Anything that brings 5G along faster is good news as far as we’re concerned, so the new 5GEx (5G Exchange) project being carried out by Ericsson could be very good news.
It’s described as a Phase 1 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) research and innovation project. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but essentially it’s designed to help unify the European 5G infrastructure service market by creating an open platform that integrates all the different mobile operators and technologies.
It will do this by supporting cross-domain service orchestration over multiple administrations or multi-domain single administrations.
This orchestration will be compatible with different network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies.
This will result in automated service provisioning for operators and content providers, while enterprise users and vertical industries will gain the flexibility to define, deploy and control service architectures on-demand.
The project will also allocate resources to a sandbox network, allowing experiments to be performed on hypothetical architectures and business models.
The upshot of all this it that the 5GEx project, which is due to run from October 2015 until March 2018, should promote the adoption of its open solutions by industry stakeholders and by having the entire 5G infrastructure service market hopefully using the same system it could speed the development and eventual roll out of 5G.
Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research, says: "A unified European 5G infrastructure service market will be a strong enabler for feature-rich services that can have a positive impact on people, business and society.
"As a leader in the development of 5G and a partner in several industry collaboration initiatives, we are excited to lead the 5GEx project and contribute to realizing the full benefits of 5G."