The Role of 5G and IoT in Smart Cities

  • Attahiru Sule AlfaEmail author
  • Bodhaswar T. Maharaj
  • Haitham Abu Ghazaleh
  • Babatunde Awoyemi


Smart Cities are envisioned to offer its citizens a plethora of services that are aimed at optimizing the use of public assets and improving the quality/efficiency of the regular activities. The performance of these services are reliant on the inter-networking of information between the different and disjointed systems with overlapping purposes. The information exchange process will likely involve the communication of large volumes of data with a range of complex requirements that are application-specific. In this chapter, the role of the 5G systems and Internet of Things (IoT) for meeting such stringent requirements are discussed along with the essential constituents of a successful Smart City infrastructure.



This research is partly funded by the Advanced Sensor Networks SARChI Chair program, co-hosted by University of Pretoria (UP) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), through the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Attahiru Sule Alfa
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Bodhaswar T. Maharaj
    • 2
  • Haitham Abu Ghazaleh
    • 3
  • Babatunde Awoyemi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Electronic and Computer EngineeringUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Engineering and Computer ScienceTarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA

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