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For the second year in a row Rémi Thomas (Orange) will represent NGMN at the upcoming 4th Fokus Fuseco Forum November 28th and 29th in Berlin. This time Rémi Thomas will give an update of the NGMN activities in regards to NFV and SDN.
Three of our Partners gave a speech at the Layer123 Packet Microwave & Mobile Backhaul on September 25th in Düsseldorf, Germany. The presentation under the title "NGMN RAN Evolution and HetNet Projects - The Backhaul and fronthaul implications" gave an overview on work currently done in NGMN in this area.
The NGMN Alliance project NGCOR (Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements) has successfully demonstrated a network operations showcase called "Catalyst" at the TM Forum World in Nice 13th-16th May. The showcase with the title "Converged Network Operations Improving Customer Experience" represented the first implementation of a common 3GPP and TM Forum information model based on NGCOR requirements aiming to enhance the integrated management of wireline and wireless networks.
The showcase has been developed by NGMN Partners and leading industry players like Comarch, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, HP, Juniper Networks, Orchestral Networks, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, ZTE, supported by specifications from 3GPP and the TM Forum.
8th April 2013
A public statement has been issued by 3GPP’s Project Coordination Group (PCG), approved during their meeting on 3rd April 2013.
The 3GPP Statement:
3GPP defines the standards for LTE, with the latest work focusing on LTE-Advanced, which includes all work from 3GPP Release 10 onwards.
3GPP recognises that in the marketplace a number of differing terms related to LTE are appearing. 3GPP reaffirms that the naming for the technology family and its evolution continues to be covered by the term LTE-Advanced, which remains the correct description for specifications currently being defined – from Release 10 onwards, including 3GPP Release 12.
The Partnership Project is working with its members and in coordination with the ITU Working Party 5D to be able to provide future guidance on how 3GPP LTE will progress in future Releases.
See also here: http://www.3gpp.org/3GPP-Statement-on-LTE-Advanced
Frankfurt, Germany - 11th March 2013
The Board of the NGMN Alliance has announced the launch of four new project activities highlighting the NGMN Alliance’s commitment to further enhance next generation networks and to guide the industry with its recommendations.
The following four new NGMN projects will determine the focus of the NGMN Alliance for the next 12 months:
The main tasks for the global NGMN Partner project teams will be the definition of Operator driven requirements, the development of use cases and the assessment of technology options in the four areas. The outcome of these projects will give essential guidance for the successful deployment, operations and further development of next generation mobile networks.
Dr. Peter Meissner, NGMN Operating Officer, emphasised that the new work programme reflects the current and future high-priority industry challenges as highlighted by the NGMN Partners. “The NGMN Alliance is happy to continue the development of Mobile Broadband for the benefit of the end-customer.”
In particular, the new NGMN projects will aim to reach the following objectives and will comprise the following activities:
Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements
The objective of the NGMN project Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements (NGCOR) is to reduce complexity and integration costs in the area of network management by achieving standardised interfaces between the Telco infrastructure and the OSS (Operations Support Systems). NGCOR aims to obtain more flexibility and reduced time-to-market in the introduction of services through standardised network management functionalities for converged fixed and mobile networks.
Main aspects of the project will be Configuration Management, Performance Management, Service Inventory Management and Architecture scenarios for management of Converged Networks.
Evolution of the Radio Access Network (RAN)
The RAN Evolution project will evaluate options and give recommendations for a future radio access network architecture providing optimised operations, higher efficiency and enhanced performance. The activity will cover, amongst other items, the evaluation of Centralised Cloud-based RAN, CoMP schemes, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, Backhaul/Fronthaul, and will finally define the overarching requirements for a Multi-RAT architecture evolution.
Mobile Content Delivery Optimisation
The project Mobile Content Delivery Optimisation will evaluate mobile network enhancements for the optimised delivery of content. The project aims to define use cases for Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and to develop related requirements. Furthermore, recommendations will be provided with regards to content delivery architecture options and CDN functionalities (like e.g. caching, media adaptation).
Deployment and Operation of Small Cells
The objective of project Small Cells is to define scenarios, use cases, system architecture and functional requirements for the fast and efficient introduction and operations of Small Cells. The work-streams of the project activity will deal in particular with the aspects of Wi-Fi integration, cost efficient deployment, operational issues, multi-vendor deployment and backhauling for Small Cells.