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WWRF Meeting 48

7-9 November 2022 in Abu Dhabi, Emirate

The 48th edition of the international and world-renowned Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) will be held in Abu Dhabi from 07-09 November 2022. With the theme “Wireless Innovation for a Better World”, WWRF 48 will offer a great opportunity for all attendees to be part of designing the wireless future, by joining us for three days of wide-ranging discussions, presentations, innovative brainstorming, and expert-level networking. Since WWRF is the unique forum where the whole wireless community can tackle the key research challenges, by attending the event you will be able to: (i) focus your future wireless strategies by discussing the views of industry leaders, (ii) ease future standardization by harmonizing research views at the research stage, (iii) pick up the trends and new ideas in wireless communications, (iv) share insights on research directions and visions to the Wireless World.

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WWRF speaks out on developing countries needs at ITU

Developing Countries’ Needs

Countries with a tradition of telecoms technology development – often the greatest economies in the world, especially in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia – have overwhelmingly had the biggest role in setting up international standards. For example, at the recent ITU workshop on its vision for mobile networks beyond IMT-2020, there were no representatives from Latin America and only one African country directly presenting at the event.

However, Professor Angeliki Alexiou, the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) representative, stressed that “the ITU and regulators should give a central role to developing regions to set priorities in education, health provision, farming, [and] industry.” According to her, the diversity of challenges such countries face does not allow for a “one-size-fits-all” approach to developing 6G. “Selection of use cases and usage scenarios and their specifications will help streamline the objectives and requirements and will play more than ever before a decisive role.” Among the concerns, the professor emphasised that many developing countries are not currently thinking about 5G.

“So it is essential that technologies selected [for 6G] can be upgraded by software and are affordable by developing countries as they migrate from 4G to beyond IMT-2020, either directly or via IMT-2020.” WWRF proposes that 6G should meet developing countries’ needs by 2030.

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Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini appointed as next WWRF Fellow

Professor Alouini is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Affiliate Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS), Affiliate Professor of Statistics (STAT), and Principal Investigator of the Communication Theory Lab (CTL) of the King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, United States of America, in 1998. His general research interests include design and performance analysis of diversity combining techniques, MIMO techniques, multi-hop/cooperative communications systems, optical wireless communication systems, cognitive radio systems, green communication systems and networks, and integrated ground-airborne-space networks. He is currently actively working on addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies by studying and developing new generations of aerial and space networks as a solution to provide connectivity to far-flung, less-populated and hard-to-reach areas. He has been a long-time supporter of WWRF and we are very pleased that he will be joining us at our 48th meeting in Abu Dhabi on 9th November to give his Fellow’s address.

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.

Two New Outlook Publications from WWRF’s Evaluation Working Group

A team from WWRF has been taking part in the evaluation of candidate technologies to be recognised as compliant with the ITU IMT-2020 requirements. One of these was submitted by ETSI TC DECT and the DECT Forum, and following its successful evaluation, has now been announced as the world’s first non-cellular 5G technology. The other Outlook covers evaluation of the technology submitted by Nufront. We have now published WWRF’s evaluation reports as WWRF Outlook 29 and 30.


WWRF at ITU event "AI/ Machine Learning Enabled Connected Vehicles"

WWRF organised the workshop at IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems in December 2021. Four papers were presented at the workshop followed by a panel on Impact of 5G and 6G on Connected Vehicles.

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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.

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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.


WWRF has elected a new Steering Board

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



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

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.

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