Posted: March 12, 2013

Frankfurt, Germany – 11th March, 2013 The Board of the NGMN Alliance has announced the launch of four new project activities highlighting the NGMN Alliance’s commitment to further enhance next generation networks and to guide the industry with its recommendations.

The following four new NGMN projects will determine the focus of the NGMN Alliance for the next 12 months:

  • Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements
  • Evolution of the Radio Access Network (RAN)
  • Mobile Content Delivery Optimisation
  • Deployment and Operation of Small Cells

The main tasks for the global NGMN Partner project teams will be the definition of Operator driven requirements, the development of use cases and the assessment of technology options in the four areas. The outcome of these projects will give essential guidance for the successful deployment, operations and further development of next generation mobile networks.

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Dr. Peter Meissner, NGMN Operating Officer, emphasised that the new work programme reflects the current and future high-priority industry challenges as highlighted by the NGMN Partners. “The NGMN Alliance is happy to continue the development of Mobile Broadband for the benefit of the end-customer.”

In particular, the new NGMN projects will aim to reach the following objectives and will comprise the following activities:

Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements

The objective of the NGMN project Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements (NGCOR) is to reduce complexity and integration costs in the area of network management by achieving standardised interfaces between the Telco infrastructure and the OSS (Operations Support Systems). NGCOR aims to obtain more flexibility and reduced time-to-market in the introduction of services through standardised network management functionalities for converged fixed and mobile networks.

Main aspects of the project will be Configuration Management, Performance Management, Service Inventory Management and Architecture scenarios for management of Converged Networks.

Evolution of the Radio Access Network (RAN)

The RAN Evolution project will evaluate options and give recommendations for a future radio access network architecture providing optimised operations, higher efficiency and enhanced performance. The activity will cover, amongst other items, the evaluation of Centralised Cloud-based RAN, CoMP schemes, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, Backhaul/Fronthaul, and will finally define the overarching requirements for a Multi-RAT architecture evolution.

Mobile Content Delivery Optimisation

The project Mobile Content Delivery Optimisation will evaluate mobile network enhancements for the optimised delivery of content. The project aims to define use cases for Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and to develop related requirements. Furthermore, recommendations will be provided with regards to content delivery architecture options and CDN functionalities (like e.g. caching, media adaptation).

Deployment and Operation of Small Cells

The objective of project Small Cells is to define scenarios, use cases, system architecture and functional requirements for the fast and efficient introduction and operations of Small Cells. The work-streams of the project activity will deal in particular with the aspects of Wi-Fi integration, cost efficient deployment, operational issues, multi-vendor deployment and backhauling for Small Cells.

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