The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance Board has launched a project focusing on the Vision and Drivers for 6G. The 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. A prominent example of NGMN’s deliverables was the First 5G White Paper published in 2015, which had a 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 NGMN Work Program 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.
With its new “6G Vision and Drivers” project, NGMN intends to provide early and timely direction for global 6G activities, which will develop the mobile network technology for operation in the future. In this context, NGMN will also facilitate information exchange within its internal partnership and relevant external stakeholders. NGMN is very excited to be working on this future vision project and to set the footprint for generations to come.
NGMN continues to implement and further develop 5G to maximize the benefit of its potential. It is therefore essential that they start anticipating future societal needs and elaborate the drivers for mobile communications in the future. The NGMN Board is committed to further drive the implementation of 5G. At the same time, they are looking at the future with our new work on 6G. This organization with its network operators, vendors, and research associations has played such an important role in the requirements setting of 4G and 5G and will continue to provide guidance also for the next generation of mobile networks beyond 5G.