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.

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 strongly recommends to adopt a forward-thinking, technology-neutral approach in developing the EU’s C-ITS strategy.

The letter, addressed to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, calls upon European legislators to reconsider the current EC Delegated Act by including C-V2X on the list of potential technologies that European stakeholders may pursue and allow the market to decide which technology prevails.

The board urges that given its importance, the Delegated Act adoption should not be rushed but conducted in transparent consultation with all stakeholders.

A recent white paper on V2X technology published earlier this year by NGMN was also included, outlining the advantages of cellular technology over the less desirable wi-fi technology currently being considered.