5G World Alliance opens for business

Just as Inside 5G begins its task of plotting who is doing what (see our 5Qs on 5G) to develop and design 5G technology, along comes a new industry alliance – this time coming at 5G from another direction.

The animators this time are those behind IPv6 standardisation – with the founding chair of the 5GWA founding being Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum and a 3GPP Board member since 1999.

The 5GWA mission is to get Telecom, Internet and Content to sit together and design 5G to integrate all layers in the OSI model. 5G is not only about spectrum and access networks

A statement from the 5G World Alliance (5GWA) said it wants to address the current “rather siloed” approach and technology fragmentation that exists around 5G.

Ladid, speaking to Inside 5G, said that the idea of the Alliance is to bring together the “Bellheads” and “Netheads” so that 5G can base its addressing on IPv6, truly enabling interoperability and communication between devices.

Ladid said he has the blessing of ETSI, following discussions at board level, and other stakeholders to create a body that can enable interaction between the IETF, IEE and ETSI, ITU and 3GPP, to create specifications that can then be taken back into those SDOs for standardisation. The 5GWA would work also with industry verticals and operators creating commercially-based recommendations.

He has no members to announce yet, but as founder of the IPv6 Forum, which has 90 affiliated organisations, you might expect the 5GWA to lean heavily on that membership for support.

A 5GWA statement put it thus: “The 5GWA mission is to get Telecom, Internet and Content to sit together and design 5G to integrate all layers in the OSI model. 5G is not only about spectrum and access networks. There is a clear opportunity to integrate the fixed and wireless networks and build in new technologies such as IoT, Cloud Computing and SDN-NFV, all based on IPv6, while the current definition is still based on current IP networking using NAT, with CGN.”

The current discussion of 5G is not looking at the IP layer

Ladid said to Inside 5G, “The current discussion of 5G is not looking at the IP layer, and that’s the same thing we saw in 1998 with 3G and then with 4G. Even now only three operators (Verizon, T-Mobile USA, NTT DoCoMo) have deployed IPv6 on LTE, and even they are only giving devices temporary addresses. We want to create a symmetric internet for 5G, so you can enable IoT, smart grid, vehicle to vehicle, all the vertical markets.”

 

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