanagement are expected. A problem that will be compounded by the need for multiple management
systems, including multiple Radio Access Technologies management platforms, to negotiate and agree in
stable operation points.
This approach requires network architecture capable to enable network-wide observation and sensing
(beyond spectrum occupancy, and including quantities such as protocol parameters and state variables,
traffic, channel statistics, transmission and error events, interference, human behaviour, and so on) as well
as data collection from various layers of the protocol stack. In this architecture, communication nodes shall
perform sensing and data collection, as well as dissemination of appropriate information, in order to achieve
situational awareness through sensing, model building from new data and situations, and exploitation of
past experience to plan, decide and act. Furthermore, all these actions may have to be performed with
strong energy efficiency considerations in place. Future 5G network should be highly energy efficient
without compromising the expected user quality of experience, and the above aspects of self-network
management, covering variable topologies, device reconfiguration and intelligent setup functions have to be
enabled in the network.
For instance, context acquisition can target the monitoring of contextual situations as soon as they are
created. Contextual information includes the traffic, mobility and radio conditions. The output can describe
the contexts encountered with respect to the aforementioned parameters, as well as the likelihood of
encountering similar contexts in the future. Learning mechanisms can then target the development of
knowledge regarding the handling done to encountered contexts (e.g., system configuration applied), the
potential alternative handlings, and the respective efficiency of each handling. It can rely on reinforcement
learning techniques. Finally, decision making will be responsible for the designation and execution of optimal
solutions in order to handle specific situations (e.g., which cells are capable of providing extra capacity when
needed etc.) according to the specific contexts encountered, in conjunction with the knowledge built from
previous, similar handlings.
As another example, the network shall be able to recognise a data flow generated by a user that is watching
a video streaming while commuting by train from office to home. By exploiting the context information, the
network management system proactively distributes video chunks to the servers along the path followed by
the train, in order to guarantee that the required video sequence is readily available from the closest server
as the train passes by. Furthermore, the network management system may temporarily increase the data
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transfer rate before predictable connectivity holes (e.g., when the train enters a tunnel), in order to buffer
enough data for overcoming the outage period. Furthermore, recognizing the type of video content, the
network is capable of determining the source encoding that guarantees the best QoE to the final user
depending on the current conditions of the connection, and to selectively drop the enhancement layers that
cannot be delivered.
Due to the new business possibilities that network virtualization offers, an efficient service delivery
management has to be carefully implemented. Relations between resources, services, providers and users
can bring a complexity that virtualization may hinder. Different service provider roles may involve hierarchy
of virtualized infrastructure increasing the complexity of service deployment. Therefore, a proper service
management should consider the required information (e.g., ownership, access rights, delegation, context,
SLAs) to allow a multi-level management while keeping consistency among the different layers.
3.2 Wireless Subsystem
5G wireless research happens in different regions in the world. In the EU the H2020 program sets a strong
position for ICT 5G research. However, for the aim of consensus building in later standardization activities,
an early collaboration with other regions is important. The competitive element of research in different
regions foster the innovation, but finally a global standard has to emerge. The EU already started joint
programs in FP7, and in call 1 of H2020 we find a wider range of global collaboration possibilities.
The 5G collaborative research, as conducted in the framework of EU funded research programs, starts in an
environment and with a timeline where companies not yet competing with products. This allows
collaborative research and focus on certain scientific topics, by organisations, which are usually competing in
their markets. The collaborative research is an excellent way for early consensus building about the gains
and pains related to potential new technical concepts. Further, the phase of collaborative research allows as
well the provision of fundamental needs for later standardisation work, like the design of channel models
and reference scenarios.
H2020 call 1 projects can influence work in standards and ITU and provide input to ITU WRC 18. In bodies
like 3GPP it is always difficult to predict the duration of actual and planned releases, and therefore it is
difficult to predict how the H2020 project cycles and the 3GPP releases will synchronize. However, the call 1
ICT projects have a clear potential to impact the release 14 and 15 work in 3 GPP. ICT projects in later calls
can than potentially refer to existing study and work item activities, which have its roots in call 1 results, and
can help to drive the future feature evolution.
Novel RAN Architectures
Macrocellular centricity has dominated cellular network architectures until now. In order to greatly improve
mobile networks capacity, several new architectural components can be foreseen: Heterogeneous Networking & Ultra-dense Small Cells Deployment
Future networks will need to be deployed much more densely than today’s networks and will become
significantly more heterogeneous than today. They will become more heterogeneous in terms of: transmit
power, antenna configuration, supported frequency bands, transmission bandwidths, directional blindness,
multi-hop architecture, and duplex arrangements. The radio-network architectures of the nodes will vary
from stand-alone base stations to systems with different degrees of centralized processing, depending on
the available backhaul technology. One major venue in 5G networks is dense deployment of small cells
coexisting with micro and macrocells as well as other systems such as WiFi, LTE/A and HSPA, comprising a
Heterogeneous Network (HetNet). Interference and cell densification is beneficial already at frequencies
below 6GHz at current and possible new frequency allocations. New methods for spectrum sharing are of
particular interest in small cells domain. Some of the foreseen developments imply drastic changes to
operator roles – new business models need to be justified. Providing ubiquitous communications in mobility
and enabling continuous evolution from legacy to future systems will require seamless integration of all
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available technologies, where the concepts of seamless vertical handover, multi-technology data load
balancing and multi-operator roaming must be generalized. At the same time, ultra dense small cells
deployment will not happen without the appropriate means to reduce site acquisition and installation costs
(such as using relays not owned by the operator, self-backhauling techniques…). Efficient Wireless Backhauling
Due to novel network architectural components and explosion of such network nodes, single and multi-hop
wireless backhauling will become very important in the future. Thus, more efficient transmission
mechanisms need to be developed. Inclusion of mobile network nodes requires intelligent and self-adaptive
backhauling techniques, for example using intelligent Routing of services between satellite and fixed links to
off load traffic. For small cells, a number of wireless backhauling options can be implemented including Line
Of Sight (LOS) technologies such as microwave, millimetre wave, and non LOS technologies, such as WiFi and
cellular radios. Since most small cells will be deployed at non-conventional locations, including street
furniture or sides of buildings, where fibre availability will be limited, the wireless options may be preferred.
In case of millimetre wave technologies, dynamic beam-forming is a key technique to enhance robustness
and to enable reconfiguration of the backhaul topology.
