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Press and Industry Briefing on February 27, 2024

NGMN Press & Industry Briefing @MWC 2024

NGMN Press & Industry Briefing 2024 

27 February 2024 – MWC24 in Barcelona, live on the Deutsche Telekom stage

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The annual NGMN Press & Industry Briefing at Mobile World Congress 2024 took centre stage at the Deutsche Telekom booth showcasing a stellar lineup of senior industry experts representing different geo-regions of the globe.

Arash Ashouriha – Chairman of the NGMN Alliance Board and SVP Group Technology at Deutsche Telekom – and Anita Döhler – CEO at NGMN Alliance – jointly reviewed last years’ achievements and provided an update on strategy and topics for 2024.

Accompanied by further NGMN Alliance Board Members they underscored the significant advantages derived from its unwavering commitment to provide impactful guidance in the areas Route to Disaggregation/Operating Disaggregated Networks, Green Future Networks, and 6G and delved deeper into NGMN’s significant publications: “6G Position Statement: An Operator View” and “Cloud Native Manifesto: An Operator View’”. Further they announced the IC&E 24 – NGMN’s global biennial Industry Conference & Exhibition.

The presentations was followed by an open Q&A session.

Board Members on stage in alphabetical order: Jérôme Birot/TELUS, Carlos Fernandes/DT, Yuhong Huang/China Mobile, Luke Ibbetson/Vodafone, Laurent Leboucher/Orange, Narothum Saxena/UScellular and Takki Yu/SK Telecom.

Please find further information and materials here.

 

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The countdown has started! NGMN´s Industry Conference & Exhibition 2024 is coming to Germany!

The countdown has started! NGMN´s Industry Conference & Exhibition 2024 is coming to Germany!

We are very excited to announce the IC&E 24 – NGMN’s global biennial Industry Conference & Exhibition – coming next year to Munich, Germany.

From 10 – 12 September 2024 you can expect:

• progressive keynotes,
• inspiring networking opportunities,
• agile panels and
• diverse exhibition spaces.

Set at the famous BMW Welt, this exclusive event will feature the world’s leading mobile network operators, vendors, system integrators and academia to jointly explore the future of mobile communications, set around our three focus topics: Operating Disaggregated Networks, Green Future Networks and 6G.

Exclusive sponsoring and exhibition opportunities for our Members & Partners are reserved.

Be the first to secure your exclusive sponsoring and exhibition options here: ICE24@ngmn.org

 

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NGMN publishes Cloud Native Manifesto

Setting industry’s call to action to drive cloud native adoption


Frankfurt, Germany, 13
September 2023. Today, the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) published the “Cloud Native Manifesto: An Operator View”. This important publication provides key principles and requirements for Cloud Native Telecom from an operator’s point of view, and a clear view on the focus required by the industry in order to accelerate the adoption of cloud native solutions in mobile networks. “Cloud Native” refers to a way of designing and operating applications, network functions and services in an open and flexible environment with the intention to enable greater efficiency in operations and faster time to market for new services, thereby enabling operators to meet their customers’ needs. 

“Given the strategic impact of the move towards cloud native, the already experienced and foreseen implications in its adoption for operators, and the multiple options and paths provided by industry players, it is the belief of the NGMN Board that a clear position on cloud native is required,” said Arash Ashouriha, Chairman of the NGMN Board and SVP Group Technology at Deutsche Telekom. “With this publication – written by the NGMN Board and invited operator experts – we provide that steering to the industry by outlining a clear set of prioritised calls to action, which, once addressed, will drive the migration at scale towards cloud native network workloads, for the benefit of the ecosystem and end-users”, he added. 

“Whilst the industry is embracing cloud native as a paradigm to boost efficiency and enhance flexibility for current and future networks, it is clear that several issues remain, which will hamper the objective to achieve scale deployment – unless these are urgently, consistently and cohesively addressed through an industry wide effort” said Mauro Costa, NGMN Board Member and Director of Network Cloud and Continuous Delivery at Telia Company. “In particular, together with the entire industry, we need to ensure that solutions can be truly cloud native and multi-vendor and that we have the tools and processes in place to enable these” he added. 

On the journey to highly flexible, sustainable, and resilient networks for the future, the NGMN Board believes in applying the following cloud native principles to all layers of network infrastructure, applications and services*: 

  1. Decoupled infrastructure and application lifecycles over vertical monoliths  
  2. ‘API first’ over manual provisioning of network resources  
  3. Declarative and intent-based automation over imperative workflows  
  4. GitOps** principles over traditional network operations practices 
  5. Unified Kubernetes (or the like) resource consumption patterns over domain-specific resource controllers 
  6. Unified Kubernetes (or the like) closed-loop reconciliation patterns over vendor-specific element management practices  
  7. Interoperability by well-defined certification processes over vendor-specific optimisation. 

