MWC 2015: Mobile operators of the NGMN Alliance publish 5G White Paper

Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance publishes its vision for what the next generation mobile phone technology should look like and how it should be standardised

MWC 2015: Mobile operators of the NGMN Alliance publish 5G White Paper

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance has announced the finalisation and publication of its 5G White Paper following the publication of an executive summary at the end of 2014.

A global initiative has delivered key end-to-end operator requirements intended to guide the development of future technology platforms and related standards, create new business opportunities and satisfy future end-user needs.

Today (3 march 2015) on a press conference at Mobile World Congress, Board Directors of the NGMN Alliance presented the finalised 5G White Paper to the public. They provided an overview on the key messages and introduced to the audience the upcoming NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 24-25 March 2015 in Frankfurt (Germany) where the White Paper and NGMN’s future 5G work-programme will be presented and discussed. 

In 2014, the NGMN Board – CTOs from more than 20 leading international operators – decided to focus the future NGMN activities on defining the end-to-end requirements for 5G. A global team of more than 100 experts has contributed to the now finalised 5G White Paper by developing the consolidated operator requirements intended to support the standardisation and subsequent availability of 5G for 2020 and beyond.

NGMN outlines in the White Paper its vision for 5G empowering value creation through new use cases and being enabled by sustainable business models.  Therefore, the capabilities of the network need to be expanded to support much greater throughput, lower latency and higher connection density.

To cope with a wide range of use cases and business models, 5G has to provide a high degree of flexibility and scalability by design. In addition, it should show foundational shifts in cost and energy efficiency. On the end-user side, a key requirement for 5G will be that a consistent customer experience is achieved across time and service footprint.

NGMN envisages a 5G eco-system that is truly global, free of fragmentation and open for innovations. The commercial introduction of 5G is expected to vary from operator to operator; however, NGMN encourages the ecosystem players to work towards availability of global and commercial solutions by 2020.   

The NGMN Board sees the publication and dissemination of the NGMN 5G White Paper only as the initial step on the roadmap towards 5G launch. NGMN will make sure through its upcoming work-programme and the close collaboration with all its Partners that 5G solutions will fulfil the outlined requirements.

Liaisons and co-operations with all relevant industry-organisations world-wide, SDOs and research groups have also been successfully established to work against this joint objective.  

“With the  White Paper, the NGMN 5G Initiative achieved to publish a comprehensive view on its vision for ‘2020 and beyond’ and the 5G operator requirements in terms of technology performance and capabilities”, said Rachid El Hattachi, SVP, Deutsche Telekom AG and Steering Committee Chairman of the NGMN 5G Initiative. “We are looking forward to the in-depth presentations and open discussion of the White Paper at the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition in March 2015.”

“The NGMN 5G White Paper provides essential and long expected input for the work of many industry bodies”, said Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance. “Together with our global partners from industry and research, we will now focus on setting up and implementing a 5G work-programme ensuring that future solutions will meet our ambitious targets.”

The NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition takes place on 24-25 March 2015 in Frankfurt (Germany). For more information, click on

About NGMN Alliance (

The NGMN Alliance was founded by leading international network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations.


The NGMN Alliance will drive and guide the development of all future mobile broadband technology enhancements with a focus on 5G. The targets of these activities are supported by the strong and well-established partnership of worldwide leading operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organisations.

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