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NGMN Alliance Reveals New Key Activities

Barcelona, Spain, 27th February 2017

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance is excited to announce its new key activities to ensure successful 5G development and standardisation in 2017.

In 2015, the NGMN Alliance published its highly recognised 5G White Paper and implemented a comprehensive 5G Work-Programme later on. In their meeting at Mobile World Congress, Board Directors of the Alliance welcomed the progress made in 5G development in the last year. They also highlighted the significant challenges ahead and urged all industry players to clearly focus on market realities and business driven needs. Realistic timing and performance goals should be stated for 5G.

For the work-programme, the NGMN Board – CTOs from leading international operators – stated some clear objectives:

  • International collaboration to support global alignment and to avoid fragmentation
  • Identification of market requirements and business needs
  • Providing an end-to-end picture of the 5G system
  • Assessing and testing 5G technology

Besides the on-going NGMN work in the projects on End-to-end Architecture, IPR, Spectrum, Trial & Testing, V2X, and Network Operations, the NGMN Board decided to launch the following key activities

  • Establishment of a Security Competence Team – addressing 5G security issues related to areas like network capability exposure or to the most relevant 5G e2e use-cases
  • Significant enhancements to the NGMN End-to-end Architecture project through activities on 5G Service-based Architecture (SBA), Multi-Domain Operation, and on RAN Functional Split and x-Haul

"The NGMN 5G White Paper is essential information for industry stakeholders", said Johan Wibergh, Chairman of the NGMN Alliance and Group CTO Vodafone. "Over the last year we have made substantial contributions to 3GPP on the business, technology, and architecture aspects of 5G. We are now focused on launching new activities that will guide the industry and help ensure that commercial products will be ready by 2020."

Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance, conveyed the message from the Board that "the NGMN Alliance encourages all stakeholders to actively contribute to the upcoming deliverables of the new key activities and to jointly work on the focused development of related standards and solutions."