The NGMN Alliance (Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance) is an open forum founded by world-leading mobile network operators. Its goal is to ensure that the standards for next generation network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations.

NGMN – The engine of wireless innovation

NGMN Forum

The Forum consists of representatives from Member, Contributor and Advisor Partners. The Forum acts as a consultative plenary body to coordinate the collaboration between Members, Contributors and Advisors and to provide assistance to the Board and the CEO in managing the Work Programme.

Driven by the profound interest of operators to make 5G truly global, free of fragmentation, and open for innovations, NGMN established the 5G Initiative in 2014 to put together their vision for 5G. Led by a core team of operators, the NGMN 5G Initiative, despite accommodating considerations for different market contexts and business priorities, successfully put together use cases, requirements, and architecture design principles for 5G in an “NGMN 5G White Paper” [6]. Endorsed by 21 operators, i.e., AT&T, Bell, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Korea Telecom, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, TELE2, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telekom Austria Group, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, Turkcell, VompelCom, and Vodafone.

NGMN 5G Use Cases

  • Broadband access in dense areas
  • Broadband access everywhere
  • Higher user mobility
  • Massive Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Extreme real-time communications
  • Lifeline communication
  • Ultra-reliable communications
  • Broadcast-like services

NGMN 5G Requirements

The 5G use cases demand very diverse and sometimes extreme requirements. A single solution may not satisfy all the requirements at the same time at a reasonable cost. Several use cases may be active concurrently at the same time, requiring a high degree of flexibility and scalability of the 5G network. NGMN sets the following requirements

  • Excellent and consistent user experience :
    • Dense urban. 300 Mbps DL
    • Smart office. 1 Gbps DL
    • Multi-Mbps data rates everywhere – including in stadiums, airplanes, and areas currently not connected to the Internet
  • System performance
    • Users in a crowd
    • Smart office. 15Tb/s/km2 traffic density for smart offices
    • Massive sensor deployments. Up to several hundred thousands of simultaneous connections per square kilometer
  • Smart devices with growing capabilities
  • Enhanced services.Value creation toward customers and partners through capabilities enhancing today’s overall service delivery
  • New business models
    • Partner service provider, XaaS asset provider
    • Connectivity provider
    • Network sharing model
  • Highly efficient network operation

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