NGMN Press & Industry Briefing at Mobile World Congress 2017

Barcelona, Spain, 28th February 2017


A highly interesting NGMN Press & Industry Briefing took place on Day 2 of Mobile World Congress 2017. The Briefing was headed by Johan Wibergh, Group CTO, Vodafone and NGMN Chairman of the Board, the host Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Group CTO, Deutsche Telekom, as well as Peter Meissner, CEO of NGMN. The following panellists rounded off the group, representing the regions Asia, Europe and Americas:


  • Liu Guangyi (CTO of Wireless Department, China Mobile)
  • Alain Maloberti (SVP, Orange Lab Networks, Orange)
  • YongGyoo Lee (Vice President Network Strategy Business Unit, KT)
  • Günther Ottendorfer (COO, Sprint)
  • Vijay Perumbeti (AVP, Standards and Industry Alliances, AT&T)

The NGMN Board executives revealed to the intrigued audience of over 120 people the new key activities of the NGMN work programme and outlined guidelines and business considerations to address the upcoming challenges and to reach the envisaged 5G service and performance objectives.

The audience included further NGMN Board Directors, top management representatives of NGMN industry and research partners as well as international analysts and press representatives. Many interesting questions were asked e.g. on spectrum requirements, the NGMN IPR framework and 5G use cases.

Thank you to Deutsche Telekom for hosting the NGMN Press & Industry Briefing at MWC 2017!

NGMN Alliance and 5GAA sign Co-operation Agreement

Barcelona, Spain February 27, 2017


The 5G Automotive Alliance (5GAA) and the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance have announced to strengthen their relationship and to foster a closer co-operation in the area of 5G-based V2X solutions.

Follow this link to read the full press release.

NGMN and 5GAA sign the Cooperation Agreement
Signature event of the Cooperation agreement between NGMN (Dr. Peter Meissner, left) and 5GAA (Christoph Voigt)

NGMN Forum Meeting January 2017 in Singapore

From 17th to 20th January 2017, NGMN Members, Contributors and Advisors met in Singapore for an NGMN Forum meeting kindly hosted by Singtel, as well as a project meeting on V2X and a Network and Service Management workshop.


The Forum was attended by about 100 participants. In addition to all of our internal presentations the NGMN partners had the opportunity to hear from Aileen Chia, the Director General of Regulation in Singapore as well as Andreas Gegenfurtner, President of the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital radio. Thank you to all presenters and moderators for their valuable contributions.


The Forum was rounded off by an exhibition organized by Singtel and taking place in the same venue for the duration of the meetings. The highly interesting exhibition showcased updates on 5G from the NGMN partners Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE. 


The NGMN workgroup V2X lead by Feng Li and Feifei Lou from China Mobile as well as Johannes Springer from T-Systems, took the opportunity to meet in Singapore and were able to hold a very productive meeting with a great perspective on the way forward.


Klaus Martiny from Deutsche Telekom held a workshop on Network and Service Management for 5G at the end of the week, which attracted more participants to join than expected. 

A big Thank You goes out to Singtel for hosting and supporting these events and for making them such a success.


We look forward to seeing you at the next Forum scheduled to take place in Seattle in October this year.

NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2016

The NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2016 on 12-13 October in Frankfurt was again a great success. With more than 400 attendees the participation level that was even higher than last year!


NGMN would like to thank all speakers, moderators, panellist, exhibitors, event sponsors, event cooperation partners, event media partners and all conference and exhibition participants for making this a very successful and memorable event.


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 during these 1.5 days.


Most importantly, we definitely achieved to provide a comprehensive overview on the “Status of Demand & Delivery of 5G” with a first-class line-up of top management speakers and panellists.


We hope that you have received valuable insights from the excellent speeches and discussions at the conference and from the world-leading exhibition of our Partners.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next NGMN Industry Conference.


NGMN Alliance appoints new Board of Directors and elects Johan Wibergh as Chairman

The Annual General Meeting of the NGMN Alliance appointed new Board Members on October 12th, 2016. The new Board Members elected for the period from 2016 to 2018 are:


  • Tom Keathley, SVP Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T
  • Bruce Rodin, VP Wireless Networks, Bell Canada
  • Ameet Shah, Group Strategy Director, BT
  • Huang Yuhong, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile
  • Shyang-Yih Chen, President of Telecom. Laboratories, Chunghwa Telecom
  • Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom
  • Paul Berriman, Group CTO, Hong Kong Telecom
  • Jacob Groote, VP Mobile Operations, KPN
  • Seong-Mok Oh, SEVP and Head of Network Group, KT
  • Armin Huewels, VP Wireless Technologies, Liberty Global
  • Doug Smith, CEO, Ligado Networks
  • Seizo Onoe, CTO and Member of the Board, NTT DOCOMO
  • Alain Maloberti, SVP, Orange Labs Networks, Orange
  • Tay Soo Meng, Group CTO, Singtel
  • Jin-Hyo Park, SVP and Head of Network Technology R&D Centre, SK Telecom
  • Günther Ottendorfer, COO Technology, Sprint
  • Sandro Dionisi, Director of Global Advisory Services, Telecom Italia
  • Enrique Blanco, Group CTO, Telefonica
  • Wolfgang Fleischer, Head of Network Virtualization, Telekom Austria
  • Mats Svärdh, Head of Networks & IT Infrastructure, Global Services & Operations, Telia Company
  • Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS
  • Neville Ray, EVP and CTO, T-Mobile US
  • Gediz Sezgin, Chief Network Technologies Officer, Turkcell
  • Michael S. Irizarry, EVP & CTO Engineering and Information Services, US Cellular
  • Adam Koeppe, VP of Network Technology Planning, Verizon
  • Tommy Ljunggren, Group Director Architecture and Security, VimpelCom
  • Johan Wibergh, Group CTO, Vodafone
  • Peter Meissner, CEO, NGMN


At its first meeting, the Board of Directors elected Johan Wibergh from Vodafone as new NGMN Chairman. The Board also agreed to focus its work-programme in the next years on key industry areas, in particular, international 5G trials and testing, end-to-end architecture, IPR and spectrum demand. In addition, the Board highlighted its commitment to maintain and grow NGMN’s network of industry vertical representatives for the work on 5G solutions addressing future business opportunities.

In his concluding remarks, Johan Wibergh stated: “I am honoured to be appointed as the Chairman of the NGMN Board and want to express my sincere appreciation to the former Chairman Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. Under his leadership the NGMN Alliance has grown significantly and has successfully developed the widely-acknowledged NGMN 5G White Paper. I am fully committed to continue his excellent work and to contribute Vodafone’s expertise in the Alliance’s efforts to shape the 5G development in the coming years.”