Call for paper – IEEE ICC 2019 workshop 5G-Trials – From 5G Experiments to Business Validation

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On 14 June 2018, 3GPP rolled out the standalone (SA) version of the 5G standard. 5G has now moved to the trial phase. In no later than two years from now, we expect to see first deployments of commercial 5G systems. While the 5G standard is in place, the challenge to bring the 5G into business remains huge. Particularly, 5G aims to natively support enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communication (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) services over the same infrastructure. This brings enormous opportunities for many vertical sectors, just to list a few, automobile, industry automation, media, and health, to expand and renew their business models. To allow the coexistence of services of such very different nature, 5G has systematically introduced innovations from spectrum access, air interface, system architecture, network function virtualization in radio and core network, end-to-end network slicing, security, privacy, to service orchestration etc. All new features and functions need to be thoroughly tested and optimized before the commercial rollout of 5G networks. It is essential to test 5G features in realistic environments, identifying and solving coverage, interoperability, compatibility and service provisioning problems, and to ensure that 5G can meet the requirements of the various vertical sectors. In particular support of vertical sector services will need new measurement and test methods. The deployment of densified 5G networks for multi-tenant services will need new network planning and network optimization methods. Due to the complexity of 5G systems, many practical and theoretical challenges will need to be verified and solved during 5G trials.

This workshop aims at providing a venue for industry, operators, verticals and academics to disseminate new findings regarding 5G trials and new business developments. The workshop accepts not only test results from trials, but also theoretical results based on realistic deployment schemes and new 5G business models. The targeted topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

5G trial development
5G trial cases and results
5G testbed implementation
New test technologies

5G spectrum evaluation
Spectrum management

Verticals and new services
Applications of mMTC
Applications of URLLC
New / innovative services enabled by 5G

Measurement and evaluation
5G new radio
Radio access network
Core network
NFV/SDN implementation
Network slicing
D2D communications
Mobile edge computing
Test result analysis
End-to-end performance optimization

Network deployment and optimization
5G network planning
Network deployment optimization


Workshop Organizers

Workshop Chairs:
Uwe Herzog, EURESCOM, Germany
Chih-Lin I, China Mobile, China
Latif Ladid, University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg

Workshop TPC Chairs:
Tao Chen, VTT, Finland
Wei Deng, China Mobile, China
Klaus Moessner, University of Surrey, UK
Huiling Zhu, University of Kent, UK

Publicity Chair:
Kai Zhang, Martel GmbH, Switzerland

Technical Programme Commitee:
George Agapiou, OTE, Greece
Maurizio Cecchi, Telecom Italia, Italy
Ioannis Chochliouros, OTE, Greece
Mikael Fallgren, Ericson, Sweden
Jaime Ferragut, JRC, Italy
Xiaohe Ge, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Nathan Gomes, Univ. of Kent, UK
Pål Gronsund, Telenor, Norway
Jesus Gutierrez, IHP, Germany
Seppo Horsmanheimo, VTT, Finland
Xi Li, NEC Europe, Germany
Marja Matinmikko, Univ. of Oulu, Finland
Navid Nikaein, EURECOM, France
Emmanuoil Kafetzakis, Orion, Greece
Adrian Kliks, Poznan University of Technology
Alexandros Kostopoulos, OTE, Greece
Harilaos Koumaras, NCSR Demokritos, Greece
Tasos Kourtis, NCSR Demokritos, Greece
Slawomir Kuklinski, Orange, Poland
Matti Kutila, VTT, Finland
Emmanuel Pollakis, BMW, Germany
Christoph Schmelz, Nokia, Germany
Ridha Soua, Univ. of Luxemburg, Luxemburg
Olav Tirkkonen, Aalto University, Finland
Christos Verikoukis, CTTC, Spain
Jiangzhou Wang, University of Kent, UK
Yue Wang, Samsung R&D, UK
Fangmin Xu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Jianhua Zhang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China


Important dates

15 January 2019: Paper submission deadline
16 February 2019: Paper acceptance notification
16 March 2019: Camera ready submitted

Paper submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical contributions for presentation at the workshop and publication in the IEEE ICC 2019 Proceedings and IEEE Xplore.  All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font) including figures without incurring additional page charges (maximum 1 additional page with over length page charge for an additional fee, if accepted) in the standard IEEE two-column conference format. For more information on submission, please refer to


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