Category: Industry Updates

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Palo Alto Networks joins NGMN Alliance

It’s great that Palo Alto Networks is joining the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.

Patrick Donegan, Founder & Principal Analyst at HardenStance Ltd., published a blog post on Palo Alto Networks joining NGMN and the importance of security vendors in NGMN.

Follow this link to the blog post:

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Establishing a New Approach for 5G Security

Palo Alto Networks recently joined the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance to help drive industry recommendations for securing 5G networks.

Please see here a blog post by Peter Margaris from Palo Alto Networks on the NGMN Industry Conference 2018 in Vancouver, 5G, Security and the role of Palo Alto Networks in NGMN:


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5G Americas – Powering the 5G Future with Global Technology Standards

5G Americas Report Details 3GPP Releases 14 to 16 Standards

NGMN Cooperation Partner 5G Americas today announced the publication of  Wireless Technology Evolution: Transition from 4G to 5G which details the extensive standards work by the global organization 3GPP in the development of 5G wireless technology.

3GPP’s robust past of standardizing the technologies that drive the largest mobile wireless ecosystems from GSM to LTE and now to 5G creates the backbone for this unique whitepaper by 5G Americas. LTE and its advanced evolutions, currently deployed on 613 commercial networks worldwide, is expected to be the dominant mobile wireless technology well into the next decade. Now, Release 15 begins the first phase of the 5th generation (5G) of wireless technologies.

While 3GPP Release 14, which was frozen by mid-2017, produced LTE-Advanced Pro features, it also focused on the study items towards 5G mobile wireless technology and architecture including Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) communications.  However, in Release 15, the first phase of normative specifications for 5G provided specifications for a wider range of spectrum bands, from below 6 GHz to millimeter (mm) Wave bands up to 100 GHz enabled by a New Radio (NR) access technology.

“5G Americas expects that the four U.S. national carriers will have launched 5G networks based on the 3GPP standards in the next nine months, building on their global leadership in LTE technology,” commented Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications, 5G Americas and a contributing author to the report. “If appropriate regulatory policies, at the local, state and federal levels, are in place and adequate spectrum resources are allocated in low, mid and high bands, the U.S. could be well-positioned to continue in a leadership role.”

The progress on Release 15 has been significant; responding to requests by numerous leading companies, 3GPP escalated their timeline for Rel-15 Non-Standalone 5G New Radio (NSA 5G NR) specifications which were completed in December 2017. The 5G NSA specifications have an LTE anchor for the control plane communications with a 5G NR cell to boost user data. The Rel-15 Standalone 5G NR specification will work without any reliance on LTE and those specifications were completed in June 2018 along with specifications of the new core network. The new core network specified in Rel-15 will provide interaction with the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) 4G system with orchestration, virtualization, a clearly separate control and user plane, and signaling architecture. Network slicing and Service Level Agreement (SLA) for groups of devices of new vertical industries and services will be provided for by the 5G core specification.

To meet the timeline and full compliance with ITU IMT-2020 requirements, the standardization in Release 16 continues to progress.  Definition of work study items was completed in July 2018, on schedule, with the option of adding additional study and work items in the future, as needed. Release 16, or phase 2 of 5G, will primarily address any outstanding issues in Rel-15, expansion of 5G NR based on C-V2X capabilities, Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), enhancements to Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC), and 5G in operation in unlicensed spectrum and above 52.6 GHz. 5G efficiency improvements in Rel-16 will include enhancements to 5G Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and Big Data capabilities, MIMO enhancements, improved power consumption, support for device capabilities exchange, and a study of support for non-orthogonal multiple-access (NOMA). The Release 16 standards will be completed before the end of 2019 to target the ITU IMT-2020 submission.

The whitepaper takes a step-by-step look behind the curtain at the 3GPP standards for 5G with a detailed status of key areas of work in 3GPP through Release 16, providing an easy and time efficient approach to understanding the technology standards development.

