Future wireless cellular networks are envisioned to not only enhance broadband access for human-centric applications, but also offer massive connectivity across tens of billions of devices for machine-centric applications empowered by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies (e.g., smart factory and smart city). To embrace the forthcoming era of IoT, the fifth-generation (5G) cellular communication standard has already identified massive machine-type communications (mMTC) as a key use case in future networks. Contrary to human-type high-speed communications, the focus of IoT communications is on providing connectivity to tens of billions of devices with high energy efficiency, low latency, and high reliability. Consequently, 5G and beyond cellular communication technologies call for radically innovative solutions to support mMTC. Motivated by the crucial role of mMTC in IoT and the dramatically new challenges arising from mMTC as compared to human-type communication, this Feature Topic aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners, and individuals working on the related areas to share their new ideas, latest findings, and state-of-the-art results.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering