NGMN Industry Conference 2020

The NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2020 - kindly supported by Orange - presents:


The Unique Journey to 5G Commercial Success

Join us on April 21st - 23rd 2020 in Paris, France to:

  • Get insights from first class speakers, thought leaders and key players from ICT and vertical industries
  • See hands on demonstrations on latest technology, innovative products and exciting applications
  • Understand in which ways 5G is a game changer, shifting paradigms and changing all of our lives
  • Discover how the industry takes off and delivers on the promises made on 5G
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with CXO level participants from our operator and industry partners


This conference and exhibition will highlight:  

  • Experience with up and running 5G networks globally
  • Holistic view on performance, security and customer experience  
  • New services and business models driving technology evolution
  • Current and future vertical industry use cases and applications
  • Exhibition and demonstration of latest 5G technology
  • Technology outlook and innovations beyond 5G

The must attend event of 2020!


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View our speakers and an overview from last year's conference here:

Telecom Review on Cyber Security

9th April 2019

Telecom Review published a number of interviews with NGMN Board Directors on cyber security. The articles are definitely worth reading if you want to hear the latest on security from world leading mobile operators!

Immersive 5G Experience

NGMN Chairman Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon at Mobile World Congress 2019

Emmanuel Lugagne highlights the potential of 5G-powered augmented reality and other use cases, which will make use of the increased capacity and speed of 5G technologies.

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:

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)