Draft new ITU-R report: Functions of IMT (4G, 5G) for Particular Societal, Industrial and Enterprise Usages

Introduction and Name for Contributions:

A preliminary new ITU-R draft report M.[imt.industry] addresses the utilization, technical and operational elements and capabilities of IMT for assembly particular wants of societal, industrial and enterprise usages.  ITU-R WP 5D invitations the views of Exterior Organizations (Together with 3GPP TSG SA WG 6 (SA6)) concerned in standardization and improvement of functions of IMT to supply industrial and enterprise usages and functions, required capabilities, technical and operational elements and some other associated materials that might facilitate in completion of this Report.

Exterior organizations could want to present info on the related work as indicated in Query ITU-R 262/5. Exterior Organizations are invited to submit materials ideally to the fortieth assembly of WP 5D however no later than forty first assembly of WP 5D which is deliberate for 13-24 June 2022.

ITU-R WP 5D appears ahead to collaborating with Exterior Organizations on this matter.


ITU-R Report M.2441, revealed in 2018, supplied an preliminary compilation of utilization of IMT in particular functions. Additional, it introduces potential new rising functions of IMT in areas past conventional voice, knowledge and leisure kind communications as envisaged within the imaginative and prescient for IMT-2020. PPDR, one of many particular functions of IMT is addressed in Report ITU-R M.2291.

This report has been developed in response to Query ITU-R 262/5 which calls upon ITU-R to review particular industrial and enterprise functions, their rising usages, and their functionalities, that could be supported by IMT.

At this time’s industrial automation is powered by ICT know-how and this pattern will enhance manifold with creation of recent broadband cell applied sciences resembling IMT-2020 (5G), resulting in elevated enterprise efficiencies, improved security, and enhanced market agility. Trade 4.0 permits industries to fuse bodily with digital processes by connecting all sensors and actuators, machines and employees in probably the most versatile manner out there. Tethering them to a wired community infrastructure is dear and, in the end, it’s going to restrict the attainable functions of Trade 4.0. Industrial grade non-public wi-fi will unleash its actual potential by offering probably the most versatile and cost-effective solution to implement a variety of Trade 4.0 functions.

Present IT based mostly automation options are effectively tailored for day-to-day enterprise communications however are restricted in reliability, safety, predictable efficiency, multiuser capability and mobility, all options that are required for operational functions which are enterprise or mission important. Equally, functions in mines, port terminals or airports require massive protection space, low latency and difficult environments, which thus far solely two-way mission important radios might meet. In each mining and port terminals, remotely operated, autonomous automobiles, resembling vans, cranes and straddle carriers are used requiring extremely dependable mission important cell communications.

Take manufacturing, with hundreds of factories with greater than 100 staff, for example, typical enterprise circumstances revolve round controlling the manufacturing course of, enhancing materials administration, enhancing security, and introducing new instruments. Analysis has proven that producers can count on to see a tenfold enhance of their returns on funding (ROIs) with IMT-2020, whereas warehouse house owners can count on a staggering fourteenfold enhance in ROI. Happily, IMT-2020 is accessible in configurations completely suited to constructing industrial-strength non-public wi-fi networks to help Trade 4.0. They carry the very best options of wi-fi and cable connectivity and have confirmed their capabilities each in massive shopper cell networks space in addition to in lots of industrial segments. The time is ripe for a lot of industries to leverage non-public and captive IMT-2020 to extend efficiencies and automation. In easy phrases –

(i) A non-public community is a devoted community of the enterprise involving connections of the folks, techniques and processes of the enterprise.

(ii) A non-public community is a devoted community by the enterprise setup internally within the enterprise by inside IT groups or outsourced.

(iii) A non-public community is a devoted community for the enterprise to allow communication infrastructure for the techniques and folks related to the enterprise.

The emergence of ultrafast IMT-2020 know-how in increased (mmWave) frequency bands as effectively offers producers with the much-needed dependable connectivity options, enabling important communications for wi-fi management of machines and manufacturing robots, and this may unlock the complete potential of Trade 4.0.

