NGMN Forum kindly hosted by Orange
April 17 - 18, 2018
Orange hosted an NGMN Forum meeting from April 17 to 18, 2018 in their state of the art Orange Gardens premises in Chatillon, south of Paris, France. International NGMN Partners (Operators, Vendors and Research representatives) reviewed status of the currently ongoing NGMN projects, discussed about potential future mobile communication use-cases and the related requirements. The Forum was accompanied by various very interesting demos from Orange, Keysight, Nokia, DT and InterDigital.
Alongside the NGMN Forum the following working groups took the opportunity to schedule face to face meetings: Network Management and Orchestration, RAN Functional Split, Security Competence Team, Trial & Testing Initiative and the IPR Forum.
Thank you to all of the sponsors: Orange, Ericsson, InterDigital, Huawei and Nokia for providing culinary highlights to the event.
Emmanuel Lugagne-Delpon, SVP Orange Labs Networks and NGMN Board Member, expressed how Orange very much values NGMN’s activities especially in the area of Trials and Testing. He further mentioned that Orange is honoured to host the NGMN Forum meeting and all collocated project meetings.
Peter Meissner in turn welcomed Orange’s support in NGMN’S effort to develop key 5G requirements. As he stated NGMN expects 5G to enable countless new use cases and services.
Three years after the publication of the NGMN 5G White Paper in 2015, the NGMN Alliance presents the operator perspective of the 5G technology development during the Mobile World Congress 2018. The announcement addresses five major aspects of 5G, with the headline:
“5G — five things you need to know about 5G and what it delivers”.
Over the last years, NGMN has been working on many projects, guiding the work of the standard developing organisations. The accelerated completion of the standard for the non-standalone new radio (NSA-NR) last December by 3GPP has moved 5G to the trial and early deployment phase. At this important milestone, the NGMN Board has decided to publish its viewpoint on 5G with the following key messages:
- 5G will provide communication capabilities far beyond current networks and support a much wider ecosystem with a broad set of use cases and applications.
- 5G is evolutionary - with the potential for revolutionary applications.
- 5G brings favourable economics by new technologies and deployment scenarios.
- 5G will come soon - first commercial 5G equipment will be available by the end of 2018.
- Work on 5G is not complete yet: NGMN activities will be focusing on key challenges for successful 5G delivery.
Members of the NGMN Board of Directors, representing operators from Asia, Europe and North America, conveyed the messages to the audience during a Press and Industry Briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, followed by a Q&A session.
Johan Wibergh, Chairman of the Board, said: “NGMN wants to cut through the hype around 5G and present a realistic view of the current status, as well as the work which still needs to be done over the next few years to evolve towards the full potential of 5G. The work programme of NGMN will continue to guide and drive the technical requirements of 5G, recognising that we are just at the start of the journey. NGMN will continue to support the development of a healthy ecosystem for all stakeholders.”
Dr. Peter Meissner, CEO of NGMN, and Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of WBA, have signed a memorandum of understanding between both organisations on 26th February 2018 at MWC 2018. Both organisations have a reciprocal interest in supporting their conferences and in maintaining a complementary approach in their work areas; both are interested in having sustainable technology solutions for 5G, a healthy 5G ecosystem and a business environment that allows for a successful technological evolution of the next-generation mobile broadband systems. NGMN and WBA wish to enhance the ability of all stakeholders in offering cost-effective wireless broadband services for the benefit of their customers and with the objective of improving efficiencies, quality and the customer experience of such services.