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Seven fundamental rethinking for next-generation wireless communications

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Chih-Lin I, China Mobile Research Institute, People's Republic of China, icl@chinamobile.com
 
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Chih-Lin I (2017), "Seven fundamental rethinking for next-generation wireless communications", APSIPA Transactions on Signal and Information Processing: Vol. 6: No. 1, e10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ATSIP.2017.11

Publication Date: 20 Sep 2017
© 2017 Chih-Lin I
 
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5GUser-centric networkSoftware-defined air interface
 

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In this article:
I. INTRODUCTION 
II. RETHINK SHANNON 
III. RETHINK RING AND YOUNG 
IV. RETHINK SIGNALING AND CONTROL 
V. RETHINK ANTENNAS 
VI. RETHINK SPECTRUM AND AIR INTERFACE 
VII. RETHINK PROTOCOL STACK 
VIII. RETHINK FH 
IX. CONCLUSIONS 

Abstract

The fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication networks, which are anticipated to be soft, green, and super-fast, may possibly be deployed in 2020s to satisfy the challenging demands of mobile communication in various scenarios. Characterized by a mixed set of key performance indicators like data rates, latency, mobility, energy efficiency, and traffic density, 5G services demand a fundamental revolution on the end to end network architecture and key technologies design. Toward a “soft, green, and super-fast” 5G, this paper presents seven innovative 5G R&D themes of China Mobile, including: (1) rethinking Shannon to start a green journey on wireless systems; (2) rethinking Ring and Young for no more “cells”; (3) rethinking signaling and control to make network applications aware and load aware; (4) rethinking antennas to make base stations invisible via SmarTiles; (5) rethinking spectrum and air interface to enable wireless signals to “dress for the occasion”; (6) rethinking fronthaul (FH) to enable Soft RAN via next-generation FH interface; and (7) rethinking the protocol stack for flexible configurations of diversified access points and optimal baseband function split between the base band unit pool and the Remote Radio Systems.

DOI:10.1017/ATSIP.2017.11