5G & IoT Evolution Towards a Super Connected World




5G is expected in a few years from now and the main focus of 5G will be improving mobile broadband experience, enhancing IoT connectivity and introducing URLLC (Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications) leading to a successful implementation of additional and critical IoT use cases. Nevertheless, we have deployed several IoT use cases have on existing technologies such as 2G/3G/LTE/WiFi/Zigbee/PLC/LPWAN. The main challenge in IoT implementation is building an end-to-end use case. The UAE is currently developing the infrastructure needed to deploy 5G & IoT networks. In fact, at du, we have pioneered a number of technologies – including the introduction of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in the UAE and demonstrating the first IoT network in MENA region– that pave the way towards a 5G future. Moreover, we established the UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG) that allow the UAE to effectively compete with advanced markets when it comes to the development and execution of 5G. The U5GIG has been envisioned to be a consortium of technical and academic organizations in the UAE as well as global telecom vendors to plan and use their expertise to define and develop a global 5G network that will radically change lives across the UAE. The true impact of 5G will come from the innovative applications the new network will enable.  Different IoT networks and IoT use cases will be presented. The evolution of 4G and IoT networks towards 5G will be discussed. The main technologies of 5G such ass Massive MIMO and MmWave will be summarized. Finally, U5GIG initiative will be explained.


Ayman Elnashar received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Alexandria University, in 1995 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical communications engineering from Mansoura University in 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has 20+ years of experience in telecoms industry including 2G/3G/LTE/WiFi networks. He was part of three major start-up telecom operators in MENA region (Mobinil/Egypt, Mobily/KSA, and du/UAE) and held key leadership positions. Currently, he is Sr. Director of Wireless Networks, Terminals, and IoT with the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. “du”, UAE. He is the founder of the Terminal Innovation Lab. He managed and directed the evolution, evaluation, and introduction of du broadband networks and terminals including HSPA+, LTE/LTE-A and WiFi. Prior to this, he was with Mobily, Saudi Arabia, from June 2005 to Jan 2008 as Head of Projects. He played key role in contributing to the success of the mobile broadband network of Mobily/KSA. From March 2000 to June 2005, he was with orange Egypt where he was responsible for the mobile network operation.

He published 20+ papers in wireless communications arena in highly ranked journals such as IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, IEEE Transactions Vehicular technology, and IEEE Transactions Circuits and Systems I, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, IET Signal Processing, and international conferences. He is the author of “Design, Deployment, and Performance of 4G-LTE Networks: A Practical Approach”, published by Wiley in May 2014. His research interests include practical performance analysis, planning and optimization of wireless networks (3G/4G/WiFi/IoT/5G), digital signal processing for wireless communications, multiuser detection, smart antennas, MIMO, and robust adaptive detection and beamforming.