Another backhaul and fronthaul option may include sharing/using the available fibre-to-the-home/building
(FTTH/FTTB or more generally FTTx) with fixed optical access. From the energy efficiency perspective, one
should remember that backhauling/fronthauling itself also consumes energy and cannot be neglected for a
larger amount of smaller cells. Self-Organising Networks
The increasing network heterogeneity and dynamicity lead to increasing complexity and efforts of the
Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) of mobile networks. Self-organising Networks (SON) are
the first step towards the automation of OAM tasks, introducing closed control loop functions dedicated to
self-configuration, self-optimisation, and self-healing. Extremely automated systems have to follow highlevel operator goals regarding network performance and reliability. Cognitive Radio Networking principles
are used to achieve end-to-end operator goals and many existing results can be used to greatly improve
OAM functions. Synergies between SON and Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures and protocols
should be studied. Context Awareness and Dynamic Caching
By harnessing recent advances in storage and computing/processing, dynamic caching can help alleviate
backhaul congestion, reduce loads at peak times and minimize latency, by pre-caching contents at strategic
network edge locations. If smartly coupled with meta-data analytics, network operators can further exploit
the vast amount of users’ context information (location, speed, etc.) for a better predictability of future
demands, to proactively cache popular contents before users actually request them. Contents can be cached
at small cell base stations, user terminals or intermediate network locations such as gateways and home settop boxes. Moreover, content caching lends itself to proximity-based services and D2D communication,
where users can turn into “prosumers” to help disseminate contents. Making dynamic content caching a
reality hinges on addressing a number of key challenges such as what/where/when to cache? Bit-wise versus
content-wise caching, joint routing with caching among multi-ISPs, scalability issues, as well as changes to
the current architecture. Quality of Experience (QoE) & user-oriented wireless resources management
Quality of Experience (QoE) is a complex concept which is related to subjective user perception, while using
a given service/application. A key innovative target that future networks should provide, is the ability to
minimize the difference between the personalized QoE level perceived by a given user while using a given
service/application, and the QoE level expected by such user while using the service/application in question.
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Intelligent Radio Resource Management
The use of various spectral resources in HetNets and especially the exploitation of mmWave bands that have
not been used previously in cellular networks impose the need for intelligence on the management of the
radio resources. First, a management framework should be developed that will coordinate and optimize the
access of the users to the mmWave ultra-dense networks. Furthermore, due to the utilization of wireless
backhaul the joint management of the resources in the wireless access and the backhaul shall be introduced.
In order to estimate high quality solutions to the radio resource management problem a knowledge-based
approach should be followed. Specifically, the algorithms that will provide the solution shall take into
account the capabilities of the network entities (e.g. possible operational RATs and spectrum bands,
transmission power levels, etc.), the network context (e.g. current operating RAT, spectrum, transmission
power, interference, battery level, etc.), as well as previous solutions in order to estimate better solutions (in
terms of quality and runtime).
New Air Interface
The air interface is the foundation on which any wireless-communication infrastructure is based. The
properties of the different air-interface protocol layers (physical layer, MAC layer, retransmission protocols,
etc.), and how these operate together, are thus critical for the quality-of-service (QoS), spectral and energy
efficiency, resilience, and flexibility of the entire wireless system. One of the key drivers for the evolution of
the air interface is the paradigm shift from larger coverage cells to smaller and smaller, less and less regularly
deployed cells dominating network architectures; hence, this viable change has to be carefully studied as an
enabler for novel technical solutions to provide the expected services despite the fact that the available
spectrum does not increase in the same proportion. Novel transmission technologies
Different means to further enhance spectral efficiency and flexibility/robustness, e.g., improved spectral
containment allowing better coexistence with services in adjacent bands, and thus efficient implementation
of Cognitive Radios (CRs), beyond that of conventional OFDM, should be pursued. This includes more general
multi‐carrier transmission schemes, as well as other transmission approaches that may not be based on the
multi‐carrier principle, such as full duplex transmission (realizing the merge between FDD and TDD). An
example candidate is the FBMC (Filter Bank Multi Carrier) technique, and its variations, white space
techniques. Radio resource allocation technologies based on non-orthogonal multiple access and removing
the synchronicity assumption must be investigated in the near future, along with advanced interference
handling, e.g. including interference classification and alignment for both mobile and satellite. Advanced Multi Antenna Transmission Reception (including 3D MIMO beam-forming)
Although today multi‐antenna transmission/reception is an established technology component in state‐of‐
the‐art mobile‐broadband technologies, such as HSPA and LTE, much can still be done to fully exploit all its
potential, on both link and system levels. This includes more robust multi‐antenna transmission schemes
(e.g., in terms of limited channel knowledge), as well as extending their capabilities to provide efficient and
flexible multi‐user multiplexing. A more radical technology step is to extend current multi‐antenna schemes,
typically consisting of just a few antenna ports at each transmitter/receiver node, towards massive multi‐
antenna configurations, in the extreme case consisting of several hundred antenna ports per site and even
more remote antennas provided by remote radio heads (RRH), cooperative multi-point base stations (CoMP)
and user-assisted cooperative transmission.
Benefits from diversity in time, physical space and frequency should be increasingly sought in combination,
whereas current techniques typically only see use of only two of these dimensions.
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The future of mobile communications will include a vast variety of communication nodes with various sets of
requirements and roles. Some have to be designed with primarily the Quality of Experience (QoE) in mind,
some call for the highest energy efficiency, while for others the emphasis will be on robustness and security.
This variety in requirements and roles needs major improvements in designs in terms of flexibility,
concerning both the network and the architectural design of the nodes. Outsourcing computation intensive
tasks to the network cloud is already a new and promising paradigm, but power amplifiers and other
components will also have to be revisited with respect to the energy‐saving potential. Visible Light Communications
The visible light is part of the EM spectrum that has unregulated optical bandwidth between 400THz
(780nm) and 800THz (375nm). This part of spectrum is beneficial as it is licence free and has no known
health concerns. As visible light has no interference with RF, it allows simultaneous exploitation of both
spectrum bands for 5G small cell networks. To support the capacity, efficiency and security proposed in 5G,
it is beneficial to have such optimum usage of the EM spectrum.
In the last decade visible light communications (VLC) has been a subject of increasing interest and
development due to scarcity of radio spectrum. Such interest can be traced back to the relatively recent
development of white LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and by the fact that there is more than 300 THz of
bandwidth readily available in such optical channels. There are, however, several challenges that need to be
tackled before VLC is widely adopted. They include developing techniques that will help to mitigate
problems caused by ambient light and shadowing, and evaluating capacity for VLC. It is indeed essential to
show that full-fledged optical wireless networks can be developed by using existing lighting infrastructures.
This includes multi-user access techniques and interference coordination.
VLC is relevant not only because is expected to impact both low data rate applications, e.g., positioning or
asset tracking, and high data rate applications, e.g. video transfer, but also by the possibility to combine
communication and energy harvesting. Light communications can also be applied to constellations of small
satellites (e.g., Cube Sats) both from earth to space as well as inter satellite for providing global coverage. Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency of mobile networks has for long not been a dedicated research or design topic, yet
efficiency has continuously improved. This has been driven by hardware gains due to Moore’s Law and
better utilisation of high SNR channels (modulation close to Shannon’s limit). Further, smartphones and data
flat-rates have driven the utilisation of services, so that systems are more and more operating in a heavily
loaded mode than in a coverage limited deployment with high energy consumption for little traffic. These
effects promise a 1000x improvement of energy efficiency within the next 5 years. However, both of these
drivers for energy efficiency are more or less exhausted. The expected further growth of data subscriptions,
data rates and data volumes threatens to drive up energy consumption, deployment cost and operation cost
of mobile networks. A new 5G system concept needs to drastically reduce the energy consumption per Mbit.
