Welcome to the Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF Meeting 45 Pages for Members

WWRF Workshop at IEEE MeditCom

7-10 September 2021 at Athens Greece
The workshop has the theme 'Revonfigurable Intelligent Surfaces: A Technology Enabler to catalyze 6G.

Extended Submission Deadline for sending in papers is the 21 May 2021!

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Newsletter from our chairman

Our chairman's annual review and outlook for 2021





07. Sep 2021 - 10. Sep 2021 , Athens, Greece




24. Sep 2021 - 25. Sep 2021 , Thunder Bay, Canada




28. September 2021 , Ottawa, Canada




29. Sep 2021 - 30. Sep 2021 , Ottawa, Canada

45th WWRF meeting held online

On 18-21 January 2021, WWRF held its 45th meeting, with the theme ‘Hyperconnectivity: Beyond 5G Opportunities and Challenges’. This was the second time a WWRF has been held online; the meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur. Our hosts were Wirahswasta, who did a great job of keeping everything on time and in order. Over 260 participants registered and were able to take part in 15 sessions over the four days with 90 separate presentations of research challenges and results. The meeting was opened by WWRF Fellow Prof. Sureswaran Ramadass (MUST) and the opening keynote was given by the Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek. Amongst the highlights were the award of Fellowships to Adrian Scrase of ETSI and Dr Chih-Lin I of China Mobile and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN). Other features were the launch of a new working group on cybersecurity, and the first meeting of the rail networks group with its new chair, Prof. Hyeonwoo Lee of Dankook University. Presentations and videos of talks at WWRF45 will be made available to members and meeting registrants.

Who we are

The Wireless World Research Forum is the place where the global wireless research community meets to explore and develop the research challenges that confront us as we look beyond current 5G deployments.

On the newly launched WWRF website, you can find out more about our current, future and past activities. This includes important information on upcoming events and special workshops. The ongoing effort to roll out 5G technologies, and the ongoing debate on how to meet the requirements of the various vertical industries that will make use of 5G are also being studied, with WWRF members closely involved in all these discussions, and publications such as our Outlook series are a good guide to them. But the mission of WWRF is to look beyond current technology and businesses to identify the key research trends that will impact our world in the next 5-10 years.


With over 50 members from across 4 continents, WWRF brings together a wide range of industry and academic players, and has a particular focus on the contribution of newly emerging market sectors and developing regions.

As an example, the Vertical Industry Platform (VIP) programme of working groups focuses on vertical industry requirements, including business models, connected vehicles, ehealth, rail networks and the water industry, while new technical working groups have been set up to address key technology questions, such as the use of higher frequencies above 5GHz and the impact of AI technologies on communication networks. Lots of results and information from our most recent events are available, and, of course, the website also contains all the required information for prospective members, including application forms and details of membership fees and benefits.

WWRF Changes URL for Highly Acclaimed Huddle Series

5G is set to play a big part in building 2020s and shaping a connected, smart and intelligent wireless world. With the speed in which technology moves however, it is likely by 2030 that the limits of 5G as we know and understand it today may well have been reached. Plans for the next steps ‘Beyond 5G’ and the launch of early stages of 6G will be well under way. WWRF’s Steering Board therefore has decided to change to the URL for www.5ghuddle.com to www.wwrfhuddle.com  starting  with the 8th edition of its flagship series, will focus on the continuing journey of technological advancement up to 2030 and beyond, and at the evolution towards B5G and future wireless connectivity. The WWRF 2021 Huddle will take place in Ottawa, Canada, on 29-30 September with the theme ‘5G and Beyond: The Wireless World in 2030’

WWRF Workshop THz Waves: Fast Lane Journey to 6G

Motivated by the potential of THz technologies to transform the future of ICT, this workshop aimed reveal and discuss the critical technology gaps as well as the appropriate enablers, in terms of baseband processing RF frontend, channel models and waveforms, signals and coding, beam-patterns and medium access control schemes. Most importantly, this workshop attempted to shed some light on the potential accelerators or showstoppers in the adoption of THz as a major 6G wireless technology.

More information and the presentation slides >>>

New Outlook "Network Slicing"

Network Slicing (NS) is a holy grail for future of networking, and is poised to transform the Internet and the services eco-system. This WWRF Outlook endeavours to capture the broad landscape of network slicing from basic concept to potential business and economic models. And, in-between, it describes how slices are configured in the radio access network (RAN), the core network (CN) and the transport network (TN). Since new advancements and new generations of wireless tend to overlook the requirements of the developing world (with close to over 3.5B people) who have yet to experience the value of the Internet, this Outlook dedicates a detailed section on the role of network slicing to bridge the digital divide as we usher a new era of 5G and B5G technologies for social impact.


New working group on visions and technologies of 6G established

The 6G Vision and Technologies Group focuses on research that looks five to ten years ahead in order to meet the requirements of the networks in the year 2030 time-frame. The group looks into the gaps in 5G that would need to be filled, resulting into incremental changes to 5G, called B5G until such time that clear requirements of 6G have been determined and needed research areas identified.  The group also aims to study the emerging new use cases that will require 6G, and the potentially novel business models to justify investments that will be needed.


What will be the next generation?

As 5G networks are rolled out around the world, the thoughts of researchers naturally turn to what comes next. Historically, new generations of mobile communications networks have emerged on a roughly ten-year cycle, so will 2030 be any different? Given that there is much still to come with 5G and its evolution, and that the system will be more easily upgraded with increasing ‘softwarization’, some have questioned the need for any new generation. However, developments in technology and business may well create the opportunity to do something new, whether it’s named Beyond 5G or 6G. WWRF is working to understand the requirements and the opportunities for this next generation.  

Working Group A

User Needs & Requirements; Services, and Devices, in a Wireless Worlds


Working Group C

Communication architectures and technologies


Working Group D

Radio Communication Technologies


Working Group

AI for Wireless Communications


Working Group

High Frequency


Working Group 6G

Vision and Technologies


Vertical Industry Platform

E/M-Health and Wearables


Vertical Industry Platform

Connected Vehicles


Vertical Industry Platform

End to End Network Slicing

VIP E-to-E

Vertical Industry Platform

Track-to-Train communications

VIP T-to-T

Vertical Industry Platform

Future Business Models


We are very active!

We have our own publication programme of white papers (WWRF Outlook) and meeting proceedings (WWRF Library). In addition, we publish a series of books with Wiley, and the best papers from each meeting are the highlight of a special issue of IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine.

Books Outlooks IEEE Journals

Future Networked Car

FNC 2020 panellists examined the latest advances in the areas of vehicle connectivity, cybersecurity, applications of artificial intelligence (AI), and the global regulatory framework that will support deployment of more highly automated mobility solutions. The Symposium explored ​the relationships between vehicle communications and automated driving by analysing the crucial role of the latest 5G connectivity technologies in delivering safer and more effective transport. Collaboration among the various standards bodies is essential to ensure a successful and speedy implementation, and this topic will be in focus during the panel discussions.


WWRF online seminars and virtual workshops

17th of November Seminar No 3

FRUGAL 5G – Bringing Broadband Faster to Rural Areas
Satya N. Gupta, Secretary General, ITU-APT Foundation of India

Tuesday, November 17 at 9:30 am (London) - 10:30 am (Zurich, Berlin) - 15 pm (IST India)

Workshop at IEEE ANTS 2020

The role of AI/Machine Learning in the Evolution of Connected Vehicles
December 16, 2020

Call for papers is open

October 21 - Joint Greenbizz/WWRF Workshop

Meeting Presentations here