5Qs On 5G: With ETSI

Inside5G asks ETSI, CTO Adrian Scrase five questions about 5G. Here's a summary of the questions and answers. 

1. Main purpose and focus of your involvement in 5G: ETSI will ensure that the technology evolves in a carefully planned manner and builds on the experience gained in the previous generations. ETSI works on many converging and complementary technologies that may contribute to future 5G. The focus in the Partnership with the 3GPP will be on an initial study item and technical report leading to the start of 3GPP specifications work before the middle of 2016. 

2. Other outputs and reports: ETSI will ensure that we deliver compelling standards that meet end user expectations as well as those of our members. ETSI groups are working on network functions virtualisation, millimetre wave transmission, mobile-edge computing, M2M technologies and we have done a lot to renew our leadership in security topics.

3. Main challenges faced in the development and standardisation of 5GThe biggest challenge is to ensure that 5G starts to have a recognisable face
We are still in the white paper stage, so we must wait a little longer to hear from the stakeholders on what the requirements are. A lot of the 5G technologies are still in the research area, so we need to get the right level of buy-in from the operators and others, so that we can start to break the work down in to 

4. Companies working with ETSI in the development of 5G: Many of the 750 member companies in ETSI are involved in studying 5G candidate technologies: operators, manufacturers, service providers, developers, test houses, and representation from National Ministries and Regulators. ETSI is also involved in the 5G-PPP activity as an associate member of the 5G infrastructure association.

5. 5G technologies of particular interest: ETSI is the home of the Network Functions Virtualisation Industry Specification Group (ISG). ETSI has created two new ISGs that will be relevant for 5G. The first group addresses millimeter wave transmission offering much more available spectrum than in lower bands, and with significant increases in backhaul and fronthaul capacity. The second groups deals with Mobile Edge Computing where significant reductions in latency will be achieved by moving the computing function much closer to the end user.