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5G-Enabled Tactile Internet

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Meryem Simsek, Adnan Aijaz, Mischa Dohler, Joachim Sachs, Gerhard Fettweis

Original languageEnglish
Article number7403840
Pages (from-to)460-473
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number3
Early online date11 Feb 2016
Accepted/In press11 Feb 2016
E-pub ahead of print11 Feb 2016
Published1 Mar 2016


  • 5G-Enabled Tactile Internet

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The long-term ambition of the Tactile Internet is to enable a democratization of skill, and how it is being delivered globally. An integral part of this is to be able to transmit touch in perceived real-time, which is enabled by suitable robotics and haptics equipment at the edges, along with an unprecedented communications network. The fifth generation (5G) mobile communications systems will underpin this emerging Internet at the wireless edge. This paper presents the most important technology concepts, which lay at the intersection of the larger Tactile Internet and the emerging 5G systems. The paper outlines the key technical requirements and architectural approaches for the Tactile Internet, pertaining to wireless access protocols, radio resource management aspects, next generation core networking capabilities, edge-cloud, and edge-AI capabilities. The paper also highlights the economic impact of the Tactile Internet as well as a major shift in business models for the traditional telecommunications ecosystem.

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