MDPI Sensors Special Issue “Advances in 5G Wireless Communication Networks: The Path to 6G”
5G mobile network deployments are currently ongoing worldwide, while research and standardization continues to improve certain 5G features and limitations. Current standardization efforts for 3GPP release 18 (5G-Advanced) represents a major evolution in 5G, including enhancements in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and extended reality, which will enable highly intelligent network solutions that can support a wider variety of use cases than ever before. Based on previous knowledge and current trends, a new mobile network generation (6G) is expected around 2030, to address the new and evolving communication requirements of a fast-moving world. 6G is expected to include improved radio technologies probably at higher frequencies, enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques, expanded Internet of Things (IoT) networks, etc. Recent discussions refer to the path towards 6G as an evolution of 5G, proposing different approaches. This Special Issue aims at including a set of papers that identify these approaches, providing a fruitful field for thinking and debating.
Special Issue topics include but are not limited to:
- Radio transmissions at very high frequencies;
- Spectrum sharing;
- Enhanced mobility support;
- AI and ML towards 6G;
- RAN and network management;
- Ultra-reliable, low-latency communications;
- Beamforming and MIMO advancements;
- Advanced network designs for edge and cloud computing;
- Enhancements for extended reality.