The following letter was received from Dr Nigel Jefferies, Chairman of the Wireless World Research Forum:
Getting involved in the specification of 5G – the next generation of mobile networks
The next phase in the development of mobile networks is already under way with the 5G initiative. The
established 5G requirements include greater capacity, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness with research
currently being conducted into those areas, and also into very low latency, ultra-reliable and ultra-dense
networks. Device-to-device and rural coverage are also important factors in the design of the new 5G
Initial rollout of 5G networks is not expected until around 2020, but as part of the development work, users’
requirements are now being collected for any parties with an interest in using the 5G mobile network.
The WWRF (World Wireless Research Forum) plays a pivotal role in driving forward and supporting aspects of
the 5G work. In particular, WWRF is setting up new Working Groups (WGs) for specific Vertical Industry
Platforms (VIPs). As of early January 2016, work is underway to get a Connected Car VIP launched and work
has commenced on a 5G Health Technologies and Wearables VIP.
Over this year WWRF would like to set up other VIP WGs including one for the Water Industry. This would give
Water companies and vendors from all over the world the chance to advance their requirements for the 5G
network and to influence the technology which is being developed.
Currently WWRF have planned a 5G Huddle in London late in April. This will be an opportunity for major
players in the 5G development to meet and discuss the current position of the 5G standard. Prior to that we
hope to have the Water VIP WG formed.
This is your chance to influence the design of the next major mobile communications generation, something
which will inevitably play into your organisations’ communications and telemetry strategy over the coming
years. If you would like your voice to be heard in this process, please contact WWRF through me (either
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
With best wishes,
Dr Nigel Jefferies,
Wireless World Research Forum contact @wwrf.ch
c/o Format A AG www.wwrf.ch
5 Zürich, Switzerland