Michael Recchione, Principle Engineer, Mobility CTO Group, Cisco and leader of the 5G Americas working group, explained, “We are looking upon a newly defined era in mobile technology. 3GPP Release 15 marks the start of that new 5G era, the new horizon technology enablers for the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and ultra-reliable low latency communications that will enable connectivity previously unimaginable.”

Wireless Technology Evolution: Transition from 4G to 5G was written by members of 5G Americas and is available for free download on the 5G Americas website. Michael Recchione from Cisco led the white paper working group with support from Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications at 5G Americas.

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NTT DOCOMO Joining the Avanci Licensing Platform as Patent Owner

Dallas, Texas – NGMN Partner Avanci announced today that NGMN partner and mobile operator, NTT DOCOMO, has joined the Avanci Internet of Things platform. NTT DOCOMO will license its entire global portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G standard essential patents through Avanci’s one-stop solution. The Avanci licensing platform now includes 19 patent owners and continues to provide a more efficient way for manufacturers to obtain licenses to the wireless technology needed for their new products.

“We are happy to welcome NTT DOCOMO into Avanci, especially since it is at the forefront of driving the evolution of wireless technology and creating the Internet of Things.” said Kasim Alfalahi, founder and chief executive officer of Avanci. “Having one of the largest mobile operators in the world join our licensing platform demonstrates broad industry support of the open and transparent model that Avanci brings to patent owners and IoT product manufacturers alike.”

The Avanci platform simplifies the way companies share technology by licensing intellectual property from many different patent holders in a single transaction. Avanci’s licenses are offered to all competitors in an industry at the same fair, flat rates that will not increase over the term of the license no matter how many patent owners join the platform.


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Initiative 5G-ACIA has kicked off: Jointly designing 5G for industrial use

The upcoming generation of mobile networks 5G is of great importance for industry.
The “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), which was established at the ZVEI on 3rd April 2018, strives to successfully establish 5G in industrial production and to design it for industrial capability from the outset.

5G makes it possible to implement Industrie 4.0 even faster and to take it to the next level. This technology enables an unprecedented degree of flexibility, versatility and mobility in industrial production. There are many advantages to 5G, including a very powerful wireless networking technology that is suitable even for critical industrial applications.

5G-ACIA is actively contributing to the standardisation and regulation of 5G. At the same time, it identifies and analyses possible use cases and the associated requirements from the perspective of the industrial domain. “5G will become the central nervous system of the Factory of the Future and will have a disruptive impact on industrial production”, says Dr. Andreas Müller (Bosch), Chairman of 5G-ACIA. “For the first time, the 5G-ACIA brings together all the major players worldwide. This enables us to work in a concerted and targeted manner to ensure that the interests of the industry are taken into account accordingly.”

The initiative brings together representatives of the traditional automation and manufacturing industries as well as leading organisations from the ICT industry. The current 26 members include: Beckhoff, Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Endress+Hauser, Ericsson, Festo, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Harting, Hirschmann Automation & Control, Huawei, Infineon, Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT), Institute for Automation and Communication (ifak), Intel, Mitsubishi Electric, Nokia, NXP, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R3 – Reliable Realtime Radio Communications, Siemens, Trumpf, Vodafone, Weidmüller and Yokogawa.

In the white paper “5G for Connected Industries and Automation”, the initiative presents an initial overview of the topic and outlines its objectives.

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Creating a chain of trust in 5G networks

5G promises to be rich in new business models for users and the ecosystem key players (mobile network operators, network & cloud vendors, system integrators…). The requirements imposed on the storage, compute and network domains introduce sizable new risks to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of users’ data and applications. This White Paper provides recommendations of NGMN Partner Gemalto to the 5G world in order to build “a new Trust model for the 5G era“.