All aspects of a mobile communication system need to be studied and improved for higher energy efficiency:
hardware efficiency (especially in new bands in the 30-90GHz range), reduction (coordinated transmission,
beamforming and massive MIMO), new radio waveforms with less control overhead, deployments with
shorter transmission ranges (ultra-small cells, D2D), faster transition from idle to connected mode
(connection-less transmission, control overlay separate from data services, dynamic network management
(load adaptive and context aware activation of additional resources), task offloading, and service
provisioning (content caching, multicasting, opportunistic transmission).
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Massive Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication is expected to be one of the major drivers for new
radio access technologies in 5G, fostered by a ubiquitous and transparent coverage for the massive
deployment of sensors, actuators, RFtags, smart metering, and other Machine-Type Devices (MTDs).
Forecasts indicate that in 2020 cellular networks will likely serve a factor 10 to 100 more MTDs than personal
mobile phones with the number of MTDs connected to single base stations in the range from 10.000 to
100.000. While current cellular standards were conceived for relatively few devices with high data rates, a
single MTD often only generates small amounts of user data, shows very diverse channel access or traffic
patterns (triggered, periodically, sporadic or random), needs to be low-cost and very energy efficient to
operate for long-lifetimes. As a consequence, new radio access technologies are required that are capable to
support signalling and access structures of massive Machine-Type Communication (MTC), e.g., novel physical
layer and medium access layer technologies. As an example, technologies with less PHY and MAC signalling
overhead need to be designed for handling the low data rate, sporadic MTC access achieving a balanced
payload to overhead ratio. Significant improvements in energy efficiency against performance are also
needed. Future MTC will benefit from energy scavenging and emerging paradigms for passive or extremely
low power system operation (e.g., based on wake-up radios, passive backscattering technologies). One of
the major challenge in designing novel MTC technologies is the huge variety of requirements in M2M
communication ranging from very resource efficient highly reliable, low latency cases to latency and error
robust long-term data acquisition applications. Recent approaches exploiting statistical MTC signal
structures such as sparse multi-user detection facilitating a joint data detection and signal acquisition or
exploiting correlation properties of sensor signals minimizing the access attempts have shown to be
promising for the application in 5G cellular networks. Furthermore, recent work in random access design has
shown promising new schemes that enable very high efficiency random access even for massive number of
MTDs. The communication paradigm in M2M systems spans from traditional unicast/multicast/broadcast
primitives to data centric/anycasting/geocasting. System level optimization is needed to scale up to dense,
city scale systems. The fact many applications require information that can be provided (according to
anycasting, geocasting, or data centric networking paradigms) but any among a group of MTDs creates
significant opportunities for system level optimizations. Such optimizations can exploit knowledge on the
channel, energy availability, and MTC resources to provide the information required by the applications by
solving the trade-offs between maximum energy, throughput and latency performance.
Since machine type, human-to human and human-to-machine generated traffic have different
characteristics, future 5G networks have to deal with such new traffic patterns. 3GPP has a task group
working on specifying the services and features of MTC for network improvements. The MTC services
proposed by 3GPP can help address some concerns as QoS, still in early stage of development on this type of
communications, helping in optimizing the coexistence of different use cases on the same network (different
QoS for different MTDs, as traffic requirements and patterns differ widely according to the use case in MTC).
Below is a table that shows the identified service types in MTC:
MTC Feature
Feature description
Low mobility
Rarely moving or only moving within a certain area
Time controlled
MTC data delivery only during predefined time intervals
Time tolerant
Data transfer can be delayed
Packet Switched (PS) only
MTC device supports only PS services
Small data transmissions
Only small amounts of data are exchanged
Mobile originated
Only MTC devices utilizing only mobile originated communications
MTC monitoring
Monitoring events related to particular MTC Devices
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Priority alarm
Priority alarm generation upon the occurrence of a particular event
Secure connection
Secure connection between MTC devices and MTC servers required
Location specific trigger
Triggers MTC devices in a particular area
Network provided destination for Uplink data to be delivered to a network provided destination IP
uplink data
Infrequent transmission
Long period between two data transmissions
Group based MTC features
Functions for associating a MTC device to multiple MTC groups
Table 1: MTC features in 3GPP
Traffic flow types for testing QoS parameters on next generation model networks can be found on the ITU-T
recommendation Q.3925, where the characteristics of the traffic flow on ubiquitous sensor networks section
is of interest when modelling MTCs. Terrestrial Broadband-Broadcast Convergence
Today, mobile radio and terrestrial broadcasting are completely separated realms. Mobile radio networks
are of the LTLP (Low Tower Low Power) type whereas High Tower High Power (HTHP), due to economic
reasons, is characteristic of broadcasting. LTE, the most advanced mobile radio technique, includes a
specification of a broadcast mode, but the use of it is still at a very early stage. DVB-T2, its counterpart on
the broadcast side, is only applicable for the purposes of broadcasting. On the other hand, the use of
broadcast and broadband are coming closer and closer to each other. Internet connectivity is becoming
common for TV sets. Each smartphone and tablet computer is a possible TV and radio set. At the same time,
an approximation of technologies is taking place as well. LTE and DVB-T2 are both OFDM-based at a
comparable level. Consequently, it is an obvious option to merge mobile radio and broadcasting systems in
the future. The next stage of development of mobile radio techniques (“5G”) could have an inherent hybrid
character, suitable for mobile radio and broadcast services of all kinds equally. Consequently, it should
support the combined and flexible use of HTHP and LTLP networks in broadcast layers. The key requirements
for 5G technologies concerning the integration of broadcast capacities still need to be clarified.
Spectrum remains the critical resource for all radio communications, which the mobile sector have
increasing managed to secure to successfully roll out services to citizens across Europe. However as
technology improves in terms of spectrum efficiency and bit rate our precious spectrum allocations remain
segmented in islands. This presents problems in mobile terminal design, as space limits the number of
antennas, especially as the frequency getting lower. LTE advanced have introduced a technique to join the
islands, carrier aggregation, but phones can only implement a limited number of individual bands, and an
even smaller number of band combinations. This is creating a fundamental limit on the maximum bit rate
and trunking efficiency that can be achieved in real devices with physical size limitations. This has to be
overcome if 5G systems are to meet their goals.
There is underutilized spectrum in the millimetre-wave frequency bands above 30GHz, which is a potentially
viable solution for achieving tens to hundreds of times more capacity compared to current 4G cellular
networks. Historically, mmWave bands were ruled out for cellular usage mainly due to concerns regarding
short-range and non-line-of-sight coverage issues. Recent results from channel measurement campaigns and
the development of advanced algorithms and a prototype, clearly demonstrate that the mmWave band may
indeed be a worthy candidate for next generation (5G) cellular systems7.
