Introduction to Cellular Mobile Communications

  • Joseph BoccuzziEmail author


This chapter discusses the evolution of cellular communication systems, leading to the definition of 5G. For each cellular generation, we provide an overview of the multiple access techniques and network architectures, as well as their relevant shortcomings. The 3GPP standards group release time line is summarized to highlight the demand for increased data rates, increased system capacity, and lower latency capabilities as well as the exponential increase in system features. The IMT-2020 requirements for 5G have targeted wide-ranging system requirements from its inception, as indicated by the definition of three use case pillars: enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine to machine communications and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications. To address the widely varying requirements for these use cases, a dynamic system is required that supports: flexible orthogonal frequency division multiple access systems parameters, a network architecture utilizing software-defined networking principles, spectral agility utilizing different deployments (licensed, unlicensed, and shared spectrum) over wider frequency ranges such as millimeter wave bands. The essential technologies such as massive multi-antenna systems, carrier aggregation, higher-order modulation, and orthogonal and non-orthogonal multiple access techniques are also discussed.


Multiple access OFDMA CDMA NOMA eMMB uR-LLC mMTC 5G Cloud-RAN NFV SDN IMT-2020 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Intel CorporationSan DiegoUSA

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