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How to protect 5G and virtualized networks from cyber-attacks at the heart of core and multi-access edge clouds

NGMN Partner Gemalto announces a foundational component of their 5G security strategy by bolstering protection against cyber-attacks for the next generation of cloud-based virtualized networks. Their work with NGMN Partner Intel, taking advantage of Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) technology, will deliver a robust processor-level cybersecurity solution for a new, first wave of 5G networks.
Follow this link to read the full press release.

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Sisvel Launches the Mobile Communication Licensing Platform

Luxembourg – Today Sisvel International announces the launch of the Mobile Communication program, a new patent licensing platform that streamlines Sisvel’s offering. All standard essential patents (SEPs) for mobile communication standards held and/or managed by the Sisvel group (3G UMTS and 4G LTE) can be licensed under the concept of a simplified one-stop shop.

“Communication devices are becoming simpler to use, while we are demanding more and more from the quality of service” states David Muus, Program Manager of the Mobile Communication licensing program. “This is possible due to increasingly sophisticated technologies, resulting also in a more complex ecosystem of innovation“, David continues. ”With the Mobile Communication program, Sisvel makes the implementation of the enabling technologies simpler, giving implementers yet another level of peace-of-mind.”

The Mobile Communication program is offered under a running royalty license. In addition, relevant products may be licensed under specific lump sum terms, which involves identifying the IMEI/TAC codes of such products through a compliance process.

“A streamlined joint license with this scope, innovative approach and such options to licensees has never been offered in the market before.”, according to Mattia Fogliacco, CEO of Sisvel International, “Implementers of these various innovations can now rely on a simplified and transparent offering that allows for an easier adoption of the technologies with the necessary license in place.”.

The SEPs offered under license include patents held by a variety of innovative companies, including: 3G Licensing SA (patents formerly owned by Orange), Airbus DS SLC, Koninklijke KPN NV, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Orange SA and Sisvel International SA (patents formerly owned by Nokia). Sisvel International SA now also contributes all its 3G patents to the Mobile Communication program, increasing the value offered to licensees.

For more information about the patents and all the license details, please visit the dedicated section here.

Read the full press release (pdf)

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Via Licensing Announces New Multi-Generational Wireless Programme

Program Offers a License to Patents Essential to Multiple Standards, Including 3G and 4G

San Francisco – Via Licensing, the leading provider of intellectual property solutions, announced today that it is launching a new multi-generational licensing program for wireless technologies. The program offers one of the largest combined cellular standard-essential patent portfolios for licensing connected devices, including smartphones, tablet computers, connected motor vehicles and other IoT devices.

“We are consistently exploring opportunities to advance the adoption of wireless standards across the tech industry and in different industry segments,” said Via President Joe Siino. “We now believe a program offering a combined license to patents covering multiple wireless standards should be made available across various industry sectors, for example connected motor vehicles.”

This new offering is designed to promote an industry-friendly licensing model that establishes fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) pricing terms for the entire wireless industry. Additionally, it offers an effective IP solution for a wide array of products with cellular connectivity, including connected motor vehicles and other IoT devices, and intends to promote transparency, stability and fairness for both licensors and licensees.

Leading companies and innovators, including ones in Via’s existing wireless programs, are working with Via to launch the program. Later this year, Via plans to release additional license offerings for other IoT devices and the first of its kind 5G standard joint patent license offering.

Follow this link to download the full press release (PDF).

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Vodafone and Huawei Complete World’s First 5G Call Using new NSA Standard

Vodafone and Huawei have jointly completed the world’s first call using the Non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP 5G new radio (NR) standard and sub6 GHz spectrum.

The call, using a test network, took place in Spain just ahead of Mobile World Congress which starts on February 26.

The standards organisation 3GPP agreed the Non-standalone global standard for 5G as part of its ‘Release 15’ in December 2017.

In the test, a dual connectivity 4G to 5G live data call was completed using a test device. The connection started on 4G and then established the data connection on 5G. The engineers also successfully tested a live HD video call using the same route.

Follow this link to read the full blog post: