The IEEE Technical Activities Board, under its Future Directions Program, has started the 5G Initiative to foster the development of a worldwide community of professionals in industry, academia, and government working to solve the challenges associated with 5G. 5G is the next generation wireless network technology that is expected to significantly increase data speeds, produce ultra-low latency times, support the connection of many more devices, and increase energy efficiency of the network elements. Some future applications that will require the characteristics of 5G include Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication
Autonomous vehicles, Remote health services and health care monitoring, Augmented and virtual reality, Smart cities and smart homes, Industrial automation and Device interconnection (IoT). In 2017, the IEEE 5G Initiative has started as its first activity a roadmapping activity to help guide the community to work together, identify drivers and technology needs, etc. to accelerate the successful adoption of 5G technology. Since we at pre-standards for 5G (IMT-2020), the inclusion of researchers, academics, and industry are important to both share their results, to participate in setting standards and to identify and help solve technical challenges. In terms of components advancements, there will need to be dramatic improvements in semiconductors, antenna, beamformers, and advanced packaging to support low-cost high performance 5G Radio Transceivers for base transceiver station (BTS) and user equipment (UE) for mobile and fixed wireless applications. The Technology Roadmap which will identify short (~3 years), mid-term (~5 years) and long-term (~10 years) research, innovation and technology trends in the communications ecosystem. This will enable the development of a concrete innovation and engagement roadmap guiding the IEEE community towards maximum impact contributions across its societies, and in conjunction with its demand-side as well as the wider industry and standards ecosystem. The outcome shall be a live document with a clear set of (accountable) recommendations; the document shall be updated annually and be developed in conjunction with the other working groups. The status of the Roadmap activity will be described and invitation presented to the community to join in this activity.