Aside from manufacturing, many different industries are additionally taking a look at IMT-2020 because the spine for his or her equal of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The chance to deal with industrial connectivity wants of a spread of industries embody numerous segments with numerous wants, resembling these within the mining, port, power and utilities, automotive and transport, public security, media and leisure, healthcare, agriculture and training industries, amongst others.

Some current trial of IMT in port operations demonstrated the “5G New Radio (5G NR)” capabilities for important communications enablers resembling ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC), enhanced cell broadband (eMBB) to help visitors management, AR/VR headsets and IoT sensors mounted on cell barges and offers numerous prospects to enhance effectivity and sustainability in seaports and different complicated and altering industrial environments. In response to the impression of COVID-19 pandemic some ports are growing/accelerating their adoption of digital processes, automation and different applied sciences to reinforce effectivity and resiliency to crises resembling a worldwide pandemic.

Equally, in mining exploration websites, the drilling productiveness could possibly be considerably elevated by means of automation of its drills alone. Further financial savings from elevated utilization of kit might additionally result in decrease capital expenditures for mines (CapEx) in addition to a greater security and dealing environments for his or her personnel.

Determine 1

IMT Know-how Evolution

Even probably the most superior factories of as we speak nonetheless largely rely upon cheap unlicensed wi-fi networks which have a number of drawbacks, resembling lack of safety and potential interference in dense settings and complicated fastened connections which are tough to handle in massive industrial settings. Whereas the unlicensed spectrum is freely out there, it’s severely restricted in high quality of service (QoS) and help for mobility. In good manufacturing, such networks can’t help the cell necessities of automated guided automobiles (AGVs) or the even a number of the sooner transferring arms of robots. It additionally doesn’t help low energy necessities of sensors and different IoT units. Additional, it can’t help the excessive density of sensors, units, robots, employees and automobiles which are working in a typical manufacturing plant.

Determine 2

Examples of personal community architectures

[in relation to public networks] [depending on regulatory aspects and deployments needs]

Built-in Personal Community                                        Impartial Personal Community                                                                                               

An instance of an utility in well being care that want important communications that’s supported by new capabilities of IMT is distant robotic surgical procedure. A latency of 1 millisecond is important in offering haptic suggestions to a surgeon that’s linked by means of a cell connection to a surgical robotic. A excessive knowledge charge is required to switch high-definition picture streams. As an ongoing surgical procedure can’t be interrupted an ultra-reliable communication is required to maintain connection down-time and packet loss very low.

A brand new era of personal IMT networks is rising to deal with important wi-fi communication necessities in public security, manufacturing industries, and demanding infrastructure. These non-public IMT networks are bodily or digital mobile techniques which have been deployed for personal use by a authorities, firm or group of corporations. Quite a few administrations took the result in allow regionally licensed or geographically shared IMT spectrum out there for enterprise use and have begun to acknowledge spectrum sharing and localised broadband networks in offering flexibility and assembly the wants of important communications by vertical industries and enterprises. Some administrations have determined to partition the IMT spectrum between industrial carriers and personal broadband and others enabled opportunistic use and dynamic entry to IMT spectrum that’s licensed to industrial carriers.

Industrial and enterprise usages and functions supported by IMT:

  • IMT functions in mining sector
  • IMT functions in oil and gasoline sector
  • IMT functions in distribution and logistics
  • IMT functions in building and comparable usages
  • IMT functions in enterprises and retail sector
  • IMT functions in healthcare
  • IMT functions in utilities
  • IMT functions group and training sector
  • IMT functions in manufacturing
  • IMT functions in airports and ports
  • IMT functions within the agriculture sector
  • IMT functions for in-flight passengers’ broadband communication

Required capabilities of Industrial and Enterprise usages supported by IMT:

[Editor notes: This section, when completed, will include categories of applications/usages and corresponding requirements supported by IMT]

Technical and operational facet of commercial and enterprise usages supported by IMT:


Case research:


Spectrum elements:

[Editor’s note: Frequency bands, if any, can be added later from contributions]

Personal IMT broadband networks must function in frequency bands recognized for IMT as a way to profit from the economies of scale of the worldwide IMT ecosystem. The selection of which frequency band(s) to make use of for native space networks is set on the nationwide stage.

