To implement the NGMN vision and accomplish the overall objectives of NGMN, a comprehensive Work Programme has been set up within the NGMN Alliance. The NGMN Work Programme covers key aspects that need to be addressed in order to develop a fertile next-generation mobile broadband ecosystem.


Details on the scope and objectives of the NGMN Work Programme and on the strategic roadmap of NGMN can be found at SCOPE.

5G Initiative

Inspired by NGMN's strong industry collaboration which materially contributed to the success of LTE and its adoption across the world, the new project will now deliver key 5G operator requirements intended to guide the development of future technology platforms and related standards, create new business opportunities and satisfy future end-user needs. NGMN will work together with all ecosystem stakeholders to promote an orchestrated effort for global and aligned 5G development. The results of this activity will be published in the "NGMN 5G White Paper".


The project teams will work in a top-down approach on the areas "Vision 2020: Use cases and implications", "Requirements", "Architecture and Technologies" and "Spectrum" with additional areas, e.g. IPR, to be added at a later stage. The requirements will thereby be developed with an end-to-end perspective, recognising that the scope of 5G extends significantly beyond the radio access layer.


The public version of the 5G White Paper will be delivered before the end of 2014, intended to support the standardisation and subsequent availability of 5G technology. The White Paper will set challenging technical and other ecosystem requirements for 5G, and accelerate the adoption of emerging technology innovations. The 5G White Paper will be publicly presented at the Opens external link in new windowNGMN Industry Conference in March 2015 in Frankfurt (Germany) as a unique, global next generation mobile innovation summit on 5G.


To execute the NGMN Work Programme, a number of projects have been established within the NGMN Alliance. Each project has a defined scope and dedicated objectives and is staffed with participants from the NGMN Partners (Members, Sponsors, and Advisors) as appropriate. Currently, the following projects are being executed within NGMN:



  • Use cases and current practice: Mobile CDN deployment, transparent cache, access cache, coordination with the core nodes
  • Architecture and functionalities: CDN functional entities in core and access network
  • 3GPP EPC enhancements to support mobile content delivery



  • Centralized RAN (C-RAN): RAN sharing, functional split radio/digital unit, virtualisation
  • Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP): Performance/CoMP schemes evaluation, CoMP based on C-RAN architecture
  • Backhaul / Fronthaul architecture and use cases
  • Multi-RAN architecture, Dynamic Spectrum Allocation

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  • Configuration Management
  • Performance Management
  • Service Inventory Management
  • Architecture scenarios for management of converged networks
  • Verification of compliance to the standard specifications



  • System architecture and functional requirements – focus on 3GPP technologies and Wi-Fi
  • Operational issues and SON requirements for Small Cells
  • Multi-vendor network definition and deployment
  • Small Cell backhaul solutions: Inclusion of LTE-A features




SDO alignment and co-ordination




  • Requirements on band plans for new IMT bands, evaluation of applicability for TDD/ FDD, requirements for WRC
  • Input to other NGMN projects with regards to spectrum issues



  • Open baseband remote-radio-head interface (at BTS) – Project initially launched at NGMN and then transferred to ETSI in order to develop the related standards
  • Monitoring, issue tracking and support still through NGMN committees

Working Principles

The NGMN Work Programme is a collaborative work programme in which all NGMN Partners (Members, Sponsors and Advisors) contribute to agreed project objectives and deliverables on a voluntary basis at their own costs.

The NGMN Work Programme is governed by a tollgate process to initiate, approve and finalise Projects and a deliverable process to produce, approve and disseminate/publish NGMN deliverables which are required to achieve the NGMN objectives. NGMN Projects are created at the direction of the NGMN Board and supervised by the NGMN Operating Committee. Projects are led by a Project Leader who is a representative from an NGMN Member or Sponsor.

Participants of Projects may adopt different roles such as Lead, Contributor, or Reviewer. In addition, the NGMN Programme Office is supporting the Projects in the areas of programme and process management, tools, electronic communication and workplace facilities, as well as administrative matters. Projects are organised as virtual distributed teams which make extensive use of electronic communications and teleconferencing, but also conduct regular physical meetings and workshops.

In general, work within the NGMN Work Programme is contribution-driven, i.e. depends largely on the active involvement and contributions from the individual NGMN Partners. Decision making and the creation, review and agreement of deliverables are generally based on a consensus principle. All deliverables require final approval by the Operating Committee and/or Board.