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Nokia plows ahead on efforts to create 'flexible' 5G standard

10/07/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


Nokia Networks is making a lot of progress with its partners and operator customers on the road to 5G, and it's ready to further tackle the architectural concepts, projects and designs that will define 5G.

Earlier this week, Nokia helped kick off meetings around 5G NORMA, the 5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture group with the goal of delivering proposals for an end-to-end architecture covering 5G RAN and core networks by the end of 2017.

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) is fostering a lot of the research and development of 5G, with industry leaders like Nokia and others such as the European Union investing time and money. Now in its first phase, the 5G-PPP consists of more than a dozen projects, including NORMA, said Peter Merz, head of Radio Systems Research for Nokia. Other projects look at things like 5G security, inter-network management and air interface design.

"It's a nice complimentary set-up" of the projects, he told FierceWirelessTech, noting the duration of those projects is roughly two to three years because some of them have more conceptual work and some of them involve proof-of-concept work.

2015 will mark a tipping point as the industry moves from the research into the standardization phase, he said. 3GPP will hold a two-day workshop on 5G in Phoenix in September, where there will be discussions about the types of technologies and processes for standardizing 5G. The standards process is expected to last into 2018-2019.

5G NORMA is focused on designing an adaptable architecture that will be flexible to meet the requirements of 5G applications, said Simone Redana, project coordinator for 5G NORMA and manager of Radio Research at Nokia. The project will run for about 13 months, until the end of 2017.

5G NORMA is not only focused on concept, he said. "We want also to prove that these concepts are feasible," with more demonstrations and prototypes expected next year. The aim also is to align with economic perspectives as well as identify the impact 5G will have on society.

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