It is often neglected, in discussions of 5G mobile communications, that a great deal remains to be done in terms of setting international standards and selecting common technologies; a great deal of the work that is announced as “5G”, although well-informed, is still to some extent speculative.
The meeting in China is the first of the ITU-R Working Party 5D following the decision of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) to identify and harmonise spectrum for operation of IMT systems in frequency bands below 6 GHz. WRC-15 also requested ITU-R to study potential use of additional spectrum above 6 GHz for IMT, and the results of those studies will be considered at the next WRC in 2019.
The ITU says it is continuing to work closely with administrations, network operators, equipment manufacturers and national and regional standardisation organisations to include today’s 5G research and development activities in the IMT-2020 global standard for mobile broadband communications.
“Following additional spectrum allocations for mobile during the World Radiocommunication Conference in late 2015, ITU is continuing to work in close collaboration with governments and the global mobile industry to make rapid progress in bringing the vision of IMT-2020 to fruition,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “Future steps in 5G mobile technology are aimed at a new paradigm of connectivity among people and things in a smart, networked environment encompassing big data, applications, transport systems and urban centres.”
This successful collaboration of the ITU membership brought together a large number of participants and experts to take forward the work on IMT-2020 and the coordination of the international standardisation for 5G systems.
“5G has already become the research and development focus of global industry,” said Mr Liu Lihua, Vice Minister, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of the People’s Republic of China. “The development of IMT-2020 is speeding up and the ITU-R WP5D is playing a key role in international