The 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture) project aims to deliver adaptable, future-proofed 5G architecture, while being resource and cost efficient.
It’s one of the 5G-PPP projects and sets out to be able to handle fluctuations in traffic demand through an end-to-end architecture that takes into consideration both Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core Network aspects.
That’s all very ambitious, and NEC (a major Japanese ICT company) has announced that it’s joining the project, using its expertise in the integration of IT and network technologies to aid the 5G NORMA initiative.
But NEC won’t be working alone. It will be collaborating with 13 partners, including industry vendors, IT companies, small and medium sized enterprises and academic institutions, such as Nokia, Orange and King’s College London, over a period of 30 months, that began in July 2015.
Its goal is to develop innovative concepts for 5G mobile network architecture, to make it flexible and cost effective as outlined above.
The consortium envisions that the 5G NORMA architecture will enable unprecedented levels of network customization and API-driven architectural openness.
Its approach to creating adaptable network architecture is based on the concept of adaptive (de)composition and allocation of network functions, along with software-defined mobile network control and mobile multi-tenancy concepts.
Ultimately the project is expected to yield a number of projects and patents, as well as a focus on commercialisation, including partnerships with other companies and the creation of 5G start-ups.
The 5G NORMA project is just one part of the EU-wide 5G-PPP (5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership). Other projects include 5G-XHaul and Selfnet. Combined these will deliver the solutions, architectures and technologies required for 5G networks.