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Systems and Networks for 5G Implementation

This Special Issue originates from the international conference EuCNC 2018 (European Conference on Networks and Communications), which will be held in June 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Chairs of the conference will select the best papers, and will subsequently invite the authors to submit an extended version of their paper, by at least one third of their length, for possible consideration in the Special Issue. The top papers will be included in the Special Issue, in order to fulfil its purpose. The Call for Papers for the conference has already been disseminated through the EuCNC 2018 website, as well as through social media platforms and several e-mails reflectors, reaching a wide international global audience. The main target is to collect and present quality research contributions in the most recent 5G activities. Through this Special Issue, the state-of-the-art will be presented and the new challenges will be highlighted, regarding the latest advances on system radio interfaces and network architectures, including cloud and virtualisation solutions, management technologies, and vertical application areas, among others, suitable for various 5G industries. Therefore, the motivation for this Special Issue is to present the latest and finest results on 5G research and prototyping activities, coming, but not exclusively (since EuCNC is a conference open to the whole research community), from projects co-financed by the European Commission within its R&D programmes.

Edited by Mojca Volk, Mihael Mohorčič, and Luis M. Correia

  1. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is one of the vertical sectors that will benefit from 5G communication systems, but today, these systems are still dominated by technologies such as ZigBee and WiFi. An M...

    Authors: Sumit Kumar, Florian Kaltenberger, Alejandro Ramirez and Bernhard Kloiber

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:224

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  2. A suitability assessment and performance optimisation is presented of narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) cellular technology for use in smart energy distribution networks. The focus is on the reliable and ...

    Authors: Varun Nair, Remco Litjens and Haibin Zhang

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:186

    Content type: Research

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  3. This paper proposes the concept of compute resource disaggregation in centralized softwarised radio access networks. This approach allows individual allocation of processing functions to different servers depe...

    Authors: Nikolaos Gkatzios, Markos Anastasopoulos, Anna Tzanakaki and Dimitra Simeonidou

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:183

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  4. Biased user association is a promising load balancing approach in 5G heterogeneous networks due to its effectiveness in offloading users from macro base stations (BSs) to small cell BSs. However, users that ar...

    Authors: Tareq M. Shami, David Grace, Alister Burr and John S. Vardakas

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:177

    Content type: Research

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  5. Precise location information will play an important role in 5G networks, their applications and services, especially in indoor environments. Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology offers exceptional temporal resoluti...

    Authors: Klemen Bregar, Roman Novak and Mihael Mohorčič

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:173

    Content type: Research

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  6. Future large-scale network function virtualization (NFV) environments will be based on hundreds or even thousands of NFV infrastructure installations, the so called points of presence (PoP). All their resource...

    Authors: Manuel Peuster, Michael Marchetti, Gerardo García de Blas and Holger Karl

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:172

    Content type: Research

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  7. Network slicing is a fundamental feature of 5G systems that allows the partitioning of a single network into a number of segregated logical networks, each optimized for a particular type of service, or dedicat...

    Authors: R. Ferrús, O. Sallent, J. Pérez-Romero and R. Agustí

    Citation: EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2019 2019:167

    Content type: Research

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