Special Issue "5G and Beyond towards Enhancing Our Future"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ayman Radwan
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Guest Editor
Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Campus Universitário de Santiago, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: wireless communications; radio resource management; Internet of things; future generations of mobile communications (5G)
Dr. Maria De Fátima Domingues
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Guest Editor
Instituto de Telecomunicações, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: optical fiber sensors; fiber Bragg gratings; Fabry–Perot interferometric sensors; eHealth applications; gait analysis
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Dr. Abd-Elhamid Taha
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Guest Editor
Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Interests: radio resource management; wireless networks; mobile computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

5G is not in the future anymore—now, it is just around the corner. 3GPP Release 15 represents the first official standardization of 5G. With the publication of release 15, 5G became a reality, with the deployment of the first commercial 5G network expected as early as 2020. 5G is expected to be a game changer, which will completely change how we live our lives, from basic communications, all the way to smart city, eHealth, and smart transportation and self-driving vehicles.

However, the road to achieving the full promise of 5G is still a long one. Release 15 only addresses one use-case eMBB and non-standalone 5G. Lots of challenges still exist, and researchers are still required to answer many open questions.

Concerning this topic, we are soliciting original unpublished works targeting 5G and beyond, with emphasis on the challenges facing mMTC (massive machine type communications) and URLLC (ultra-reliable low latency communications). Additionally, submitted works can propose new applications targeting verticals, such as eHealth, Smart City, and ITS (intelligent transportation systems), including sensing solutions.

Topics, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Network slicing
  • Network function virtualization
  • Software-defined networks (SDN)
  • Mobility management in 5G heterogeneous networks
  • Ultra-dense networking
  • Cross-layer optimization
  • Mobile edge computing
  • AI and machine learning for 5G networking
  • Fog and cloud solutions
  • 5G applications and services
  • 5G verticals
  • IoT challenges and solutions
  • eHealth challenges and solutions
  • Smart city

Dr. Ayman Radwan
Dr. Maria de Fátima Fonseca Domingues
Dr. Abd-Elhamid Taha
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • 5G
  • Future communications
  • Network slicing
  • Softwarization
  • Virtualization
  • IoT

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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