The 5G World Alliance (5GWA) will be launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the mission to promote 5G as the neutral next generation world wide wireless Internet by integrating new technologies with a holistic integrated approach combining IPv6-based M2M, mobile Internet of Things, mobile cloud computing, software defined networks (SDN), network functions virtualisation (NFV), fringe Internet and tactile Internet.
Its aim is “to take a holistic, integrated approach across all technologies in order to gain support for seamless worldwide networking interoperability – empowering the end user through a truly end-to-end experience.” Its founding chair, Latif Ladid, president of the IPv6 Forum and a 3GPP board member since 1999, said: “The 5G World Alliance will be a focal point for organisations with the expertise and the desire to transform a world already hungry for the latest solutions and applications.
“We are talking here about a 5G World where technologies such as an all-IPv6-based M2M, the mobile IoT, mobile Cloud Computing, SDN, NFV, Fringe and Tactile Internet will converge over fixed and mobile networks to change lives and businesses everywhere”.
The alliance plans to work closely with the ETSI IPv6 ISG and says it is “looking to get the Telecom and Internet worlds to integrate and share best practices with principal SDOs such as 3GPP, ETSI, IETF and the ITU.” It will also develop across other industry sectors that can gain massively from the 5G future.
“It’s very important that such a converged world from 2020 onwards embraces critical infrastructures such as health, transportation, agriculture and many more, and so, from the outset, we will be looking to involve these industries so that their developing needs can be built into the 5G framework from the outset,” said Ladid.
The 5GWA is currently establishing its founding members – who will be board members and help shape the working groups and tasks as 5G moves forward. There are expected to be several levels of membership to allow small, creative, companies and organisations to take part. Companies and other organisations are invited to contact Ladid for more details.
The organisation hopes to achieve
- Global harmonisation and synergies of Telecom and Internet worlds
- The creation of large-scale worldwide interoperable test beds
- Promotion of end-user empowering applications and global solutions
- Promotion of interoperable implementation of converging and integrated standards
- The development of educational and “5G Ready” programmes
- The resolution of issues that could create barriers to 5G deployment