Open Source and Standards for 5G


A Joint ITU and NGMN Alliance Workshop on “Open Source and Standards for 5G”, kindly hosted by Qualcomm, took place at Qualcomm Headquarters in San Diego, California on 25 May 2016.   

 

This event brought together leading experts from the standards and open-source communities to discuss topics related to the interplay between standards and open source in 5G, including issues such as legal challenges, opportunities for collaboration and modes of engagement between standards and open source communities.

 

The morning focused on technical issues, led by a panel of standards and open-source experts, exploring the challenges ahead and discussing the mutual value of open-source involvement.

 

The afternoon session moved on to intellectual property right issues, including:

 

View the available presentations and speakers' bios here

5G Summit, NGMN and TAICS Signing Ceremony and NGMN Forum

From March 15 – March 17, 2016 NGMN organized and participated in a series of events around the topic 5G in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

The events kicked off with the 2016 Taipei 5G Summit on 15th March, a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Ministry of Education (MOE), Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards (TAICS). International speakers presented and discussed the global 5G status and challenges. During the 5G Summit, NGMN and TAICS signed a cooperation agreement.

 

In addition NGMN's Network Management & Orchestration (NWMO) project team took the opportunity to meet and continue to progress their work in describing requirements for 5G “Network Management and Orchestration”, covering fixed, mobile, cloud, and virtualized technologies from an NWMO point of view.

 

The NGMN Forum meeting on March 16-17, 2016 kindly hosted by Chunghwa Telecom rounded off the series of events.  It gave all Partners the opportunity to get an update on the NGMN projects.

 

Alongside all of the events, several of NGMN's vendor companies and research asscociates such as Intel, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Ericsson, Nokia, Rohde & Schwarz, National Taiwan University, and National Chiao Tung University showcased advanced products, technologies and applications to promote a better understanding of the 5G development.

 

 

NGMN Press & Industry Briefing on the Presentation of the Future Focus Areas at Mobile World Congress

During a press & industry briefing during Mobile World Congress on 23rd February 2016 at the Deutsche Telekom booth the NGMN Chairman Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, the NGMN CEO Peter Meissner and a number of NGMN Board Members presented the future focus areas of the NGMN Alliance to ensure successful 5G development and standardisation over the coming years.

The CTO's from leading international Mobile Network Operators made the announcement of three key NGMN focus areas for the coming months:

  • Eco-system building and interaction: Establishing and nurturing platforms for collaboration with representatives from vertical industries, IPR experts and other business communities;
  • Guidance to SDOs and the wider industry: Recommendation of technical requirements and performance targets as well as recommendation of enabling conditions;
  • Evaluation of test and proof of concept results: Analysis of initial, internationally proposed 5G technical solutions with regards to gaps, feasibility, consistency.

 

Please follow this link to read the full press release.

NGMN View of 5G as an End-to-End Ecosystem

NGMN sent a Liaison Statement to 3GPP on 4th December 2015.

Earlier this year, the NGMN Alliance published its 5G White Paper providing consolidated 5G operator requirements. In June, NGMN has 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. A key activity of the work-programme is the development of technical 5G requirements and end-to-end architecture design principles. The results of this activity will be delivered to all major SDOs, to the ITU and to other 5G related organisations.

NGMN has reviewed the summary of the 3GPP TSG RAN workshop on 5G. NGMN notes that the summary broadly takes into account the views of NGMN, however NGMN would like to emphasise the importance for the 5G RAN studies and SA studies to be synergetic and believes that the whole design should focus on the e2e service level requirements and goals for the whole 5G system.

Follow this link to download the letter to 3GPP.

 

 

NGMN Requirement Metrics and Deployment Scenarios for 5G

NGMN sent a Liaison Statement to 3GPP on 4th December 2015.

Earlier this year, the NGMN Alliance published its 5G White Paper providing consolidated 5G operator requirements. In its June Forum and Board meetings, NGMN has 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.

A key activity in the work-programme is the Requirements and Architecture (P1). The objective of P1 is to provide timely, well informed technical requirements and architectural principles to the relevant SDOs & ITU-R. P1 focuses on end-to-end system and refining and prioritising results from the NGMN 5G White Paper. Another key aspect will be the interaction with vertical industry representatives in different regions to identify and validate requirements.

The NGMN Requirements and Architecture (P1) is currently working on the mapping of some NGMN whitepaper requirements to KPIs relevant to 3GPP TSG RAN. The attached document is a summary from the ongoing NGMN P1 work, focusing mainly on key performance metrics and representative deployment scenarios. NGMN would like to point out that the work has so far mainly focussed on eMBB, and that it is still investigating requirements for new verticals and in particular mMTC and URLCC. Therefore it is anticipated that there may be further requirements/KPIs developed as that work matures.

NGMN asks 3GPP TSG RAN to consider the requirements contained in the NGMN 5G white paper and the further proposals for representative deployment scenarios and key performance metrics in the attachment as an input to the upcoming study to define the scenarios and requirements for 5G RAN. In addition, NGMN informs 3GPP TSG RAN about the intention to keep 3GPP TSG RAN updated on our future NGMN 5G work-programme and to provide further elaboration of representative deployment scenarios and requirements as they become available. The NGMN Alliance is willing to pursue further discussions to assist 3GPP in defining the scenarios and requirements, so as to maximize the ability of the new technologies defined by 3GPP to address the NGMN 5G vision.

Follow this link to download the letter to 3GPP.
Follow this link to download the supporting contribution to 3GPP.

 

 

New Spectrum to Deliver Future IMT Vision

London and Frankfurt: 21 October 2015

5G mobile systems will require access to new spectrum bands supporting much wider bandwidths than those available today if the full capabilities of the 5G vision are to be delivered.” stated Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chairman of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN). “Therefore a decision to initiate studies and schedule an agenda item to decide on new spectrum bands above 6 GHz at the next conference in 2019 is an important objective to be achieved at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that convenes in Geneva next month”.

The views of NGMN on the future IMT spectrum to be discussed at WRC-15 are today published in a briefing paper titled “Future IMT spectrum goals for ITU WRC-15”.

Continue to press release

 

 

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.

 

Spectrum

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.

 

IPR

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.