Through its Operating Disaggregated Networks (ODiN) project, NGMN continues to shape and develop processes to enable the industry – operators and vendors – to efficiently manage the full lifecycle of disaggregated networks. The Cloud Native Manifesto will play an important role in advancing this work of NGMN to deliver a set of operating model blueprints for disaggregated networks. The ODiN project, led by Deutsche Telekom and co-led by Bell Canada and Smart/PLDT, working with the entire value chain at NGMN, will publish its next recommendations at MWC2024.   

“As an industry alliance, we focus on collaboration, to unlock the smartest opportunities and to solve the biggest challenges the industry faces”, said Anita Doehler, CEO NGMN Alliance. “With this manifesto, coupled with the work of our ODiN project, we are providing a solid foundation for the industry to move forward at pace with adopting this key technology”, she added. 

Special acknowledgements go to the following Operator Members, who made significant contributions to the development of this publication: Bell Canada, BT, Chunghwa Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Smart/PLDT, Telia, TELUS, Turkcell, Vodafone. 

The full Cloud Native Manifesto can be downloaded here

 

* Does not imply order of priority
** Everything as code, single point of truth, immutable source of trust

 

About the NGMN Alliance

The NGMN Alliance (NGMN) is a forum founded by world-leading Mobile Network Operators and open to all Partners in the mobile industry. Its goal is to ensure that next generation network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and ultimately will satisfy end user demand and expectations. The vision of NGMN is to provide impactful industry guidance to achieve innovative, sustainable and affordable mobile telecommunication services for the end user with a particular focus on Mastering the Route to Disaggregation / Operating Disaggregated Networks, Green Future Networks and 6G, whilst continuing to support 5G’s full implementation.

NGMN seeks to incorporate the views of all interested stakeholders in the telecommunications industry and is open to three categories of participants/NGMN Partners: Mobile Network Operators (Members), vendors, software companies and other industry players (Contributors), as well as research institutes (Advisors). NGMN invites all parties across the entire value chain to join the Alliance in these important endeavours.

 

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Cloud Native Manifesto

On our journey to highly flexible, sustainable, and resilient networks for the future, we believe in applying the following cloud native principles to all layers of network infrastructure, applications, and services*:

1. Decoupled infrastructure and application lifecycles over vertical monoliths;

2. ‘API first’ over manual provisioning of network resources;

3. Declarative and intent-based automation over imperative workflows;

4. GitOps** principles over traditional network operations practices;

5. Unified Kubernetes (or the like) resource consumption patterns over domain-specific resource controllers;

6. Unified Kubernetes (or the like) closed-loop reconciliation patterns over vendorspecific element management practices; and

7. Interoperability by well-defined certification processes over vendor-specific optimisation.

We also believe that openness and compatibility principles need to be key drivers of future Telecom and network services implementations to ensure we leverage Cloud Native principles to encourage software – orchestration – and hardware disaggregation.

Building a cloud native architecture calls for a joint effort among telecom operators, suppliers, and partners. This is described in this document by stating a few principal requirements and by outlining the area of focus for this journey from an operator point of view.

* Does not imply order of priority

** Everything as code, single point of truth, immutable source of trust

 

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Open Telco Latam Summit

Our NGMN Board Member Javan Erfanian spoke on June 22nd at the TeleSemana Open Telco Latam Summit.

At this main virtual event on open networks in Latin America, our NGMN Board Member Javan Erfanian, Distinguished Member of Technology, Wireless Network, Bell Canada, shared insights on one of our key focus topics Mastering the Route to Disaggregation and how NGMN is enabling the adoption of disaggregated networks by focusing on the E2E operating model.

Find all session on demand here.

Discover our latest ODiN publications here:
ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks V1.0 (https://lnkd.in/ejFmNWhj)
ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks V2.0 (https://lnkd.in/eqHH6d6j)

 

The NGMN Alliance focuses on the most relevant topics of mobile telecommunications today and in the future – addressing and embracing the entire value chain. We develop impactful guidance through true global collaboration between operators, vendors, and research organisations. We encourage interested industry players to join our endeavour for the benefit of the ecosystem at large!

 

 

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Thank you for joining our annual NGMN Press & Industry Briefing at Mobile World Congress on February 28th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm CET live on stage at the Deutsche Telekom stage (3M31).

