Telecom industry body ITU today it has established the roadmap for developing 5G. Work on 5G will be conducted under the name of IMT-2020.
Goals for 5G were finalized at a meeting of ITU-R Working Party 5D in San Diego, California. ITU has defined the goals, process and timeline for the development of 5G mobile systems.
The ITU meeting also agreed that the 5G work will be conducted 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 3G and 4G mobile systems.
As part of the next step, ITU will establish detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G and specify the evaluation criteria for assessment of candidate radio interface technologies to join the IMT-2020 family.
The ITU-R Radiocommunication Assembly, which meets in October 2015, is expected to formally adopt the term IMT-2020 and its future goals.
“The buzz in the industry on 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.