IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity

11th International Workshop on Evolutional Technologies & Ecosystems for 5G Phase II (WDN-5G)

11th International Workshop on Evolutional Technologies & Ecosystems for 5G Phase II (WDN-5G)

SCOPE:

Current research efforts on 5G Radio Access Networks (RAN) strongly focus on millimeter-wave (mmWave) access for addressing a critical weakness of deployed cellular systems, i.e. the capacity to realize enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services, as discussed at the World Radio-communication Conference 2015 (WRC-2015). Forseeing a new market, the FCC in US also opened up in total nearly 11 GHz of spectrum above 27.5 GHz to 5G, including unlicensed spectrum at 64-71 GHz. Aside, mmWave technologies have reached a significant degree of maturity and their state-of-the-art products, operated in the 60GHz unlicensed band, are already in the market. Wireless engineers and business planners now consider how to efficiently introduce and operate mmWave in 5G and beyond, where the answers to the question depend on scenarios/use cases/services to be deployed. For example, the forthcoming 5G Phase II, taken care by the planned 3GPP Release 16, is particularly interested to a new class of services called ultra High Speed Low Latency Communications (uHSLLC) e.g. mmWave V2X. To realize such requirements, it is essential to combine mmWave with Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), a technology allocating storage and computation resources at the edge of the network to reduce latency. However, how to combine them effectively has not been fully discussed, especially for critical applications of strict latency constraints foreseen in 5G networks. Another critical issue in terms of cost is how to backhauling the mmWave smallcell networks, knowing that it is impossible to provide Gigabit Ethernet backhaul everywhere. One of the soluction is to introduce selfbackhauling technique using mmWave in combination with Software Defined Network (SDN) technology to reduce OPEX/CAPEX. However, detailed discussions e.g. interference management or implementation issues should be investigated thoroughly in practice. The main objective of the workshop is to offer an opportunity for academic and industrial researchers to discuss on evolutional technologies and killer ecosystems for the realization of 5G Phase II, taking into account the combination of mmWave and MEC, under the support of MEC/SDN technologies.