IMT frequency bands wherein native space non-public networks have been deployed or are being deliberate embody:  TBD 

Editor’s Word: ITU-R M.1036 advice titled, ‘Frequency preparations for implementation of the terrestrial part of Worldwide Cell Telecommunications (IMT) within the bands recognized for IMT within the Radio Laws,” is used for public terrestrial IMT networks.

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Regulatory elements:

Elevated use of native (small cell) non-public community deployments can increase wi-fi capability inside current spectrum sources.

Different spectrum allocation mechanisms could also be wanted to grant spectrum entry to native space non-public networks to allow spectrum sharing by a number of networks working in a portion of a frequency band or share spectrum with incumbent networks.

Nationwide Desk of Frequency Allocations (NTFAs) primarily specify the radio companies approved by a nationwide administration in frequency bands and the entities which have entry to them. Frequency bands could also be allotted to sure companies or utility on an “unique” or “shared” foundation. The Licensed Shared Entry (LSA) idea has been initially launched as an enabler to unlock entry to further frequency bands for cell broadband beneath particular person licensed regime whereas sustaining incumbent makes use of. It was additionally developed with the goal of creating a dynamic use of spectrum attainable, at any time when and wherever it’s unused by incumbent customers.[5]

LSA gives a regulatory software to make out there further spectrum useful resource to be used by cell broadband when spectrum re-farming is just not possible or fascinating. It’s nevertheless outlined as a common idea which doesn’t specify the character of the incumbents and LSA customers. LSA licensees and incumbents function totally different functions and are topic to totally different regulatory constraints. They’d every have unique particular person entry to a portion of spectrum at a given location and time.[5]

Spectrum entry mechanisms to allow spectrum sharing and deployment of native space non-public networks embody:  TBD

Dynamic spectrum entry:

Within the context of ITU-R Report SM.2405, dynamic spectrum entry (DSA) stands for the potential for a radio system implementing cognitive radio techniques (CRS) capabilities to function on a short lived unused/unoccupied spectrum and to adapt or stop the usage of such spectrum in response to different customers of the band. Cognitive Radio System (CRS) is outlined as a radio system using know-how that enables the system to acquire data of its operational and geographical surroundings, established insurance policies and its inside state; to dynamically and autonomously regulate its operational parameters and protocols in line with its obtained data as a way to obtain predefined goals; and to be taught from the outcomes obtained.

In USA, the FCC established the Residents Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in April of 2015 and created a three-tiered entry and authorization framework to accommodate shared use of the band 3550-3700 MHz between non-public organizations and incumbent army radar and glued satellite tv for pc stations. Entry and operations are managed by means of the usage of an automatic frequency coordination system, referred to as Spectrum Entry System (SAS).

Associated ITU-R paperwork:

[1] Query ITU-R 262/5 – Utilization of the terrestrial part of IMT techniques for particular functions. (Copy reproduced in Attachment 2).

[2] Suggestion ITU-R M.2083 – Framework and total goals of the long run improvement of IMT for 2020 and past.

[3] Report ITU-R M.2440Using the terrestrial part of Worldwide Cell Telecommunications (IMT) for Narrowband and Broadband Machine-Kind Communications.

[4] Report ITU-R M.2441Rising utilization of the terrestrial part of Worldwide Cell Telecommunication (IMT).

[5] Report ITU-R SM.2404 – Regulatory instruments to help enhanced shared use of the spectrum

[6] Report ITU-R SM.2405 – Spectrum administration rules, challenges and points associated to dynamic entry to frequency bands by the use of radio techniques using cognitive capabilities

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