Our Chairman of the Board Arash Ashouriha (SVP Group Technology, Deutsche Telekom), together with our CEO Anita Döhler as well as the other Board Members Carlos Fernandes (VP Lead Partner Manager, Deutsche Telekom), Laurent Leboucher (Group CTO and Senior Vice President, Orange Innovation Networks), Luke Ibbetson (Head of Group R&D, Vodafone) and Mike Irizarry (Executive Vice President & CTO, UScellular) have been excited to share our achievements, findings and best practices with regards to our strategic focus topics:

  • Mastering the Route to Disaggregation / Operating Disaggregated Networks
  • Green Future Networks
  • 6G

We invite you to also check out our recently published actionable recommendations and guidelines for two of our strategic focus topics:

1) 6G Requirements and Design Considerations:https://bit.ly/3YYGHtj
2) Green Future Networks: KPIs and Target Values for Green Network Assessment:
https://bit.ly/3Ew5Zqf
3) Green Future Networks: Telco Supply Chain Sustainability:https://bit.ly/41szHX5

Many thanks to all participants who joined in person and virtually. The presentation can be downloaded here:

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NGMN Paves the Way for Disaggregated Networks’ Operating Models

Frankfurt, Germany, October 18, 2022. Today, the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance has launched its second publication on “ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks v2.0”, which provides a detailed breakdown on how disaggregation impacts an operator’s organisation and processes. The publication covers RAN, core and transport disaggregation and outlines how planning, deployment, service provision, optimisation and maintenance processes will be impacted. In addition, the publication highlights the impact on processes of cloudification and the need to move towards the use of greater network automation whilst embracing DevSecOps. The opportunities, challenges and the impact on network testing are also explained. Developed by the NGMN Alliance’s Partners – operators, vendors, system integrators, and research institutes – the new publication builds on “ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks v1.0” from October 2021, which outlined the opportunities and challenges of network disaggregation.

Arash Ashouriha, SVP Group Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom and Chairman of the NGMN Alliance Board, states: “The successful and cost-effective adoption of disaggregated network technologies, enabling an agile implementation of innovative technologies with improved capabilities to react fast on customer demand, requires new modi operandi. In NGMN, we specifically focus on the operating model of disaggregated networks. We at Deutsche Telekom are glad to lead this initiative, working with our co-leads, who represent other geo-locations, and with the entire value chain in NGMN. “

Arvin L. Siena, Vice President & Head – Technology Strategy and Transformation Office, PLDT & Smart Communications and NGMN Alliance Board Director, adds: “The telecommunications industry has embarked on an exciting journey. One that has started to disrupt the foundations of how networks are planned, designed, built, and operated, through their adoption of network disaggregation leading towards cloud-native strategies. As Co-Lead of the ODiN Project, we are excited to push this forward together with our NGMN Partners.”

Javan Erfanian, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Canada and NGMN Alliance ODiN Project Co-Lead and Board Member, further explains:” Network disaggregation sets out the foundations for an agile and flexible future, setting the scene for operators to meet the needs of increasingly diverse use cases – across a wide range of industry sectors and with a wide range of requirements. We are very excited to work together with the operators and the entire value chain on industry solutions, enabling the industry to successfully embrace and bring to fruition network disaggregation and cloudification.”

Phase two of the NGMN Alliance ODiN Project demonstrates that, while the depth and extent of changes are indeed huge, there are broad concepts, initiatives and activities that aim to support and even accelerate the transition. From standardisation to alliances, from open proof-of-concept and integration labs to knowledge sharing and transfer, activities were collectively identified to support operators and the whole value chain in making disaggregation a success.

In the next step, the NGMN Alliance will work on more detailed guidance by outlining network disaggregation architectural options and related operating model blueprints, matched to specific deployment scenarios and operator needs. It is anticipated that “ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks v3.0” will be released in 2023.

Download the ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks v2.0 publication here.

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Operating Disaggregated Networks V2.0

“ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks v2.0”, provides a detailed breakdown on how disaggregation impacts an operator’s organisation and processes. The publication covers RAN, core and transport disaggregation and outlines how planning, deployment, service provision, optimisation and maintenance processes will be impacted. In addition, the publication highlights the impact on processes of cloudification and the need to move towards the use of greater network automation whilst embracing DevSecOps. The opportunities, challenges and the impact on network testing are also explained. Developed by the NGMN Alliance’s Partners – operators, vendors, system integrators, and research institutes –, the new publication builds on “ODiN – Operating Disaggregated Networks v1.0” from October 2021, which outlined the opportunities and challenges of network disaggregation.

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ONE6G SUMMIT

10th November, 2022 – Online
The event will gather over 20 international experts from policy, industry, and academia who will talk about the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead as we embark on the exciting new journey toward a hyper-connected world. The speakers will share their insights, visions, and roadmaps, covering subjects ranging from 6G spectrum and testbeds to enabling technologies, among other related topics.
Join us on November 10, 2022, to learn more about global 6G research and related initiatives. Registration is open. Full agenda will be released soon.
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THE TOTAL TELECOM CONGRESS

1st – 2nd November, 2022 – London
The communications ecosystem is changing and so too are the players within. Building trust and reputation whilst also staying ahead in the technology race are the keys to success. What makes the modern telco? What is needed from leadership to drive change and innovation? Join us for Total Telecom Congress 2022 to find out the answers. Total Telecom Congress brings together the senior leaders shaping the future of the global telecoms market. This year’s agenda will focus on the key strategic priorities which are being discussed in telco boardrooms around the world delving into 12 key themes across the 2 days.