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