ITU and NGMN Alliance underline commitment to enabling the 5G era

Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Standardization Bureau, and Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance, at the signing of the cooperation agreement at the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition, 12-13 October, Frankfurt, Germany

Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Standardization Bureau, and Peter Meissner, CEO of the NGMN Alliance, at the signing of the cooperation agreement at the NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition, 12-13 October, Frankfurt, Germany

ITU and the NGMN Alliance have signed a cooperation agreement formalizing their mutual commitment to the development of next-generation mobile broadband technologies.

The agreement highlights the mutual intent of ITU and NGMN to coordinate their contributions to the development of 5G technology and architecture. This cooperation will also extend to the management of the interplay of intellectual property rights and standardization in the 5G era, and the creation of an enabling environment for open-source software to assist in shaping the future of broadband.

The agreement affirms NGMN’s support for ITU’s international standardization of 5G systems. ITU is proactive in building cooperation with bodies such as NGMN, recognizing that the efficient collaboration of technical bodies active in the 5G arena will be crucial to ensuring that 5G fulfils its potential to assist social and economic development.

In 2012, ITU established a programme on “International Mobile Telecommunications for 2020 and beyond (IMT-2020)”, providing the framework for 5G research and development worldwide. ITU members have defined the framework and overall objectives of this standardization process, as well as the roadmap to guide this process to its conclusion by 2020.

ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) is coordinating the international standardization and identification of spectrum for 5G mobile development. ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) will play a similar convening role for the technologies and architectures of the wireline elements of 5G networks.

Learn more about ITU-R’s programme on IMT-2020 and beyond here…

Learn more about ITU-T’s study of wireline networking innovations for IMT-2020 here…

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