See Rangan, S.; Rappaport, T.S.; Erkip, E., "Millimeter-Wave Cellular Wireless Networks: Potentials and Challenges,"
Proceedings of the IEEE , vol.102, no.3, pp.366,385, March 2014
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Spectrum sharing between different technologies has long been seen as one way to increase the maximum
contiguous chunks of spectrum available for mobile services. Bands such as the original GSM 900 and 1800
MHz have now been opened up to the latest LTE technologies. However, there are fundamental limits that
have led 3GPP to only allowing 10 MHz allocations in the 900 MHz band (LTE band 8), and 20 MHz at 1800
MHz (LTE band 3) with reduced receiver sensitivity. Hence, as operators work together with spectrum, site,
and radio sharing, the impact on the maximum bit rate and spectrum efficiency is limited.
Beyond these aspects, one has to look into the sharing of spectrum between different services (e.g.,
broadcast and Internet) and service providers due to the underutilised spectrum in many bands, because the
entities or systems to which spectrum is allocated do not use it continuously, from the perspectives of space
and/or time and/or even frequency. The development of techniques to efficiently use these spectrum slices
could improve their use, and minimise the problems of lack of spectrum for the increased number of
services and usage that are fitting into today’s bands for mobile and wireless communications.
Research should be focused in providing a way in which all communication services can opportunistically use
any portion of non-used available spectrum. This opportunistic use will lead to maximum efficiency of
spectrum use and will also pave the way for a dramatic reduction of economic waste regarding the provision
of future increased spectrum resource demand communication services.
For allowing a realistic implementation of a European-wide Dynamic Spectrum Access framework and
scenario, there is the need of establishing a related economic and market model which supports it. The
establishment on the principle of a secondary market approach is one of the most promising business
approaches. Such model would exploit the already proved efficiency creation that financial secondary
markets foundations provide, which have already been extended to other assets. In the scope of spectrum
sharing between spectrum owners, this approach would introduce the figure of “spectrum brokers” as
neutral harmonizers of prices and facilitator of economical interchanges between spectrum owners. This
would be a breakthrough in spectrum allocation policies, fostering economic efficiency and the
implementation of an automatic and real-time spectrum allocation scenario. New allocations below 6GHz
WRC-15 aims at concluding the years of negotiations over the digital dividend. CEPT8 has been mandated by
the European Commission to develop a preferred technical (including channeling) arrangement and identify
common and minimal (least restrictive) technical conditions for wireless broadband use in the 694 -790 MHz
frequency band for the provision of electronic communications services. ECC PT1 is developing the response
to this EC mandate, supported by CPG PTD on that issue, this will almost certainly limit the available
bandwidth of a single LTE channel to 10 MHz.
Early preparations for WRC-18 have not seen any move to bring the 40 separate LTE global frequency bands
together. Migration of existing services is seen as a fundamental roadblock that could take decades to
resolve. Thus, it appears that no new allocations below 6GHz for terrestrial 5G services are possible,
although refarming opportunities should be studied to support the booming needs of 5G users. mmWave bands
Due to the combined problem of the increased shortage of new exclusive spectrum for mobile broadband
systems below 6 GHz and of the fragmentation into small islands, higher frequency bands have been gaining
increasing interests. mmWave spectrum can enable large bandwidth frequency resources.
For more information about CEPT, see
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Bands for mmWave are typically defined as being in the frequency range of 30-300 GHz. For the field of 5G
research the target is a range between 20 to 90 GHz, and the research in this field should look to EMF
aspects, link budgets, propagation issues, and channel model description. Later stages of 5G research may
look to a wider range of potential spectrum. Both fixed and satellite links currently use mmWaves and a key
research issue is how mobile can share these bands equitably.
Figure 4 shows the atmospheric impact on the chosen band. Different application and deployment scenarios
may call for use of different band selections. For 5G, the mmWave band use will not be an independent
radio system, instead it will be a component part of the 5G air interface design, and integrated with as a
mobile broadband system, together with the legacy generations.
Figure 4: Atmospheric attenuation under different frequency bands, not including rain or clouds
mmWave will be used for user access, backhaul and fronthaul applications, meshed relay implementations,
potentially sharing the same radio resources. In contrast to current mmWave research, 5G will look to a
wider range of applicable spectrum. In order to increase the distance over which a mobile terminal will be
able to communicate with a base station, novel design concepts are being considered for the 5G harmonized
air interface, not re-using IEEE and 3GPP concepts with their known shortcomings. Close integration with the
mobile broadband concept will allow new ways of load balancing, system operation and procedures. Spectrum and Satellite
The 5G air interface has the challenge of incorporating a range of different traffic types from the high rate
video down to the low rate IoT applications and serving applications with a range of latency requirements.
We see that the integration and interoperability of satellite and cellular 5G is essential to extract the
combined benefits of both sectors. In this respect, we need to adopt as far as possible a common AI. The
drivers in the satellite channel are however different compared to those in the cellular—multipath is not so
important but the channel is non-linear and suffers from more latency inhibiting adaptation—depending on
the satellite orbit. There is much to gained from an integrated terminal which uses as much commonality as
possible with terrestrial via ideas of implementing software MAC for example. This needs to be coupled to
the energy reduction that can be achieved in the terminal design. Receivers for bursty communications are
an area of research that will benefit the role of satellites in IoT. Multicarrier schemes such as filter bank
systems with appropriate modulations that offer optimal spectral efficiency and frequency granularity are
being investigated in terrestrial wireless but also have commonality in satellite systems. As already
mentioned, increasing the spectrum available to both satellite and terrestrial systems via cognitive
techniques represents an opportunity.
5G Channel Model
With the novel system design of 5G networks the knowledge of the propagation and channel conditions in a
radio link needs to improved, during communication, so that the system can take advantage of this, hence,
increasing performance in coverage, interference, data rate, capacity, delay, dependability, and set-up,
among many other metrics. Furthermore, many aspects still need a better understanding, like
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depolarisation and influence of vegetation and new materials. Antennas are part of the radio cannel, and
their increasing active role in the communication link implies that new approaches are taken not only on
antenna design (considering both the electrical specifications and the increasing mechanical constraints) but
also on their performance characterisation in random operating conditions.
Therefore, the existence of accurate propagation and channel models for both mobile and satellite are a key
component in the quest for 5G, supported by theoretical development, simulation approaches, and
measurements. Concerning the last ones, given the human and financial effort required to perform them, a
coordinated perspective is strongly desirable.
Given the rationale above, quite a number of research priorities can be established, addressing the many
dimensions at stake, and crossing them (actually, the simultaneous consideration of multiple of theses
dimensions is quite a challenge per se) . Further research and development is required in the following
areas of propagation and radio channels models:
very high speed scenarios, associated to transportation (e.g., trains) and to environment variation
(e.g., vehicle to infrastructure);
a more accurate characterisation for “new” deployment scenarios (several body postures, interior of
transportation means, all possible location of devices, consideration of the huge range of
applications, including body-centric, crowded environments, transportation, and machine-tomachine, among many others);
multiband and wideband signals, and carrier frequencies above UHF, namely millimetre waves, and
not neglecting Tera-Hertz; accounting for the impact of small scale fading in channel estimation
very short range communications, accounting for the influence of the surrounding environment;
statistical characterisation of complex environments, addressing space, time, space-time and
frequency correlation, obstacles and vegetation, polarisation;
characterisation of antenna performance, namely a statistical approach for radiation patterns and
beamforming, and in near-field conditions;
Integration of systems to provide improved coverage and user QoE, e.g., via satellite and cellular
An explicit (striving to be implicit) consideration for security and resilience, considering all aspects of
availability, confidentiality and integrity.
