Modelling, Analysis, and Design of 5G Ultra-Dense Networks

Submission Deadline: 1 January 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Modelling, Analysis, and Design of 5G Ultra-Dense Networks.

Wireless communications technology enables us to seamlessly access many multimedia services, e.g., stored multimedia (e.g., video on-demand), live streaming (e.g., Internet live sport networks, Internet radio stations), and real-time interactive streaming (e.g., online games, video conference, e-education), etc. As such, wireless communications technology has rapidly gained a crucial role and become an important aspect of life.

There is a strong, credible body of evidence, suggesting that mobile network operators are facing many formidable tasks but exciting areas of endeavor. Of most concern are the increase in ever-growing wireless/mobile devices and the huge demand in data rates associated with that. It is predicted that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed 11.5 billion by 2019 (nearly 1.5 mobile devices per capita), which poses a huge traffic demand for ubiquitous communications. On the one hand, it is anticipated that we will witness an up to 10,000- fold growth in wireless data traffic by the year 2030.

The future 5G cellular network is expected to achieve as much as 1,000 times higher data rate relative to its current 4G counterpart. On the one hand, as many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, requesting seamless connectivity and mobility. Data rates are projected to increase by a factor of ten every five years, and with the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) predicted to wirelessly connect trillions of devices across the globe, without novel approaches, future mobile networks (5G) will grind to a halt unless more capacity is created.

One of the most attractive solutions is the implementation of ultra-dense networks constituted by the combination of macro-cells and small-cells, which exploit the emerging technologies of millimeter wave (mm-wave) frequency bands and large-scale antennas arrays. While these enabling technologies represent attractive approaches to improving the capacity and coverage of wireless systems, the “ultra-dense” aspect poses fundamental challenges, which urgently require solutions.

Authors are encouraged to submit articles presenting new research related to the theory or practice of all aspects of ultra-dense networks. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Network optimization: advanced architectures, self-organizing protocols, resource allocation, user-base station association, synchronization, and signaling
  • Backhaul traffic aspects in ultra-dense networks: backhaul capacity and latency limitations, and limited centralized processing power
  • Cell-free massive MIMO, distributed massive MIMO, and heterogeneous small cell architectures
  • Ultra-dense network with mmWave technology
  • Mobility, handoff control, and interference management
  • New applications of IoT: smart-grid, smart-city, etc
  • Load balancing schemes and energy saving techniques
  • Transceiver hardware impairments and power consumption models in ultra-dense networks
  • Wireless caching techniques, physical layer security, cognitive radio, energy harvesting, full-duplex, and D2D communications in ultra-dense networks
  • Novel modulation, coding and waveforms designs
  • Network measurements, implementations, and demos


We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.


Associate Editor: Daniel Benevides da Costa, Federal University of Ceará Brazil

Guest Editors:

  1. Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  2. Muhammad Ali Imran, University of Glasgow, UK
  3. Hien Quoc Ngo, Linköping University, Sweden
  4. Nan Yang, Australian National University, Australia
  5. Octavia A. Dobre, Memorial University, Canada


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Wireless Caching Technique for 5G
  2. Deployment and Management of Small Heterogeneous Cells for 5G
  3. Physical and Medium Access Control Layer Advances in 5G Wireless Networks
  4. Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for 5G Systems

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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