Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Convergence of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks for 5G-and-Beyond Communications: Applications, Architecture, and Resource Management


Publishing date
01 Dec 2018
Status
Published
Submission deadline
03 Aug 2018

1Kookmin University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

2Qualcomm Technologies Inc., San Diego, USA

3Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

4National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan

5Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain


Convergence of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks for 5G-and-Beyond Communications: Applications, Architecture, and Resource Management

Description

Evolving fifth-generation- (5G-) and-beyond communication networks are envisioned to provide services with massive connectivity, ultrahigh data rate, ultralow latency, much improved security, very low energy consumption, and outstanding quality of experience (QoE). Not only will 5G-and-beyond communication systems be more advanced, but they are also expected to be more complex in comparison with legacy systems. To this end, researchers are focusing on the development of such communication systems, which are envisaged to be fully available for the users by 2020. To achieve the goals of 5G-and-beyond communication systems, convergence of the heterogeneous wireless technologies has emerged as one of the key solutions. This entails convergence of not only the radio frequency (RF) technologies, but also the optical and RF/optical wireless technologies. The optical spectrum is considered as an emerging solution for the development of future high capacity optical wireless communication (OWC) networks. It offers unique advantages, such as huge unregulated optical spectrum and inherent security. Therefore, future networks are anticipated to adopt a multitier RF/optical architecture comprising macrocells, microcells, different types of licensed small cells, optical attocells, OWC networks, and relays.

The future 5G-and-beyond systems, instead of being a single wireless access network, will be a “network of networks.” The seamless integration among heterogeneous wireless, optical, and RF/optical wireless networks, demands paradigm shifts in such a way that different networks collaborate with each other so as to achieve the desired goals of the 5G-and-beyond communications. In order to attain full convergence of the heterogeneous networks, many technical issues need to be resolved.

This special issue calls for high-quality unpublished research works on recent advances related to heterogeneous networks convergence issues of the 5G-and-beyond communication systems. Contributions may present and solve open research problems and integrate efficient novel solutions, performance evaluation, and comparison with existing solutions. Theoretical as well as experimental studies for typical and newly emerging convergence technologies and use cases enabled by recent advances in wireless and/or optical networks are encouraged. High-quality review papers are also welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Recent advances in convergence networks
  • Multitier heterogeneous networks convergence
  • Indoor RF/optical convergence
  • RF/optical convergence in V2X communications
  • Wireless networks convergence in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • Load balancing using convergence networks
  • Licensed/unlicensed spectrum technology convergence
  • Softwarization and caching for convergence networks
  • Software defined solutions for ultra-dense heterogeneous networks convergence
  • Resource sharing in convergence networks
  • Mobility management and handover control in convergence networks
  • Detection/localization/positioning/navigation based on networks convergence
  • Integration of satellite and terrestrial networks for 5G and beyond
  • Interface selection in convergence networks
  • Ultra-dense heterogeneous networks convergence

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2578784
  • - Editorial

Convergence of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks for 5G-and-Beyond Communications: Applications, Architecture, and Resource Management

Mostafa Zaman Chowdhury | Md Jahidur Rahman | ... | Juan Carlos Cano
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3170694
  • - Research Article

Efficient Content Delivery for Mobile Communications in Converged Networks

Mahfuzur Rahman Bosunia | Seong-Ho Jeong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2870518
  • - Research Article

Fuzzy Based Network Assignment and Link-Switching Analysis in Hybrid OCC/LiFi System

Moh. Khalid Hasan | Mostafa Zaman Chowdhury | ... | Yeong Min Jang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2797824
  • - Research Article

Exploiting Opportunistic Scheduling for Physical-Layer Security in Multitwo User NOMA Networks

Kyusung Shim | Beongku An
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 4143061
  • - Research Article

Threshold Secret Sharing Transmission against Passive Eavesdropping in MIMO Wireless Networks

Jungho Myung | Keunyoung Kim | Taehong Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7680780
  • - Research Article

An Implementation Approach and Performance Analysis of Image Sensor Based Multilateral Indoor Localization and Navigation System

Md. Shahjalal | Md. Tanvir Hossan | ... | Yeong Min Jang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9349824
  • - Research Article

Network-Assisted Optimal Datalink Selection Scheme for Heterogeneous Aeronautical Network

Dongli Wang | Guoce Huang | ... | Weiting Gao
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