Nokia Networks clarifies and revisits 5G concept architecture

Can you unveil a concept? It seems like a bit of a PR move to put out a whole press release because you have been doing some thinking.

That is what Nokia Networks did today, as it “unveiled” a concept architecture for 5G networks.

But despite the “launch” tag that Nokia Networks has put on this, Inside5G readers should really see this as revision – a useful primer on how it might be possible to build the sort of dynamic, adaptable networks that will be able to satisfy a large number of known and as-yet unknown use cases. For instance, 5G will be about enabling new business models, such as NaaS capabilities targeted at industry verticals.

However, the release is written in clear language so that is a blessing. And it is always useful to get clear statements from companies as to where they are headed.

The end goal is a programmable multi-service architecture – “a fully self-aware software defined transport network [that] automatically adapts itself to changing service requirements.”

How to do this? Well, there’s no one single 5G network. More, there will be a system of systems. This includes new radio networks but also a whole lot of control technologies to manage services and content across the network, providing programmable and self-optimising networks to support those services in a dynamic and automated way.

In fact, it’s a lot of what we already thought future networks would need to have in them if the 5G visions the industry is proposing is to be reached.

Could you call it an architecture, or a  clarification?

Programmable 5G multi-service architecture