NGMN Alliance Pushes for 5G Work Programme

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance announces the launch of a comprehensive work-programme highlighting its commitment to guide the industry, based on global end-to-end requirements for 5G.


Earlier this year, the NGMN Alliance published its highly recognised 5G White Paper providing consolidated 5G operator requirements. In its June Forum and Board meetings, NGMN has now launched a 5G-focused work-programme that will build on and further evolve the White Paper guidelines with the intention to support the standardisation and subsequent availability of 5G for 2020 and beyond.

The NGMN Partners – world-wide leading Operators, Vendors and Research Institutes – agreed on the main 5G NGMN work-items for the coming months:

  • Business Principles: Business models, operator capabilities, vertical industry services
  • Requirements & Architecture: Technical requirements, architecture guidelines, SDO input
  • Spectrum: Spectrum position for WRC-15, 5G spectrum requirements and evaluation
  • IPR: Standard Essential Patent (SEP) declaration and assessment, 5G patent pool

The NGMN Partners have committed a significant number of experts to contribute to the different teams of the work-programme. Key tasks of those teams will be: the development of 5G requirements and design principles, the analysis of potential 5G solutions, and the assessment of future use-cases and business models. The outcome of the work will be shared and discussed with all relevant industry-organisations, SDOs and research groups.

"The NGMN 5G White Paper provided essential input for the work of the main industry bodies", said Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance. "Together with our global partners from industry and research, we will now implement a 5G work-programme ensuring that future solutions will meet our ambitious targets."


In particular, the NGMN work items will aim to reach the following objectives and will comprise the following activities:


Business Principles

The mission of the Business Principles Group is to ensure that 5G will be architected and underpinned by solid business principles. The activity will focus on the identification and prioritisation of future operator capabilities to be made available to partners in order to enhance the customer proposition. Another key aspect will be the interaction with vertical industry representatives to assess the market potential and also the complexity and cost drivers of related 5G solutions.


Requirements & Architecture

The Requirements & Architecture project aims to provide timely guidance on 5G solutions to all relevant industry stakeholders. The project work streams will define technical requirements for enhanced mobile broadband services, vertical industries and 5G security. Additionally it will consider end-to-end architecture design principles and recommendations for the management and orchestration of 5G networks. The results will be delivered to all major SDOs, to the ITU and other 5G related organisations.



The objective of the Spectrum work will be to ensure continuous contributions to international fora and groups regarding NGMN spectrum requirements, in order to ensure the allocation of sufficient spectrum for future 5G services. In 2015, the team will develop and provide an NGMN spectrum perspective for WRC-15.  Leading up to WRC-19, evaluations and studies on new frequency ranges and bands for 5G will be carried out and requirements based on this activity will be delivered in an NGMN 5G Spectrum White Paper.



The IPR team will engage with relevant industry partners to develop implementation plans for the 5G IPR recommendations outlined in the NGMN 5G White Paper. Hence, the activity aims to improve 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) declarations, which are already in use, and to establish independent 5G SEP assessments. Furthermore, NGMN recommends to explore and to establish an appropriate 5G patent pool framework. In addition the IPR team will also address the emerging need for software licensing in the mobile industry and, in particular, as regards Open Source.

Impressions from the NGMN Industry Conference 2015

The content and main messages of the 5G White Paper have been 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 have been 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.

Telecom TV interviews from the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2015

As the first ever provider of B2B video content for the global telecom industry, Telecom TV provides news, analysis, and insight to over 20,000 senior industry executives in 200 countries worldwide. NGMN was delighted to have Telecom TV onsite at the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2015. During the 2-day conference, Telecom TV took the opportunity to speak to industry thought leaders. You may view an excerpt of the individual NGMN Partner interviews here:


Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom and Chairman, NGMN

Mats Svärdh, VP Group Networks and IT Infrastructure, TeliaSonera

Kevin Holley, Head of Standards, Telefonica

Tod Sizer, VP Wireless Research, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Ping Liang, Co-Founder, RF DSP


To view further fascinating NGMN Partner and Co-operation Partner interviews please visit

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.

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.


This version of the White Paper replaces all previous versions of the White Paper and the ‘Executive Version of the White Paper’ published at an earlier date.