Mobile Operators of the NGMN Alliance Publish 5G White Paper

Barcelona, Spain – 3rd March, 2015

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance is excited to announce the finalisation and publication of the 5G White Paper. A global initiative has delivered key end-to-end operator requirements intended to guide the development of future technology platforms and related standards, create new business opportunities and satisfy future end-user needs.

Today on a press conference at Mobile World Congress, Board Directors of the NGMN Alliance presented the finalised 5G White Paper to the public. They provided an overview on the key messages and introduced to the audience the upcoming NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 24-25 March 2015 in Frankfurt (Germany) where the White Paper and NGMN’s future 5G work-programme will be presented and discussed.

In 2014, the NGMN Board – CTOs from more than 20 leading international operators – decided to focus the future NGMN activities on defining the end-to-end requirements for 5G. A global team of more than 100 experts has contributed to the now finalised 5G White Paper by developing the consolidated operator requirements intended to support the standardisation and subsequent availability of 5G for 2020 and beyond.

NGMN outlines in the White Paper its vision for 5G empowering value creation through new use cases and being enabled by sustainable business models. Therefore, the capabilities of the network need to be expanded to support much greater throughput, lower latency and higher connection density. To cope with a wide range of use cases and business models, 5G has to provide a high degree of flexibility and scalability by design. In addition, it should show foundational shifts in cost and energy efficiency. On the end-user side, a key requirement for 5G will be that a consistent customer experience is achieved across time and service footprint. NGMN envisages a 5G eco-system that is truly global, free of fragmentation and open for innovations. The commercial introduction of 5G is expected to vary from operator to operator; however, NGMN encourages the ecosystem players to work towards availability of global and commercial solutions by 2020.

The NGMN Board sees the publication and dissemination of the NGMN 5G White Paper only as the initial step on the roadmap towards 5G launch. NGMN will make sure through its upcoming work-programme and the close collaboration with all its Partners that 5G solutions will fulfil the outlined requirements. Liaisons and co-operations with all relevant industry-organisations world-wide, SDOs and research groups have also been successfully established to work against this joint objective.

“With the White Paper, the NGMN 5G Initiative achieved to publish a comprehensive view on its vision for ‘2020 and beyond’ and the 5G operator requirements in terms of technology performance and capabilities”, said Rachid El Hattachi, SVP, Deutsche Telekom AG and Steering Committee Chairman of the NGMN 5G Initiative. “We are looking forward to the in-depth presentations and open discussion of the White Paper at the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition in March 2015.”

“The NGMN 5G White Paper provides essential and long expected input for the work of many industry bodies”, said Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance. “Together with our global partners from industry and research, we will now focus on setting up and implementing a 5G work-programme ensuring that future solutions will meet our ambitious targets.”

Impressions from the NGMN Press Conference

The press conference for publication of the NGMN 5G White Paper was a big success. More than 130 partners, guests, analysts and journalists followed the presentation of key messages from the paper and asked detailed questions on 5G and the way forward from operator perspective.



NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition

The content and main messages of the 5G White Paper will be publicly presented at the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 24-25 March 2015 in Frankfurt / Germany. Board Directors, senior industry and research representatives as well as subject matter experts will be on stage to share detailed insights and viewpoints, and to discuss in panels and with the audience the White Paper and all related technology and eco-system aspects.

The conference will provide a comprehensive overview on 5G requirements, technology evolution, architecture principles, future services, spectrum demand and IPR policy. In addition you will get a clear and coherent view on the coming years’ roadmap and end-to-end solutions including access, core, devices and network management.

NGMN at Mobile World Congress 2015

NGMN will be present at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona.

To schedule a meeting with an NGMN representative, please contact office(at)

The NGMN Hospitality Suite can be found in Hall 2 (2B60MR).


Join us for the NGMN 5G Press Conference at Mobile World Congress on 3rd March 2015: NGMN Board Executives will present the NGMN 5G White Paper, result of the collaborative work of the Alliance’s 5G initiative – an initiative to provide end-to-end 5G Operator requirements and to support the global and aligned development of 5G standards and solutions.

The Press Conference will be held at the Deutsche Telekom booth in Hall 3 (3K30) at 11:00 am.

Further details on the NGMN 5G Press Conference will be announced soon!