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Authors of various books published with Artech House Publishing blog about current topics in microwave technology that are covered in their recent books.

Exciting Enhancements in 5G with Amitav Mukherjee

September 29, 2020

Next-generation of wireless access technologies, such as the first phase of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks and WiFi-6, are being rolled out this year on a world-wide basis. To me, this means the timing is perfect for a book that covers many of the exciting enhancements contained in these technologies, and what they mean for system designers.

My book, ‘5G New Radio: Beyond Mobile Broadband’ was conceived last year as an overview of the state of the art in upcoming 5G Phase 2 mobile networks that are expected to be deployed from 2021 onward. What makes 5G Phase 2 unique is that the applicability of this technology extends far beyond the conventional smartphone-based cellular ecosystem of today. For example, 5G can be deployed for vehicular communications between cars, satellite-based communications to underserved areas, and for ultra-reliable low-latency communications in a smart factory setting. The implications, challenges, and performance requirements of such new use cases are covered in the book. Since I regularly attend 3GPP standards meetings as a delegate, I was hopefully able to distill some of the thought processes behind 5G design decisions into the book.

I managed to finish writing the book in August this year with help from the editorial and production teams at Artech House. Another associated challenge was having a toddler at home during the process, so my gratitude goes to my wife and my in-laws for providing me with the time to work on this project. I look forward to discussing the book with readers and engaging in conversations about how 5G is going to evolve beyond Phase 2 in the coming years.