Announcement: Special issue on Fiber and Wireless Communications Technologies for 5G and Beyond

Aims and Scope:

Global mobile data traffic has been growing as incredible rates, driven by the ever-increase of the number of wireless devices and the continuous emergence of high-bandwidth applications, e.g. video-on-demand, cloud computing and big data. Future mobile networks (5G and beyond), therefore, require new architectures for both wireless and optical networks to simultaneously address issues of capacity, flexibility and cost. Current research attentions in wireless networks are well on new radio frequency windows (millimetre-wave, sub-THz frequency), massive MIMO, small cells and converged fiber/wireless models for front/back-haul links. On the other hand, optical networks are moving into the direction of cloud-integrated networks supporting from optical access to radio towers for both enterprise and consumer services. Prospective authors of this special issue are invited to submit their unpublished research on new communications and networking technologies for next-generation mobile networks, covering topics ranging from optical core, metro to access networks, from backbone to front/back-hauling and radio access networks.

Topics of Interest:

The special issue aims to cover topics that include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Information theory and capacity limits for fiber and wireless communications
  • Space-time coding and signal processing
  • Novel modulation and coding techniques
  • Network coding
  • New detection, equalization, synchronization, and estimation schemes
  • Antenna design, antenna systems and wave propagation
  • Localization techniques
  • Physical layer security
  • MIMO and multiple antenna systems
  • Multiple access schemes, multiplexing and detection
  • Radio over fiber techniques
  • Analog/Digital Radio-over-Fiber solutions for 5G communications
  • M2M communications
  • Novel 5G radio access network (RAN) architectures
  • Small cell deployment, femtocells, picocells for dense/ultra-dense systems
  • Advanced user terminal relaying
  • Cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum
  • Visible light communications
  • Free-space optics communications
  • Millimeter-wave and sub-THz generations and communications
  • Converged fiber/wireless communication models for front- and back-haul links
  • Digital and electronic subsystems
  • Optical technologies for wireless networks
  • Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
  • Photonics integrated circuits for fiber and wireless communications
  • Nonlinear compensation techniques for high speed data transports
  • Architectures and software-defined control for access, metro and core 
  • Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services
  • Cloud-integrated optical network architectures
  • Multiple access schemes for hybrid fiber/wireless networks
  • Experiments and test-bed for 5G

Coherent list of topics:

Papers must be tailored to the emerging fields of fiber and wireless communication and networking technologies for future mobile networks. The guest editors maintain the right to reject papers they deem to be out of scope of this special issue. Only originally unpublished contributions and invited articles will be considered for this special issue.

The papers should be formatted according to REV-JEC's guidelines (

Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript via REV-JEC's submission site at ( to the "Special issue FWC5G articles" section under Journal Section according to the timetable below.

Important Dates (Tentative):

  • Deadline for submission of manuscript: July 01, 2019
  • Publication of the issue is scheduled for December 01, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: max. 8 weeks from submission date
  • Manuscript submission is open along the year before the deadline. Accepted manuscripts will be posted online with DOI number within 2 weeks of the final uploaded files

Lead Guest Editors:

Nguyen Le Hung, The University of Danang, Vietnam.

Pham Tien Dat, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan.

Tran Huu Nghi, University of Akron, USA.

Le Thai Son, Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany.

Nguyen Tan Hung, The University of Danang-University of Science and Technology, Vietnam.