Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Emerging Small Cell Wireless Technologies for 5G: Architectures and Applications


1Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Khulna, Bangladesh

2University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan

3Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin, Ireland

4Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu, Republic of Korea

5University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Emerging Small Cell Wireless Technologies for 5G: Architectures and Applications


5th Generation (5G) is the next step of mobile telecommunication standards. It will offer new services with ultrahigh system capacity, ultralow latency, massive device connectivity, ultrahigh security, ultralow energy consumption, and extremely high quality of experience (QoE). Researchers all over the world are focusing on the development of 5G communication systems, aiming to be fully available for the users by 2020. This era of wireless communication will bring new exclusive network technologies and service capabilities. Small cell network technologies will be the key driver for the 5G communication. It is expected that 5G communication will consist of ultradense heterogeneous small cell networks. The use of the traditional radio frequency- (RF-) based wireless communication is being saturated to meet the demand of 5G. Hence, researchers are searching for new spectrum for wireless communication. The optical spectrum (infrared, visible light, and ultraviolet) is considered a promising solution for the development of future high density and high capacity optical wireless communication (OWC) networks. The OWC offers unique advantages such as huge unregulated bandwidth and inherent security. Therefore, the coexistence of RF based omnidirectional and OWC based directional small cells will be the excellent approach for the targeted multitier ultradense heterogeneous networks in 5G.

This special issue calls for high-quality and unpublished research papers on recent advances mainly in emerging small cell wireless technologies that are expected to meet the requirement of the 5G communication systems. Contributions may present and solve open research problems, integrate novel solutions efficiently, focus on the performance evaluation, and compare with existing standards. Theoretical as well as experimental studies for typical and newly emerging small cell wireless technologies use cases enabled by recent advances in wireless networks are encouraged. High-quality review papers are also welcomed.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Optical wireless communication (OWC)
  • Visible light communication (VLC)
  • Optical camera communication (OCC)
  • Light-fidelity (LiFi)
  • RF small cell networks
  • V2X communications
  • Small cell based applications and services
  • Coexistence of optical and RF based wireless technologies
  • Traffic offloading in multitier heterogeneous networks
  • Convergence of small cells with higher-tier networks
  • Spectrum allocation and management
  • Interference management for ultradense small cell networks
  • Quality of service (QoS)/quality of experience (QoE) constraints
  • Integration of emerging OWC standards with existing RF standards


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8969264
  • - Editorial

Emerging Small Cell Wireless Technologies for 5G: Architectures and Applications

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9353428
  • - Research Article

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Md. Tanvir Hossan | Mostafa Zaman Chowdhury | ... | Yeong Min Jang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5981659
  • - Research Article

Downlink Linear Precoders Based on Statistical CSI for Multicell MIMO-OFDM

Ebrahim Baktash | Chi-Heng Lin | ... | Mahmood Karimi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5709367
  • - Research Article

Diversity-Multiplexing-Nulling Trade-Off Analysis of Multiuser MIMO System for Intercell Interference Coordination

Jinwoo Kim | Chung G. Kang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5203053
  • - Research Article

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Jai-Eun Kim | Youn-Hee Kim | ... | Ki-Doo Kim
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  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9625687
  • - Research Article

Reliability-Centric Analysis of Offloaded Computation in Cooperative Wearable Applications

Aleksandr Ometov | Dmitry Kozyrev | ... | Yevgeni Koucheryavy
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  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2865482
  • - Research Article

Relay Positioning Strategy for Traffic Data Collection of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using Hybrid Optimization Systems: A FANET-Based Case Study

José Jailton | Tassio Carvalho | ... | Renato Francês
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