5G future revealed as NGMN gathers leading global operators for briefing on industry use cases building on 5G

Barcelona, Spain, 26th February 2019

 

In a Press & Industry Briefing on February 26th at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the NGMN Alliance successfully brought together key global operators to showcase unique 5G use cases beyond mobile broadband at its press and industry briefing at Mobile World Congress. 

Taking place on the Deutsche Telekom stand with more than 150 attendees, NGMN welcomed speakers from AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom itself. Covering 4G and 5G campus network solutions in industrial and entertainment industries, smart energy, remote medical healthcare, factory automation and 5G powered maintenance for Industry 4.0, the briefing explored 5G expectations in key vertical industries and the next steps the industry needs to take to overcome key challenges. 

“The 5G use cases beyond mobile broadband presented during the briefing have truly highlighted the impact of 5G on fundamental vertical industries,” said NGMN CEO Peter Meissner. “The presentations given by some of the industry’s leading operators have clearly shown the potential that 5G has to transform a variety of industries and the challenges that we must all now work on overcoming in the journey towards 5G.” 

Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, Senior Vice President at Orange Labs Networks and Chairman of the NGMN Board, introduced the session by explaining the potential operator strategies of 5G introduction – starting with enhanced mobile broadband for consumers that seamlessly builds on current networks and then extending towards to the industry focused applications with URLLC ultra reliable low latency communications capabilities.  

The use cases presented covered a broad range of applications: 

  • Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, Senior Vice President at Orange Labs Networks, kicked off the session by revealing why immersive experience for Industry 4.0 needs 5G. 
  • Igal Elbaz, Senior Vice President of Wireless Technology at AT&T, discussed the creation of a 5G zone at the Magic Leap campus in Florida, enabling developers and creators to test applications and devices on a 5G network as the product is being built. 
  • Guangyi Liu, Wireless CTO of China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile, explained how the unique capabilities of 5G technology will enable a different level of automation in energy networks.
  • Seizo Onoe, Chief Technology Architect at NTT DOCOMO and President of DOCOMO Technology, highlighted the medical healthcare trials with partners on 5G remote and mobile diagnosis. 
  • Arash Ashouriha, Senior Vice President of Technology Architecture & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, showcased the 4G and 5G campus network solutions available to industry customers, and the dual slice approach that integrates public and private LTE and 5G connectivity. 
  • Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group R&D Director, closed the presentations by discussing the transformation of factory automation, with a focus on spectrum licensing.


Following the presentations NGMN welcomed questions from the audience which covered a variety of topics, including 5G security, network sharing, QoS of E2E architecture and the role of operators in private networks for vertical industries.

“The briefing reflects the NGMN board’s focus on the strategic priorities for the organisation going forward,” said Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon. “We look forward to continuing these crucial discussions together guiding the evolution of 5G technology.” 

NGMN Recommendations on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) to the European Commission

In a letter from the NGMN board members to the European Commission, NGMN reiterates its position to adopt a forward-thinking, technology-neutral approach in developing the EU’s C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems) strategy.

The letter, addressed to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, calls upon European legislators to reconsider the current EC Draft Delegated Act in order to include cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) on the list of available/mature technologies that European stakeholders may utilise, therefore allowing the market to develop most effectively.

 

NGMN paves the way for the development of 5G patent licensing practices across industry segments

The NGMN Alliance has jointly organized and executed a very successful conference on Licensing Practices in 5G Industry Segments with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), bringing 150 experts from around the world together to discuss licensing practices and challenges of 5G. The conference featured moderators and speakers from some of the biggest names in telecoms, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Ericsson, Nokia and Microsoft. Also in attendance were key stakeholders of vertical industries, including Audi, Bosch, Panasonic and u-Blox, and patent pool administrators, namely Avanci, MPEG-LA, Sisvel and Via Licensing, who co-sponsored the event, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Japanese and the European Patent Offices, and the European Commission. Focusing on the development of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), the conference facilitated sharing and discussing of present-day licensing practices and related issues across different industry segments.

 

A host of insightful sessions took place igniting an inclusive exchange on:

  • Patent licensing practices with interactive discussions that focused on issues stakeholders need to be aware of.
  • Sharing licensors’, licensees’ and pool administrators’ requirements on patent pools/platforms.
  • Identifying proposed practices and conducts for licensors and licensees.
  • Listing requirements for increasing transparency and assessing essentiality of Standard Essential Patents declared to Standards Developing Organisations.

