ITU launches ‘Network 2030’ initiative to support emerging technologies and innovation looking beyond 5G advances

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), has launched a new research initiative to identify emerging and future ICT sector network demands, beyond 2030 and the advances expected of IMT-2020 (5G) systems. This work will be carried out by the newly established ITU Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030, which is open to all interested parties. This open research group will guide post-2030 global vision, innovation and standards for fixed and wireless network systems.

The ITU Focus Group aims to guide the global ICT community in developing a "Network 2030" vision for future ICT’s and it will examine how emerging technologies can enhance network capabilities to meet the demands of 5G systems and future innovations thus including new concepts, new architecture, new protocols – and new solutions – that are fully backward compatible, so as to support both existing and new applications.

The ICT use cases will span new media such as holograms, a new generation of augmented and virtual reality applications, and high-precision communications for 'tactile' and 'haptic' applications in need of processing a very high volume of data in near real-time – extremely high throughput and low latency.

Emphasizing this need, the focus group's chairman, Richard Li, Huawei, said, "This Focus Group will look at new media, new services and new architectures. Holographic type communications will have a big part to play in the industry, agriculture, education, entertainment – and in many other fields. Supporting such capabilities will call for very high throughput in the range of hundreds of gigabits per second or even higher."

’’And 5G is not the end of the story, Network 2030 will be a new horizon for the future digital society and the Focus Group will create a vision for networks in the year 2030 by drawing on past developments and analyzing emerging technologies’’, adds Dr. Richard Li,Huawei.

“In the last 20 years, web-based applications, multimedia and apps on our smartphones are dominating our network industry,and in the next 10 years, 5G will become a reality. The market will be driven by enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine-type communications, and optimal, reliable and low-latency communications. The focus group will look past these developments to consider future advancements,’’ says Richard Li.

The ITU Focus Group on Technologies for 'Network 2030' is co-chaired by Verizon's Mehmet Toy, Rostelecom's Alexey Borodin, China Telecom's Yuan Zhang, Yutaka Miyake from KDDI Research, and is coordinated through ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector – which works with ITU's 193 Member States and more than 800 industry and academic members to establish international standards for emerging ICT innovations.

The ITU Focus Group reports to and will inform a new phase of work of the ITU standardization expert group for 'Future Networks' – Study Group 13. It will also strengthen and leverage collaborative relationships with and among other standards development organizations including: The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Data Communications (ACM SIGCOMM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc).

About ITU: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the largest international telecommunication union in the world, is a specialized agency of the United Nations Organization, which deals with international coordination of different telecommunication systems, radio frequency distribution, as well as development of telephone and data transfer system standards. ITU includes 193 member states with more than 700 members, including, regulators, universities, research and development institutions, international and regional organizations, as well as leading telecommunication, internet, broadcasting, satellite, software and IT companies. Just in Europe in general there have joined 44 member states, unifying companies, organizations and representatives of academic environment.


August 17, 2018


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