Special Issue on 5G and B5G Communications (Extended Deadline)



IEEE Latin America Transactions

Special Issue on 5G and B5G Communications (Extended deadline)

The fifth generation (5G) and beyond 5G (B5G) of mobile communication networks are emerging as revolutionary technologies supporting very-high speed, ultra-reliable and low latency wireless connectivity for human-oriented and machine-type communications. The core technical requirements for these new networks include a boast in user mobility for ground-based vehicular connectivity, a peak data rate and an area-traffic capacity which are twenty and ten times higher, respectively, than modern fourth generation (4G) network, as well as a latency at the radio interface that is ten times smaller. These ambitious requirements are intended to enable a variety of novel applications, spanning intelligent transportation, smart industry and smart home, healthcare and interactive communications through virtual and augment reality. The commercial deployment of 5G started last year in the USA and in several Asian and European countries, whereas in the Latin America Uruguay was the first country to introduce a commercial 5G network. While the rollout of 5G is dissipating the uncertainty about the viability of this new technology, further research is needed to realize the 5G vision and to pave the road for subsequent generations of ubiquitous and truly intelligent mobile communications networks. In the Latin American context. It is essential to conduct basic and applied research activities to adopt these new technologies for solving the social, economic and environmental problems. The implications of regulatory politics and spectrum auctions have to be fully investigated in the Latin America context for the success of this 5G transformation.

This special issue of IEEE Latin America Transactions provides a forum for the identification of problems and research trends and the discussion of hot topics in 5G and B5G mobile communication networks as well asthe impact of these emerging networks in Latin America. Prospective authors in the areas of communication networks, wireless communications, instrumentation, electronics, control and automation, optimization, computer science and signal processing are invited to submit original and high-quality papers dealing with, but not limited to, the following research topics:

  • Multiple access techniques for very high-speed communications.
  • Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications.
  • Air-interface design based on cognitive radio.
  • Antenna design and signal processing for beam-forming and beam-tracking.
  • Interference and energy management.
  • Air-to-ground (A2G), air-to-air (A2A) and underwater communications.
  • Network Slicing.
  • 5G & B5G heterogeneous networks.
  • Network Functions Virtualization & Software-Defined Networking
  • QoS/QoE, Reliability and modeling in 5G & B5G.
  • Communications and Information Security.
  • Network and Service Management.
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning for 5G & B5G Cognitive Networking.
  • Machine Learning for 5G & B5G Cognitive Networking.
  • Dataplane Programmability in 5G & B5G.
  • Blockchain for 5G & B5G Networking.
  • Prototypes, test-beds, trial-networks and demonstrations of 5G & B5G wireless communications.
  • Applications of 5G & B5G in industry automation and optimization.
  • Applications of 5G & B5G in smart farming.
  • Applications of 5G & B5G in vehicular traffic management.
  • Digital divide reduction and transition to the intelligent information society.
  • Resources optimization in 5G & B5G wireless networks.
  • Regulatory politics and spectrum auctions for 5G & B5G deployments.

Call for papers: August 3, 2020
Submissions Deadline:  December 1, 2020
Notification of Final Decision: March 1, 2021
Final Manuscript Due: March 15, 2021
Publication Date: April 2021


Authors should submit their manuscript(s) electronically through the system at  https://latamt.ieeer9.org/ Both theoretical and applied research papers are welcome, as well as survey and tutorial papers of archival value.  Authors can find the guidelines and submission information at:


Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished and not currently under consideration for publication in other Journals nor be part of Conference proceedings. The IEEE Latin America Transactions does not publish papers that have appeared in conference proceedings. A maximum of 20% of match with a single source is required to submit their work in the Journal, failure in satisfying this requirement may result in one-year ban from submitting material to all IEEE publications.

Authors of the accepted papers of this special issue will be invited to create a video abstract of their work, which constitutes  of a 5 to 10 min video in their language (Spanish Or Portuguese) describing: the problem statement, the contribution, the most relevant results and the conclusions. Videos  must contain: flux diagrams, graphs, and preferably, actual experiments. The videos will be posted in IEEE web page. Authors of selected accepted papers will be invited to create educational content for IEEE. 

Guest Editors

Carlos A. Gutiérrez  UASLP, Mexico cagutierrez@ieee.org
Oscar Mauricio Caicedo Rendon, University of Cauca, Colombia, omcaicedo@unicauca.edu.co
Daniel Ulises Campos Delgado, UASLP, Mexico ducd@fciencias.uaslp.mx

Guest Editorial Board

  1. Cesar A. Azurdia Meza, University of Chile, Chile.
  2. José Martín Luna Rivera, UASLP, Mexico.
  3. Sandra Cespedes, University of Chile, Chile.
  4. Samuel Montejo Sánchez, Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana, Chile
  5. Javier Vazquez Castillo, Universidad de Quintana Roo, México
  6. Carolina del Valle Soto, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico
  7. Marco Aurelio Cárdenas Juarez, UASLP, Mexico
  8. Carlos Martinez, Universidad de San Salvador, El Salvador
  9. Marco Antonio To, Universidad Galileo, Guatemala
  10. Armando Ordoñez, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia,
  11. Wilmar Yesid Campo, Universidad del Quindío, Colombia
  12. Victor Quintero, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia
  13. Nelson Fonseca, University of Campinas, Brazil
  14. Lisandro Granville, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  15. Christian E. Rothenberg, University of Campinas, Brazil
  16. Jéferson C. Nobre, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  17. Artur Ziviani, National Laboratory for Scientific Computing, Brazil
  18. Carlos Raniery, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil
  19. Juliano Wickboldt, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  20. Marcelo C. Luizelli, Federal University of Pampa, Brazil
  21. Cristiano Bonato Both, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
  22. Valderi Reis Quietinho Leithardt, University of Vale do Itajaí, Brazil
  23. Juan Felipe Botero, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
  24. Andrés Navarro, Universidad ICESI, Colombia
  25. Pablo Jojoa, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia
  26. Rodrigo Mansilha, Federal University of Pampa, Brazil
  27. Weverton Cordeiro, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  28. Fábio Diniz Rossi, Instituto Federal Farroupilha, Brazil
  29. Lucas Bondan, National Education and Research Network, Brazil
  30. Rafael Esteves, Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul.
  31. Guilherme da Cunha Rodrigues, Instituto Federal Sul Rio Grandense, Brazil,
  32. Ricardo Luis Dos Santos, Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  33. Vinícius Guimarães, Instituto Federal Sul Rio Grandense, Brazil.
  34. Fabio Verdi, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil.