5Qs on 5G: With 5G-PPP

Dr. Werner Mohr, Chair of the Board of The 5G Infrastructure Association

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5G-PPP is under the spotlight in Inside5G’s second of a series of profiles on key industry bodies. Dr. Werner Mohr, Chair of the Board, helps to illuminate the activities which the initiative is undertaking.

A joint enterprise between the European ICT industry and the European Commission, with €1.4 Billion backing, 5G-PPP has been tasked with finding a way to create the next generation of communication networks and services.

1. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G?

Europe started the 5G PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) as a research program under Horizon 2020 in order to develop 5G concepts and systems and to prepare future standards.

5G is the future communication network, which will integrate today’s mobile communication systems and new capabilities for very high throughput systems, ultra-dense deployments and systems with very low latency. 5G will address the today exponentially growing traffic in communication networks. Another important element are IoT systems, which will in particular support vertical sectors. These developments are essential for the communications industry and for our societies and economies in order to stay competitive in global scale.

2. What are your targets?

Our targets are to develop this new communication network and to agree on interfaces between network entities. The new network will be developed and optimised as well as future standards prepared.

“5G will be a new communication network and not only a new radio interface”

5G will be a new communication network and not only a new radio interface. The 5G-PPP will work on all elements of future networks.

3. What are the main challenges faced in the development and standardisation of 5G?

There are quite a few technical challenges like the investigation of new frequency ranges in the centimeter and millimeter wave range with different propagation conditions, very wideband systems and very low latency compared to today’s systems.

In standardisation global agreements have to be reached, which requires global cooperation.

4. What companies are you collaborating with in the development of 5G?

Basically all global manufacturers, major network operators, SMEs and the research community are cooperating towards 5G. We will see a convergence of the classical telecommunication industry and the IT industry in particular on core network topics. (You can see a full list of 5G-PPP members here).

5. Have you identified any 5G technologies that might be of particular interest to our readers?

There are many such technologies like new radio interface for very wideband and very low latency systems, advanced antenna systems, cloud computing, Network Function Virtualization and SDN.

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