To implement the NGMN vision and accomplish the overall objectives of NGMN, a comprehensive Work Programme has been set up within the NGMN Alliance. The NGMN Work Programme covers key aspects that need to be addressed in order to develop a fertile next-generation mobile broadband ecosystem.
The NGMN work programme is a collaborative work programme in which all NGMN Partners (Mobile Network Operators, Vendors/Manufacturers and Research/Academia) contribute to agreed project objectives and deliverables on a voluntary basis at their own costs.
The NGMN work programme is governed by a tollgate process to initiate, approve and finalise projects and a deliverable process to produce, approve and disseminate/publish NGMN deliverables which are required to achieve the NGMN objectives. NGMN projects are created at the direction of the NGMN Board and supervised by the NGMN 5G Board Committee. Projects are led by a representative of one of the NGMN partner companies.
Participants of projects may adopt different roles such as lead, contributor, or reviewer. In addition, the NGMN Programme Office is supporting the projects in the areas of programme and process management, tools, electronic communication and workplace facilities, as well as administrative matters. Projects are organised as virtual distributed teams which make extensive use of electronic communications and teleconferencing, but also conduct regular physical meetings and workshops.
In general, work within the work programme is contribution-driven, i.e. depends largely on the active involvement and contributions from the individual partners. Decision making and the creation, review and agreement of deliverables are generally based on a consensus principle. All deliverables require final approval by the Board.
In its projects, task-forces and workshops, the NGMN Alliance:
- establishes clear functional and non functional requirements for mobile networks of the next generation
- lays out scenarios for effective spectrum utilisation
- shares operational experience in up and running networks
- gives input to standards developing organisations
- identifies and removes barriers to successful implementation of attractive mobile services
- provides a networking platform to assess and to address technology challenges
- evaluates and drives technology evolution towards 5G
E2E Architecture Framework
- Sebastian Thalanany, US Cellular
The purpose of this project is to develop a high-level framework of architecture principles and requirements with building blocks that provide guidance and direction for NGMN partners and standards development organisations in the shaping of the 5G suite of interoperable capabilities, enablers, and services. It builds on the architectural concepts and proposals implied by the NGMN White Paper and subsequent deliverables published by NGMN.
The elements of functional virtualisation, shift of computing to the edges of the network, and leveraging of spectrum distribution and flexibility, are among the dominant themes that shape the 5G ecosystem. Optimisation of operational and performance efficiencies, while creating and delivering an exceptional and customisable user experience is of paramount significance.
RAN Convergence 5G/Wi-Fi Convergence (Joint project with WBA)
- Kevin Holley, BT
Focus on achieving a better Wi-Fi and Cellular 5G user experience
RAN Convergence – 5G Home Gateway
- Christian Gallard, Orange
5G Small Cells at Home
Extreme Long Range Communication for Deep Rural Coverage
- Sebastien Jeux, Orange
Set operator requirements for extreme rural environments and give guidelines for deployments
RF Cluster Connector Task Force
- Tomas Sedlacek, Deutsche Telekom
In phase one the project was targeting the early 5G 8T8R deployment with time to market as key driver, and in phase 2 it is targeting a long term solution capable of handling all foreseen relevant port combination cases.
5G Security Competence Team
- Minpeng Qi, China Mobile
- Focus on 5G security related topics raised by other NGMN
- In addition working on security of network capability exposure in 5G
- Revising and updating deliverables produced by the previous security work stream
5G Trial and Testing Initiative
- Philippe Besson, Orange
- Enabling a global collaboration on testing activities
- Consolidating contributions and report on industry progress
- Testing future 5G use-cases with industry stakeholders (e.g. from vertical industries)
in order to
- Support an efficient, successful, and in-time 5G technology and service introduction
- Ensure the development of globally aligned 5G technology and service solutions
- Identify and promote new business opportunities
All leading global Operators, Vendors and Research Institutes involved in a 4 phases endeavour. The activities are conducted autonomously by the Partners. The Trial Initiative make them consistent e.g. by common test specifications and by comparison and sharing of the results.
Base Station Antenna Standardization
The result of the project on Base Station Antenna Standards is an Implementation Recommendation which helps the telecommunication industry to establish industry-wide accepted antenna standards for the benefit of its customers.
The scope of the project is to:
- Collect existing base station antenna standards
- Develop specific recommendations on standards
- Update the currently existing Whitepaper
Just recently the project decided to include Active Antennas also in their scope of work.
- Stephan Apetrei, Orange
Providing continuous contributions to international fora and groups regarding NGMN spectrum requirements, in order to ensure the allocation of sufficient spectrum for future 5G services.
The project is currently in dormant mode until after WRC-19.
5G IPR Forum
- Serge Raes, Orange
Engage with relevant industry partners to develop implementation plans for the 5G IPR recommendations outlined in the NGMN 5G White Paper.
- Aim to improve 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) declarations.
- Establish independent 5G SEP assessments.
- Explore and establish an appropriate 5G patent pool framework.
- Address the emerging need for software licensing in the mobile industry and, in particular, as regards Open Source.
- Work based on the 5G IPR principles in NGMN White Paper:
- In general support from operators. contributors and advisors;
- No duplication of work in other foras (e.g. ETSI, GSMA, ITU);
- Learn from experience in vertical sectors;
- Reach out to other non-3GPP SDOs,
Service Based Architecture (Phase 3)
- Dan Wang, China Mobile
- Hans Einsiedler, Deutsche Telekom
Investigate high-level requirements, use cases and guidelines for how operators can efficiently introduce and operate a service
RAN Functional Split
Richard MacKenzie, BT
Main objective is an assessment of the RAN decomposition for 5G networks.
The 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) architecture allows for a range of deployment options, supporting a range of 5G services. There are multiple options on functional split (how the RAN can be disaggregated into distributed and centralised components), which offer different trade-offs. As the industry progresses, we are starting to understand more details about these trade-offs. This project aims to provide latest updates on the functional split options that might be considered for 5G, and provide insight into how these splits might be deployed.
Devices and Chipsets for 5G
- Camillo Carlini, Telecom Italia
The Project’s main objectives can be structured in four lines of actions:
- to systematically collect and communicate info on 5G status (conformance testing, field tests), test platform validation, availability of certified devices, 5G field test qualified (FTQ) operators live networks
- to discuss, aggregate and prioritize operators technical requirements for 5G devices, based on different UE types (eMBB, IoT, URLLC, Industrial…) and degree of maturity of targeted features (with regards to 3GPP Release: 15, 16…)
- to discuss test methodologies and benchmarks to evaluate over-the-air performance of 5G commercial devices; this may include a part on 5G devices power consumption performances
- to analyse and define way-forward on how to handle, in real deployment scenarios, the coexistence between legacy devices, 5G NSA devices and 5G SA devices
Verticals URLLC Requirements
- Lei Cao, China Mobile
The Project’s current objective is to identify and evaluate realistic end-to-end 5G network deployment configurations that can potentially deliver the 5G URLLC services for verticals. Also, the project elaborates on a description of 5G URLLC technology enablers which make it possible to serve several new vertical use cases.
Spectrum & Deployment Efficiencies
- Steve Babbage, Vodafone
Identify and assess different approaches to small cell cost sharing