Furthermore, other axes should be considered, complementary to the previous ones:
more efficient tools and algorithms (e.g., on ray-tracing), namely for full three dimensional
characterisation of environments, but dealing with the complexity-accuracy trade-off;
propagation and channel measurement techniques, enabling to obtain time and spatial
characteristics in a more efficient way, taking both deterministic and statistical approaches;
enablers of accurate position estimation, security, maximum capacity and massive MIMO, energy
efficiency, and other applications of these models for “high layers”.
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Highly Flexible Communication Systems
5G networks will consist of heterogeneous networks interoperating in a clever way offering seamless
networking to the user. This will require from all linked network devices the flexibility to switch to the best
operating mode available to offer the best experience to the user or the requested service. Configurability of
the mobile SoC, the underlying hardware and software will be key to support the necessary flexibility in
space and time. Higher integration of various functionality in the mobile SoC based on ‘More than Moore’
technology evolutions and novel signal processing and circuit architectures based on ‘More Moore’ scaling
evolution will be essential to build fully integrated flexible network devices.
Energy Efficient Devices and Networks
Higher performance, higher flexibility should not come at a cost of increased energy consumption. A large
variety of devices ranging from sensor-like devices over high-capability personal devices will exist in the
network. Energy efficiency is mandatory for all these devices. Semiconductor technology scaling will help
this evolution, but possibly not as strong as it has been over the last decade. Smarter design and
implementation to cope with lower power consumption will be a big challenge. Rethinking the fixed
network infrastructure will be equally important to improve the energy efficiency of the network itself.
Implementation Challenges
Semiconductor technology scaling has driven mobile communication systems for the last ten years. And
technology scaling, although it might look different in the future, will remain the main engine pushing the
evolution of the mobile networks in the 5G era. Technology scaling will enable integration of previously
unseen complexity levels, processing of high data speeds and miniaturization of future network devices with
more functionality and high energy efficiency. It will allow future network devices to cope, in a flexible way,
with a heterogeneous network environment offering optimized services anyplace, anytime.
Implementation and integration based on advances in semiconductor (and nano-) technology will remain an
essential ingredient for economic and industrial players to take up a leading role in the market space.
Intensive R&D has improved mobile communication systems significantly in the last 20 years in many ways:
 Higher compute speeds and integration of digital functions support the increased data speeds and
far more complex signal processing algorithms.
 Improved semiconductor devices allow more performing analogue circuits capable of wider
frequency bands, higher sensitivity and better resistivity to unwanted effects as interference,
blockers, …
 Reduced power consumption of the systems on chip (SoC) enable real mobile devices with
acceptable power autonomy.
 Higher integration of analogue and digital functions give way to miniaturized the communication
devices based on SoC with strong reduction of external components.
5G networks will build on the continued (r)evolution of mobile SoCs. The 5G mantra of a 1000 times rate
increase will result in much faster data processing needs. Going from 100Mbps to 100Gbps networks will
have an impact on all functionality of the mobile SoC: it will require higher signal processing speeds for
digital logic and higher signal bandwidths in the analogue transceivers. Further semiconductor technology
scaling combined with clever design techniques will increase the signal frequencies and data speeds of the
integrated circuits.
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Moreover complex signal processing algorithms will be inevitable to support the future 5G networks and the
increased performance in terms of data capacity and link quality. Current trends show the exploration of
many variations of MIMO technology as the basis of future networks and increased capacity: massive MIMO,
SDM, beam-forming, … These trends prove that efficient implementation of complex algorithms at high
speed will be essential in signal processing for 5G communication systems, both on the device and the
infrastructure side. This will pose many challenges on the implementation of the future mobile SoC.
60 GHz, ...
Data rate, complexity, flexibility, ...
LTE, ...
battery gap!
HSPA, ...
Data rates /Nr. c. stand ard s
Battery Capacity
Figure 5: Increased mobile SoC performance challenges energy efficiency and implementation complexity
3.3 Virtualization
Telecom infrastructures have been traditionally based on a complex set of interconnected proprietary
hardware appliances running different types of distributed protocols. These protocols usually require
specialized vendor-specific configuration tools. More often than not, the deployment of a new service
required yet another hardware box to be installed and configured. Besides, all these specialized hardware
suffer from short lifecycles compared to the fast innovation pace and unexpected customers’ demands. This
heavily increases the capital expenditures (CAPEX). Moreover, the operation of the network has also been
traditionally very complex, as it involves the configuration of heterogeneous hardware, with different APIs
and tools, often requiring human intervention, and thus increasing the operational expenditures (OPEX).
Networks are evolving towards becoming a very dynamic and flexible environment consisting of virtual
resources that can be instantiated and released on demand to timely meet customers’ demands or to
optimize operator’s internal processes. These virtual functions are interconnected by virtual links that are
also set-up dynamically to best serve multiple network services. The existing Network Function Virtualization
(NFV) initiative and Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools and concepts represent today a first step in
this direction. However, future 5G networks will be much more complex, and will have to cope with much
more exigent demands, in terms of data traffic semantics, the granularity of the deployed functions,
resulting system, connectivity requirements, service heterogeneity, system dynamics, QoS and network
capillarity. An efficient control and management of such networks becomes crucial to overcome this
increasing complexity, where dynamic and automated functions will play a key role.
In order to tackle these serious issues, operators started to make use of network and service virtualization
techniques. Applied to networking, virtualization enables, for example, co-locating multiple instances of
network functions and services on “general purpose” hardware, which is shared among users. This first step
in the direction of a tighter integration of the networking and IT worlds already brings significant savings in
terms of CAPEX and OPEX, as well as other advantages, such as reduced time-to-market to deploy new
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services, reduced conformity and integration testing, better flexibility to scale and evolve existing services,
and lower risk barriers to perform service innovation. Virtualization in networking also enables the creation
of virtual networks, i.e., of network views independent of the actual hardware and its topology. Both other
topologies and other protocol stacks can be created. And we can even go beyond the current slicing of
networking technologies (e.g., VLANs) and also fuse network links, nodes and whole segments to single
entities, therefore reducing management efforts.
Moreover, virtualization enables the emergence of new business models, allowing the provisioning of
tailored network services for specific tenants and application purposes. Virtualisation brings the opportunity
to deploy almost independent virtual infrastructures for each tenant, configured. Through this, network
services are efficiently offered to a specific set of communication devices, enabling an easy uniform
administration of a domain e.g. an enterprise or an M2M specific domain. Through this means, the
virtualization enables the separation of concerns between different specialized communication systems,
thus enabling their easy control, adaptation and administration.
