NGMN to get cracking on 5G work programme

Business, technical, architecture, spectrum and IPR requirements all get dedicated work groups.

NGMN, the operator-led group that would like to lead the industryb on 5G developments, has laid out its programme of workfor the rest of this year.

NGMN’s aim is to build on its white paper release earlier this year – with NGMN partners having “committed a significant number of experts” to contribute to the work programmes. The group is clearly keen to build on the momentum established with its white paper, wherein it laid out 25 potential 5G use cases, but also to develop further leadership in terms of defining requirements around business models, spectrum, technology and architecture.

Key tasks of the work programme teams will be: the development of 5G requirements and design principles, the analysis of potential 5G solutions, and the assessment of future use-cases and business models. The outcome of the work will be shared and discussed with all relevant industry-organisations, SDOs and research groups.

“The NGMN 5G White Paper provided essential input for the work of the main industry bodies”, said Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance. “Together with our global partners from industry and research, we will now implement a 5G work-programme ensuring that future solutions will meet our ambitious targets.”

The group said it has agreed on the following work items in the months ahead:

Business Principles
The mission of the Business Principles Group is to ensure that 5G will be architected and underpinned by solid business principles. The activity will focus on the identification and prioritisation of future operator capabilities to be made available to partners in order to enhance the customer proposition. Another key aspect will be the interaction with vertical industry representatives to assess the market potential and also the complexity and cost drivers of related 5G solutions.

Requirements & Architecture
The Requirements & Architecture project aims to provide timely guidance on 5G solutions to all relevant industry stakeholders. The project work streams will define technical requirements for enhanced mobile broadband services, vertical industries and 5G security. Additionally it will consider end-to-end architecture design principles and recommendations for the management and orchestration of 5G networks. The results will be delivered to all major SDOs, to the ITU and other 5G related organisations.

The objective of the Spectrum work will be to ensure continuous contributions to international fora and groups regarding NGMN spectrum requirements, in order to ensure the allocation of sufficient spectrum for future 5G services. In 2015, the team will develop and provide an NGMN spectrum perspective for WRC-15.  Leading up to WRC-19, evaluations and studies on new frequency ranges and bands for 5G will be carried out and requirements based on this activity will be delivered in an NGMN 5G Spectrum White Paper.

The IPR team will engage with relevant industry partners to develop implementation plans for the 5G IPR recommendations outlined in the NGMN 5G White Paper. Hence, the activity aims to improve 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) declarations, which are already in use, and to establish independent 5G SEP assessments. Furthermore, NGMN recommends to explore and to establish an appropriate 5G patent pool framework. In addition the IPR team will also address the emerging need for software licensing in the mobile industry and, in particular, as regards Open Source.