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Technology of the year 2020

5G — the fifth generation of wireless communications technology — is our 2020 technology of the year. Here, in a series of articles, we explore the underlying technology, its potential applications, and its wider political context. We also consider what a future 6G could look like.

Editorial

Comment & Opinion

The fifth generation of mobile phone technology — 5G — promises higher data rates and more reliable communication than previous generations, leading to a variety of novel applications. But to make this a reality, developments in a range of technologies will be required.

Comment | | Nature Electronics

The local deployment of 5G platforms for 5G-enabled healthcare in hospitals and clinics can provide a route for the development of digital healthcare technologies in rural Africa.

Comment | | Nature Electronics

The power consumption and carbon emissions of wireless communication networks are expected to substantially increase in the 5G era. The communications industry must therefore develop strategies to optimize the energy efficiency of 5G networks, without compromising spectrum efficiency.

Comment | | Nature Electronics

Reviews

This Perspective provides a vision for sixth generation (6G) communications in which human-centric mobile communications are considered the most important application, and high security, secrecy and privacy are its key features.

Perspective | | Nature Electronics