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.

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.