Guest Editorial Latest Advances in Optical Networks for 5G Communications and beyond
Review article, 2021

This Special Issue contains a collection of outstanding papers covering several recent advances in optical networks for 5G communications and beyond. Papers are organized into four categories: network resource planning; optical access networks; optical fronthaul solutions; and autonomous and data-driven network management. In this introduction, a brief overview of the field is given, followed by a summary of the seventeen papers of this Special Issue, and a discussion of future directions in the field.

physical layer security

network functions virtualization (NFV)


free space optics

Optical networks

software-defined networking (SDN)


machine learning


M. Tornatore

Polytechnic University of Milan

Elaine Wong

University of Melbourne

Zuqing Zhu

University of Science and Technology of China

Ramon Casellas

Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Balagangadhar G. Bathula

AT&T Labs

Lena Wosinska

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Communication, Antennas and Optical Networks

IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications

0733-8716 (ISSN) 15580008 (eISSN)

Vol. 39 9 2667-2671 9516454

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Landscape Architecture

Communication Systems



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