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Group looks to 6G wireless specification

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By Nick Flaherty




With 5G networks rolling out, the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) in Germany is now looking at the Vision and Drivers for 6G.

The NGMN Alliance has provided industry-wide guidance on 4G and 5G, supporting global alignment as well as ensuring that next generation mobile networks meet the ecosystem requirements and, ultimately, satisfy customer demand and expectations.

NGMN published its first 5G White Paper in 2015, which had substantial impact on 5G’s standardization and paved the way for 5G commercialization, followed by the second 5G White Paper (5GWP2) published just recently in July 2020. The “6G Vision and Drivers” project aims to provide early and timely direction for global 6G activities in the same way.

“The NGMN Board is committed to further drive the implementation of 5G. At the same time, we are looking at the future with our new work on 6G,” said Anita Döhler, CEO of NGMN. “Our organisation with its network operators, vendors and research associations has played such an important role for the requirements setting of 4G and 5G, and we will continue to provide guidance also for the next generation mobile networks beyond 5G. Interested parties are welcome to contribute to the “NGMN 6G Vision and Drivers” activity.”

The NGMN Work Programme focuses on reaching the full 5G potential and supports the industry on delivering and following through with its 5G promise. Drawing on the recommendations of the second 5G White Paper, the NGMN Alliance continues to work on existing 5G activities as well as launching new activities such as the Green Future Networks project, Vertical Industry Engagement and Network Slicing Requirements for Operating System of 5G Smartphones. These activities will ensure 5G continues to evolve and support customers and industry for the next 10 years and beyond.

The 6G project will look at how mobile network technology needs to evolve for operation in the future and will include an information exchange within its internal partnership and relevant external stakeholders for the specificaiotn of 6G networks. This is already happening with some operators in the US.

“As we continue to implement and further develop 5G to maximize the benefit of its potential, our goal as NGMN is to remain at the forefront of next generation mobile networks. It is therefore essential that we start anticipating the future societal needs and elaborate the drivers for mobile communications in the future,” said Arash Ashouriha, SVP Group Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom and Chairman of the Board of NGMN.

The NGMN Alliance was founded by leading international network operators in 2006 with operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organisations.

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