This short introduction discusses the key motivation for this special issue of the Journal of Optical Communications and Networking that focuses on the area of optical networking for 5G mobile and wireless communications. It summarizes the key topics addressed in the invited and contributed articles that were selected following the open call and provides a synopsis of their main findings and conclusions.

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