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International Mobile Telecommunications-2020 (IMT-2020 Standard) are the requirements issued by the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2015 for 5G networks, devices and services.[1]

The standard is expected to be completed in 2020.[2]

Performance targets[edit]

The 5G systems in line with IMT-2020 specifications[3] are expected to provide enhanced device and network-level capabilities, tightly coupled with intended applications. The following eight parameters are key capabilities for IMT-2020 5G:

Capability Description 5G target Usage scenario
Peak data rate Maximum achievable data rate 20 Gbit/s eMBB
User experienced data rate Achievable data rate across the coverage area (hotspot cases) 1 Gbit/s eMBB
Achievable data rate across the coverage area 100 Mbit/s eMBB
Latency Radio network contribution to packet travel time 1 ms URLLC
Mobility Maximum speed for handoff and QoS requirements 500 km/h eMBB/URLLC
Connection density Total number of devices per unit area 106/km2 MMTC
Energy efficiency Data sent/received per unit energy consumption (by device or network) Equal to 4G eMBB
Area traffic capacity Total traffic across coverage area 1000 (Mbit/s)/m2 eMBB
Spectrum efficiency Throughput per unit wireless bandwidth and per network cell 3–4x 4G eMBB


  1. ^ "ITU defines vision and roadmap for 5G mobile development".
  2. ^ "What Is IMT-2020?". SDxCentral.
  3. ^ "IMT Vision – Framework and overall objectives of the future development of IMT for 2020 and beyond" (PDF).