Special Stream in 5G Networks Technologies and Security

5G research and standardization have been pursued actively in the last few years and initial 5G networks are starting to be deployed. Today, it is much clearer what the first releases of 5G will encompass. 3GPP Rel 16 has been frozen in June 2020 and the first wave of Rel 15 compliant apparatus (both terminals and base stations) are new available, making the first two releases of 5G now fully specified. Now is time to evaluate the initial 5G commercial offerings and how this matches with the initial vision defined a few years ago. This will include an analysis of the current solutions from different perspectives, including the support to different verticals, initial deployment, and performance and KPI comparison. However, the development of the new technological solutions for 5G networks did not stop, so these solutions have to be tested, evaluated and validated. Also, a great attention has to be payed to the 5G systems security and privacy aspects, which are one of the most importance nowadays.

This special Stream will cover the innovative technologies that were studied in various research projects and standardized by 3GPP in Rel 15 and Rel 16. The special Stream will encourage the submission of papers studying the current status of 5G research and early deployment and to assess how this relates to the initial 5G vision. The evaluation of the current solutions and/or deployment for features such 5G eMBB, URLLC (Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications) and mMTC (massive Machine Type Communications) will be considered as well. Security and privacy aspects will be covered too.

The intent is papers should be accessible and provide a reality check for a wider audience. Whilst wireless industry technologists are expected to take a keen interest, papers and views from a wider perspective of verticals like Automotive, Touristic Sector, Smart cities, Healthcare and Industry 4.0, which are currently being analysed in the 5G domain, are invited.

The special Stream invites authors to submit original and previously unpublished research papers in the following and related topics. They could cover traditional mobile networks or any other new 5G vertical applications.
The proposed special Stream will be organized and technically co-sponsored by two of the flagship projects in the Phase III of the H2020/ 5GPPP initiative – 5G-TOURS, 5GASP and by the project financed by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia, CARYS-19-121.
Main topics:

  • 5G security and privacy
  • 5G and end-to-end encryption
  • 5G and CIIP
  • Security Architecture in 5G
  • Vulnerability management and incident response in 5G
  • 5G system prototyping, PoC efforts
  • 5G deployment results
  • Zero-Touch network & Service Management in 5G, IoT & IIoT
  • Applied ML/AI on VNF placement, profiling & resource orchestration
  • 5G application & services
  • 5G experimentation
  • 5G certification
  • 5G channel modelling and measurements
  • Novel channel estimation techniques
  • 5G antenna design and prototyping
  • Multiple antenna techniques, incl. MIMO, Massive MIMO and Beamforming
  • Control and implementation aspects for Massive MIMO and Beamforming
  • Non-orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA) schemes, code design.
  • Efficient Transceiver architectures and design
  • 5G air interface/ waveform design and optimizations
  • Advanced radio link management, incl. efficient signalling and control
  • Hardware impairments – modelling and impact analysis
  • 5G co-ordinated cells incl. NR-CoMP
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Advanced Channel coding, waveform and Non-Uniform modulation
  • Layered-Division Multiplexing
  • Next generation of broadcasting systems
  • Convergence of broadcasting and broadband wireless


  • Prof. Sergiy Gnatyuk, National Aviation University, Ukraine
  • Prof. Roman Odarchenko, Bundleslab KFT, Hungary
  • Prof. Maksim Iavich, Caucasus University, Georgia
  • Prof. Razvan Bocu, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania


  • De Mi, University of Surrey, UK
  • Yannis Gravezas, Samsung R&D, UK
  • Galini Tsoukaneri, Samsung R&D, UK
  • Manuel Fuentes, Fivecomm, Spain
  • Nur Zincir-Heywood, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Giorgi Iashvili, Caucasus University, Georgia
  • Avtandil Gagnidze, East European University, Georgia
  • Jugoslav Achkoski, Military Academy "General Mihailo Apostolski", North Macedonia
  • Marek Aleksander, High State Vocational School in Nowy Sacz, Poland
  • Jamil Al-Azzeh, Al-Balqa University, Jordan
  • Jordi Joan Gimenez, 5G-MAG, Switzerland
  • Zhengbing Hu, Central China Normal University, China
  • Saulius Japertas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Audrius Lopata, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Yevgeniya Sulema, Bundleslab KFT, Hungary
  • Olimzhon Baimuratov, Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan
  • Tamara Radivilova, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine
  • Maryna Yevdokymenko, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine
  • Tetiana Okhrimenko, National Aviation University, Ukraine
  • Maksym Zaliskyi, National Aviation University, Ukraine
  • Taras Maksymyuk, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine
Important Dates

Abstract submission:
07 June 2021
23 June 2021

Notification of acceptance:
20 July 2021
31 July 2021

Late paper submission:
28 July 2021
05 August 2021

Notification of Late paper acceptance:
29 July 2021
10 August 2021

Camera ready paper:
28 July 2021
08 August 2021

Early registration:
07 July 2021 - 07 August 2021
19 July 2021 - 19 August 2021

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