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Int'l Telecommunication Union sets up vision on 5G development

GENEVA, Oct. 30 — The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Thursday set up a vision for the development of 5G mobile, in a bid to provide lightning speed, omnipresent, ultra-reliable mobile communications in the short future.

The "IMT-2020" vision, endorsed by a resolution in ITU's Radiocommunication Assembly, established overall "vision" for 5G systems, along with the goals, process and timeline for its development, is now in place.

The detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G will be developed, in close collaboration with industry and national and regional standards organizations, following the stringent timelines defined by ITU.

"The new ITU-R Resolution sets the stage for the future development of 5G mobile technologies," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Mobile communication has seen revolutionary developments and growth in recent years. New demands, including applications requiring very high data rate communications, many more devices with diverse service requirements, will require an increasing number of innovative solutions.

The new 5G specifications will facilitate not only infotainment applications in shopping malls and at large public gatherings, where a large number of handsets and devices could be in use concurrently in a high data traffic situation, but also support professional use among the police, fire brigade and ambulance services using public communication networks.

ITU said that recognizing that a connected society in the years beyond 2020 will need to accommodate a similar user experience for end-users regardless of whether they are on the move or stationary, the new 5G standards aim at maintaining high quality service at high mobility, enabling the successful deployment of applications on a moving platform, such as in cars or high-speed trains. (PNA/Xinhua)

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