However, sharing common physical infrastructures creates security concerns that have to be addressed to
ensure isolation among virtual resources and services.
In the following, we discuss the relevant research priorities in the virtualization area that are likely to
address these challenges.
Efficient RAN Sharing for Multi-Tenancy
Future 5G networks will be denser to achieve the capacity increase provided by the deployment of smaller
cells. In this scenario, reducing the overall costs is of paramount importance. One way of doing that is by
enabling an efficient sharing of the network infrastructure. Existing sharing mechanisms are limited and not
sufficiently transparent to the network tenants. RAN virtualization techniques are ultimately to provide
logical isolated pieces (slices) of the access infrastructure to individual tenants, so they can operate them as
if each virtual slice were a single real physical infrastructure. A well-coordinated sharing of the access
infrastructure yields a higher throughput per area, but lots of research work is still needed to achieve that.
Cloud-based RAN centralization techniques help reducing the costs associated with highly dense networks by
offloading the intensive processing to a cloud. These clouds will support different deployment architectures,
from small and localized clouds in the street cabinet or even on current large-scale antenna poles to datacentres. The advantage of these solutions is that software can be upgraded and scaled on the fly. In addition,
the centralized architecture is ideally suited for joint scheduling of radio resources, handling inter-cell
interference and implementation of advanced architectural concepts such as carrier aggregation. However,
the high capacity and strict requirements on delay and jitter pose a serious challenge to the design of an
efficient fronthaul in the centralized architecture. This challenge becomes even more important with the
virtualization added on top of the centralized architecture.
Secondly, the sharing of the access infrastructure is not limited to the radio access interface and should be
extended to include the backhaul network. Again, mechanisms to properly share the backhaul and offer a
virtual RAN+backhaul network are still at very early stages.
Another important aspect to be considered when creating virtual networks on top of an access network
composed of heterogeneous radios and very densely deployed small cells is energy efficiency. By doing a
proper monitoring and orchestration of the physical resources, base stations can be selectively turned off
and on, as required to cope with the different demands. An operator managing the physical infrastructure
can dynamically update the configuration of the different virtual networks, to better meet the service level
agreements (SLAs) of the different tenants.
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The basic concept of cloud-RAN is to separate the digital baseband processing units (BBUs) of conventional
cell sites, and move the BBUs to the “cloud” (BBU pool or BBU hostelling) for centralized signal processing
and management. Hence, multiple questions must be answered in order to deal with these new concepts,
for example, for the different scenarios of the C-RAN architectures, what is the optimum position of the base
band pool and where can be placed? Is it near the central office, or close to cell sites? What is the optimum
hybrid wireless –optical fibre can be deployed to minimize the latency and increase the bandwidth?
As a conclusion, with RAN virtualization it becomes possible to have new operational models based on
sharing of RAN resources. This approach will reduce CAPEX and OPEX costs while improving the overall RAN
Co-existence with Existing Network Deployments
A seamless integration of existing networks with future virtual ones is a critical system design aspect that
needs to be carefully tackled. Multiple vendor, technology and administrative domain feed to the problem of
integration and a future proof solution is required. Network operators cannot update all their deployments
towards a fully virtualized environment, but they will start by doing some green field networks that will coexist with legacy systems. This requires standardized interfaces and the definition of proper hooks to link the
virtual network entities with the real ones. In order to be able to function gracefully, the virtualized
environment has to be integrated with the physical environment such as Remote Radio Heads, Internet
points of presence, interconnection between different tenant domains or integration with transport nodes.
It is outmost important that the end-to-end communication characteristics are supported in an integrated
manner over all these domains.
Virtualisation is also a key enabler for the efficient deployment of network entities on top of different tenant
infrastructures, types such as the satellite, fixed and mobile terrestrial systems via a unified and virtualised
management infrastructure for both systems.
In this context, it is especially important to consider co-existence aspects with 3GPP network architectures,
allowing parts of a mobile operator’s deployment to be partially or fully virtualized while keeping other parts
of existing deployments.
Software Defined Networks and Virtualisation in the Satellite domain
There will be a paradigm shift in network design to allow networks to react to the demands of the users
wherever they are—‘demand attentive networks’. This will be brought about by virtualisation in the network
and software that allows the dynamic reconfiguration of the network to give users the perception of infinite
capacity for their application. The extension of current trends in virtualisation and “softwarisation” especially in the domains of SDN and NFV- to satellite infrastructures is indeed a very attractive perspective
for the satcom community. By exploiting SDN/NFV enablers, satellite equipment vendors developing
specialised networking equipment for specific use (onboard or ground), have the potential to “open” their
platforms by making them programmable and reconfigurable. As for satellite network operators, the
virtualisation paradigm is expected to be a very attractive revenue source, offering them the ability to
monetize their infrastructure by offering new services and by charging customers according to the actual
usage of in-network resources. The application of NFV and “Cloud RAN” aspects to satcom paves the way
towards the full virtualisation of satellite head-ends, gateways/hubs and even satellite terminals, thus
entirely transforming the satellite infrastructure, enabling novel services and optimising resource usage. In
this context, several enhancements/adaptations of current SDN/NFV technologies (e.g. extensions of the
Openflow protocol) are envisaged, in order to be fully applicable to the satcom domain and exploit satellitespecific capabilities.
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Virtualisation is considered as the key enabler for the efficient integration of the satellite and terrestrial
network domains. Via the unified management of the virtualised satellite and terrestrial infrastructures, fully
integrated end-to-end network “slices” can be provided, integrating heterogeneous segments in a seamless
and federated way. This will enable ‘opportunistic integration’ of the satellite and terrestrial resources and
thus improve interoperability.
“On the fly” Virtualization and Adaptability
In order to quickly and flexibly adapt to all the different requirements and constraints imposed by the
heterogeneous services that future 5G networks are expected to serve, network virtualization techniques
need to be much more agile than current technologies, in setting up new virtual network entities with
programmable data forwarding path whilst keeping an optimal energy consumption balance. This feature is
especially required in order to obtain a fast-adaptable robust network addressing features such as load
balancing, high availability and redundancy as expected from a carrier-grade operator system. From the
booting time required to have a new network entity up and running, to temporal addition/removal of
networks, to the time needed to move a virtual entity from one physical location to another one, all these
procedures need to be intensively researched and optimized. Alternatively, other abstractions than using
Virtual Machines should be considered. There are, for instance, several promising paths within IT security
and server/host virtualization communities that allow extremely rapid creation of isolated execution
containers without the overhead of booting a new system.
At the same time, for a full-fledged network virtualization, server and host virtualization are insufficient
alone. To achieve independent, isolated virtual topology creation and ubiquitous virtual attachment, both
link/path and node aggregation and splitting techniques will require both new protocols and processing rules
in the routers and other network devices.
