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ITU defines vision and roadmap for 5G mobile development
Future mobile technologies usher in new paradigms for connected society
Geneva, 19 June 2015 – ITU has established the overall roadmap for the
development of 5G mobile and defined the term it will apply to it as “IMT-2020”.
With the finalization of its work on the “Vision” for 5G systems at a meeting
of ITU-R Working Party 5D in San Diego, California, ITU has now defined the
overall goals, process and timeline for the development of 5G mobile systems.
This process is now well underway within ITU, in close collaboration with
governments and the global mobile industry.
The meeting also agreed that the work should be conducted under the name of
IMT-2020, as an extension of the ITU’s existing family of global standards for
International Mobile Telecommunication systems (IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced) which
serve as the basis for all of today’s 3G and 4G mobile systems.
The next step is to establish detailed technical performance requirements for
the radio systems to support 5G, taking into account the needs of a wide
portfolio of future scenarios and use cases, and then to specify the evaluation
criteria for assessment of candidate radio interface technologies to join the
IMT-2020 family. These new systems, set to become available in 2020, will usher
in new paradigms in connectivity in mobile broadband wireless systems to
support, for example, extremely high definition video services, real time low
latency applications and the expanding realm of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The ITU-R Radiocommunication Assembly, which meets in October 2015, is
expected to formally adopt the term “IMT-2020”.
“The buzz in the industry on future steps in mobile technology – 5G – has
seen a sharp increase, with attention now focused on enabling a seamlessly
connected society in the 2020 timeframe and beyond that brings together people
along with things, data, applications, transport systems and cities in a smart
networked communications environment,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
“ITU will continue its partnership with the global mobile industry and
governmental bodies to bring IMT-2020 to realization.”
Ongoing information on the development of IMT-2020 will be available
For more information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
Communication Officer, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau