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NGMN puts end to end architecture at centre of new 5G plan

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance is planning to develop end to end 5G architecture as it looks to aid standardisation of the next generation technology.

The operator alliance has developed a new work plan to try and aid efforts of defining 5G.

It is planning a trial and testing initiative, which it said would define the proof points and testing methodologies of 5G. It is aiming to set up a globally aligned trial and testing platform for all NGMN partners, although it gave no timeframe for the project.

As part of this initiative, operators will also hold the comparison and benchmarking of 5G technologies, as well as identify gaps in its development.

Its second initiative will focus on "vehicle to X" technology, exploring business cases and working with key players in the automotive industry.

Finally, the alliance will develop an end to end architectural framework, define architecture design guidelines and needs, as well as outline synergies.

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Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chairman of the NGMN Alliance and CTO Deutsche Telekom, said: “In the last 12 months we provided essential 5G input and substantial contributions to standardisation and the broader ecosystem. With our 5G Trial & Testing initiative and the other new work-items, we will ensure global alignment of 5G development and will jointly work towards availability of commercial, standards-based solutions by 2020.”

The alliance's board, which comprises CTOs from across the industry, recently agreed on the new work items and discussed them with members during a meeting last week.

Ongoing work includes looking at spectrum, intellectual property rights and security. Last week, 5G World heard of how the current model of allocating spectrum may have to change to reflect the transformation of the mobile industry.