APIs and SLAs to External Actors
Network virtualisation enables creation and co-existence of multiple networks over the same physical
infrastructure each serving different demands and/or services. In such scenario, it is important to enable
external actors, such as service and application providers, to use appropriate configuration interfaces. As the
complexity of each virtual environment is foreseen to be equivalent to a physical deployment with a high
level of scalability, it is foreseen that a simplified governance API will be provided, for each tenant in which
full control is provided however lacking the automatic adaptation features. For example, a content
distributor may wish to configure a virtual network in a way that its video delivery service is assured to meet
the customer SLA. This is one of the key technical enablers towards the emergence of new business models
in the ICT sector in the coming years.
Terminal Virtualization
Network virtualization must not be limited to the infrastructure providing connectivity, but should extend to
the end-user device. A customer might be subscribed to multiple services and access networks
simultaneously enabled by virtualization techniques at the mobile terminal.
It would be useful to provide different isolated services using the same terminal. For example, a user might
get access to enterprise services via one virtualized end-user terminal, while accessing personal multimedia
content using a different virtualized device, optimized to receive that kind of content. This trend is already
discernable at the horizon with the current trends for BYOD and the resulting problems in the enterprises
and the recent introduction of isolation functions in the modern terminals.
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Performance and QoS
The virtualization (possibly iterated) of a network and ICT infrastructure can bring several challenges in
terms of the level of QoS that can be guaranteed in and by the virtualized resources at each level. The
performance behaviours (in terms of, e.g., bandwidth, delay, jitter) of virtualized network resources (e.g.
nodes, links) can be severely disrupted if proper QoS isolation techniques are not applied when
implementing virtualization. This applies to both past/present data plane virtualization techniques (e.g.
NFV), and future ones. Also, the challenge is made more complex by the nature (e.g. deterministic vs
statistical multiplexing) and heterogeneity (virtual networks made of homogeneous vs heterogeneous
technologies and resources) of the physical data plane to be virtualized.
Cost and Performance Analysis
It is important to study the impact of virtualizing the network functions on the key metrics cost and
performance. This will in turn be the key input to the strategic question of which elements to virtualize in
the network and how. To this end sub-variables such as elasticity, link utilization, portability and processing
overhead need to be identified and evaluated, which will influence the cost and performance. For example,
it needs to be investigated as to how will the virtualisation of a network function and the use of a hypervisor
impact the processing speed compared to a physical network function. The key metrics should be evaluated
depending on the actual use cases that are studied.
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Highlighted in yellow are all topics which are not clear enough (not precise enough, not defined), in blue are all topics
which are possibly redundant, in purple are all topics which are inconsistent in the timeline.
5G requirements
 5G Technical and spectrum
 4G evolution
network (e.g.
for M2M &
 Mix of different
proprietary & standard
technologies such as 2G,
 Mix of different
proprietary and standard
satellite technologies:
FSS9/BSS10 (IP based),
MSS11 (2G and 3G)
 Hybrid broadcast/
broadband (FSS/BSS)
 Backhaul SDN/NFV
 5G intelligent routing
Wireless Subsystem
Air Interface
 Multi carrier on satellite
 Latency/synch
 Cellular/satellite
 Standardisation
 Radio interface
 Radio access and converged
core architectures and
 SDN/NFV Technologies
 D2D
 Field trials and testing
 Standardised radio interface
 Migration to 4G
 Field trials and testing
 Deployment
 New releases
 4G service delivery via
 ETSI/DVB/5GPPP standards
 Early lab demo’s
 5G service delivery via
 Integration of MSS satellite in
the M2M/IoT sensor network
for global coverage
 Ultra small cells
 Immersed radio (massive
multi antenna)
 Radio virtualization
 Complete inter layer/system
 All photonic RF “leaky RF
 Cooperative relays
 Load balancing with
multitude of systems incl.
full device-to-device
 Efficient heterogeneous
 Evolution of existing
 Incorporate satellite air
interface into 5G standard.
 Satellite lab demo’s
 Wireless multiple access
 Advanced modulation and
 Radio resource allocation
 3D Massive MIMO
 Interference mitigation
 Visible light communications
 Extensive use of Cloud RAN
 Ultra high capacity
 Seamless support for device
centric architectures
 Native support for D2D
 Local data caching
 Convergence with satellite
Radio Access Networks
FSS = Fixed Satellite Service
BSS = Broadcast Satellite service
MSS = Mobile Satellite Service
 Integration of M2M and
Cellular systems
 Demo over satellite
 Disruptive new radio
 New waveforms and coding
 Extensive use of advanced
multi-antenna transceivers
 Native support for different
cooperative multi-antenna
transceiver schemes
 Support for realtime broadcast
and multi-cast services, e.g.
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 More accurate channel and
propagation models
Wireless Subsystem
Orbit studies
Frequency bands
Feeder diversity
Integrated terminal
Energy minimisation
Hand overs
 Specify 5G sat architecture
 ESA ITT’s for key elements
 In Orbit tests
 Demo integrated networking
 Terminal prototypes
 IoT terminals
 Dynamic systems (sleep
modes, context awareness)
 Backscatter VLC
 Small cells and D2D
 Indoor deployments and
 Energy-harvesting aware
M2M communication
 Resource and spectrum
sharing between operators
Network virtualisation & software networks
 Satellite co-existence
 Evaluate gains in spectrum
use in satellite
 Ka/Q/V/E bands
 New spectrum above 6 GhZ
 “Critical bandwidth”
wideband fading limitations
 Licenses shared by cooperating operators
 Dynamic spectrum access
location based
 Advanced spectrum handoff
and spectrum mobility
mechanisms regarding
inherent QoS.