 

The experts welcomed the opportunity to share and discuss amongst themselves present-day licensing practices in the different industry segments and identify requirements and/or constraints that potential licensing administrators of a 5G patent pool framework should take into account. The proposal of NGMN to establish the conference in the future as an open platform to discuss IPR matters relevant for 5G across all industries and across all working groups of SDOs on IPR was welcomed by all participants.

 

The agenda and the presentations of the Conference can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8pxvhn3k833s6e2/NGMN%20ITU%20Conference%205G%20Licensing.zip?dl=0

5G - Transforming the Network: the NGMN Vision

The objectives for 4G primarily had to do with data throughput and cost per bit to support mobile broadband (residential) end-users. 5G is going to change the situation substantially.

5G will not only deliver dramatically increased network capacity and faster connection speeds, it will ultimately bring a step change in the capability of networks to deliver new mobile applications like AR/VR and enriched content. It will enable specific services demanded by enterprises like Vertical Industries with ultra-reliable, low latency communication (URLLC) and massive IoT.

 

Furthermore, 5G introduces a new technology paradigm. Where today networks deliver basically the same service to everyone everywhere, 5G will deliver tailored capabilities and performance for a specific use case at a given point in time and location. Services will get their specific “slice” of the network; network virtualization, alongside further convergence of fixed and mobile networks, will enable serviceson- demand.

 

As never before, mobile networks will go through a tremendous transformation, both on the radio and on the core. NR (new radio) and MEC (edge computing) are key enablers for low latency and high speed while a virtualized core, based on NFV and SDN, supports network slicing to adapt to user demands.

 

Highlighting the key elements of future mobile networks – as NGMN is addressing them in its current work programme – Service Based Architecture (SBA) is given top priority. It’s transforming the 5G core network allowing network services to be implemented in a flexible manner. SBA will be deployed in cloud native environments to achieve serviceability, elasticity, high availability, multi-tenancy and automation.

 

The automotive industry and industry automation are key drivers for transforming the RAN (radio access network) architecture. Their requirements on URLLC cannot be delivered by today’s The objectives for 4G primarily had to do with data throughput and cost per bit to support mobile broadband (residential) end-users. 5G is going to change the situation substantially. Working together networks. Initial studies from NGMN have highlighted the implications and trade-offs that need to be considered. The next step will provide an end-to-end (e2e) technology view on how to meet the various URLLC requirements and what it means for the network architecture. What is implemented in the 5G standard already is the so-called RAN Functional Split between centralized and distributed units. In addition, 5G will see a new type of RAN Convergence, leveraging the capabilities of technologies in licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

 

Two major cross-functional objectives are coming with 5G. One is a holistic approach on e2e security including classical network security (3GPP), implementation security (Software and Hardware) and management as well as application/device security. The other one points to Zero Touch Network & Service Automation to handle the complexity of future networks and to reduce the total cost of ownership. What the concept of Self Organizing Networks promised some years ago will be delivered in future with the support of Artificial Intelligence.

 

We are looking forward to continuing our close and very successful cooperation with ETSI to jointly deliver the huge potential that 5G offers to the benefit of the mobile ecosystem.

 

Dr. Peter Meissner, CEO NGMN Alliance

 

(This article was published in "Enjoy! The ETSI Mag" January 2019)

Thank you to all who attended the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018

With of over 400 participants, more than 60 speakers, 25 exhibitors and 2,5 days of networking, we are delighted to announce that the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 on 6-8 November in Vancouver was again a great success!

It was an honour for us to welcome representatives from all major global Operators, Vendors, Researchers, Governmental Institutions, Standards Development Organisations, and other Industry Stakeholders.

Most importantly, we definitely achieved to provide a comprehensive overview on “5G - First Experience, Evolution & Innovation” with a first-class line-up of world’s top Operator CTO’s, Telco, IT and Vertical Industry Executives and Thought-leaders.

 

Thank you for joining the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 in Vancouver.  It was a pleasure seeing you all there and we thank you for contributing to the overall success of the event!

 

For those of you who were not able to join us,  we have compiled some impressions in the following videos.  We would like to thank all of the participants in the videos that took the time to speak to us and to share their views.