 Satellite demo’s in lab
 Satellite spectrum included
in standards
 Regulatory acceptance of
satellite integration
 Serving Gateway
 Packet Data Network
 CloudEPC
 Mobility Management
 Pre-defined function
 Centralized Network
service orchestration
 Billing as a Service
 Terminal virtualization
 Radio and capillary network
functions virtualised
 On demand function
 VPN over virtualized
 APIs for Management and
Data Planes
Network as a
 Automated Flow
 Automated Life Cycle
 Distributed Network service
 Availability of high resolution
3D geographic information for
propagation modelling
 Satellite launch and early tests
 Operational with IoT
 Demo’s on integrated sat/terr
 Wake up radio equipped M2M
 High data rate passive shortrange (femtocell size) M2M
 New Transceiver designs (GaN,
Class S, adaptive)
 Energy efficient medium
access and mobility (Separate
control connectivity, Dual
connectivity, Cell-less systems,
connection-less systems)
 Industry and regulatory body
consensus on leveraging
mmW spectrum for new
broadband mobile radio
 Avoidance of bandwidth
overspreading by means of
seamless routing
 Utilization of large continuous
chunks of spectrum under 90
GHz, e.g. 20-50 GHz
 Dynamic spectrum
management and sharing
(sensing, sharing, trading)
among operators
 New spectrum above 90 GhZ
 Franchised data bases
operation and trials in satellite
 Visible light communication
 Virtual firewalls
 Automated function migration
 Policy driven self-organization
and management
 Automated placement of
virtual firewalls
 Automated management and
monitoring functions
management/ security)
 Freely definable private or
open networks
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 Automated network
PaaS / IaaS
Converged connectivity
 Optimised for OS or
specific hardware platform
 Bare metal hypervisor with
increased hardware support
 Dedicated designed hypervisor
Security Trust
 Centralised trust anchor
 Distributed trust
 Fully Dynamic Trust
 Some network functions
provided in virtualized
environments (NFV)
 Initial deployment of SDNbased transport networks
 Isolation of traffic based
on VLAN-like tagging
 Monitoring of overall
 One core fits all approach
 On-demand function specific
and context-aware core
deployment using shared
transport network
 Basic RAN sharing based
on eNodeB location
sharing among operators
 Static configuration of RAN
splitting among operators
 Decommission of points of
attachment based on static
 Static agreements
between operators based
on SLAs
 Independent networks,
integrated at the level of
interface selection in the
 No switch across
administrative domains
 Content identification and
location are tightly
coupled (e.g., HTTP
information requests)
 Initial implementation of
 Multimedia service
disruption minimized by
buffering, caching and
app-layer control
 Definition of all-virtual core
networks (e.g., vEPC)
 Enablement of automatic
and dynamic connection of
new RAN & Core elements to
the operator network
 Smart monitoring and trend
analysis based on Data
 Definition of new function
specific customized core
 Generic virtualization of
heterogeneous RAN
 SDN at the Wireless
 SDN-based control and
 Interfaces for dynamic
creation and decommission
of virtual points of
 Definition of APIs for
coordination of different
virtualized operator’s cores
over shared RAN and
transport infrastructure
 Unification of network
management control
operating over shared
 Solutions for integrated
mobility management of
multiple technologies at
network level
 Prototypes on Coordinated
multi-owner networks
 Information forwarding
decoupled from specific
storage placing (a-la CDN)
 Multimedia sessions
redirected to network points
of attachments nearer to the
content (e.g., CDNs)
 Supporting mobility for highquality media at any speed on
a worldwide scale
 Flow mobility mechanisms
operating over interfaces
(hardware abstraction
 Fully supported multihoming
 Policy-based, QoE-aware, ABC
with seamless offloading
 Cloudifcation of network
functions will integrate flow
 ABC made feasible by
offloading and IP mobility
management, by multiple
 Complementary access
 On-demand Heterogeneous
generalized RAN sharing
 On-demand deployment of
customized RAN elements
 On the fly sharing of network
infrastructure through
dynamic orchestration of
network functions and
elements belonging to
different operators
 Deployment of integrated
multi-technology networks
 Information uniformly
retrieved by name
 APIs providing information
naming for content
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networks increasingly
require less direct user
 Simulation sat+cellular
 Proprietary solutions per
operator and services
Architectures study
Security evaluation
Hand over evaluation
Applications of integrated
satellite and terrestrial
systems for remote
 6LoWPAN commonly
 First country-wide
IoT/M2M networks,
supporting mobility
mobility mechanisms into
software configurable
networking aspects
 Lab demos’ with services
 Included in standards
 Standardised interfaces
 Prototype Integration with
sensing, service and
reconfigurable networking
Demo’s in lab
Included in standards
Equipment prototypes
Satellite and Terrestrial
Integration at network and
service levels
 Massive m2M deployment
 First trials in opportunistic
routing for D2D in M2M
 5G demo’s in sat+terr domain
 Services operational
 Integrated network, service
and management frameworks
commercially deployed
 5G Demo operation in sat/terr
hybrid network
 Satellite a component for
content dissemination and
ubiquitous connectivity
 IPv6 stacks for IoT & M2M
deployed (Mobile IP)
 QoE for mobile IoT
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R1) Investigate and define disruptive network architectures harnessing all available network
technologies and services to address the 5G challenges.
Reorient traditional efforts to target significantly more complex, diverse, and unstable scenarios
Launch efforts for increased network heterogeneity, looking for (meta-) architectures that can be
evolvable, while retaining optimal advantages of existing solutions under control of different
Design mechanisms to ensure co-existence of virtual networks with existing infrastructure, security
and efficient management of virtualized networks and services
Investigate synergies between SON and Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures and
R2) Investigate, develop and deploy the necessary access, networking (core & transmission) and
virtualization technologies that will drive the advances of 5G system components and meet the KPIs
outlined in Section 2.
Develop scenarios where the control and management planes are increasingly complex and aware of
user and network context, including tailored network behaviour per user and device.
Initiate activity on advanced network and service virtualization to enable efficient RAN & backhaul
sharing as well as efficient integration of satellite and terrestrial domains
Develop technologies that, based on specific services/users/networks contexts, allow dynamic and
flexible creation and operational control of both of virtual networks and the underlying infrastructure
resource container
Allocate/assign new spectrum beyond 6 GHz for meeting the requirements in 5G systems
Develop new radio technologies (scale of channel modelling to small and complex scenarios, access,
multiple antenna schemes, interference handling, etc.), including visible light communication for both
terrestrial and satellite communications
R3) Investigate, formulate and incorporate the driving system-level principles, such as flexibility and
programmability, that will allow for implementing the 5G vision across the developed technologies
Investigate current and future network deployments that allow for network/infrastructure/resource
sharing at all levels
R4) Investigate, formulate, and foster the right business models for 5G systems that allow for a virtuous
cycle of investment across the entire existing value chain as well as possible new ones
Investigate the impact of virtualizing the network functions on cost and performance
R5) Engage with the wider stakeholder community through efforts like roadshows, common test beds,
joint (co-)developments and early deployment efforts, and others.
R6) Investigate the right policy and standardization framework for managing networked assets,
spectrum as well as computing resources to foster the truly cross-value-chain collaboration in 5G.
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Open Issues
The following list of issues (among others) has been created for a wider discussion within the community:
1. Do you see missing connectivity research priorities in the 2015-2020 timeframe?
2. In your opinion, how should the domain of 'wireless', ‘cellular’ and 'satellite' be presented in the
context of 5G ? What level of integration should we have between these worlds (e.g., service level,
air interface level…)? Are there any specific research priorities that should be kept separate between
satellite and cellular?
3. Currently the impact of 5G research and innovation projects on future standards is envisioned
mainly for wireless systems. Do you foresee big impacts on standards in other domains? If yes,
please precise, which domains and why.
4. What are your views on the timelines of the following topics: Device to Device, Internet of Things,
convergence between satellite and cellular networks, Visible Light Communication, cloudEPC,
integrated multi-technology networks? More precisely, when do you foresee standardization efforts,
demos from industrial players and trials with end users? Do not hesitate to decompose the topics in
smaller items to be more precise in your views.
5. Among the topics which are in the roadmap, which ones should lead to Research & Innovation
projects in 2016-2017 in your opinion? Please precise the maturity you foresee in 2016-2017 for
each topic (technologies development, system definition, pre standardisation, industrial demo, field
6. Do you feel that important milestones should be defined that complement the roadmap in Section
4? If so, what are the particular targets for these milestones, e.g., the demonstration of innovative
networking features at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea and 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan or
the fulfilment of important KPIs by parts of the overall 5G system?
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