Guy Daniels, TelecomTV - Interview with Luis Jorge Romero, Director General, ETSI (May 2016)

With the 2020 deadline looming, at what stage is the 5G standardisation work? Unlike previous generations of mobile, 5G will feature virtualisation and more software-based technology than ever before, so will 5G support the recent move to embrace open source, and if so, how will ETSI collaborate with the open source community? Also, the vertical markets look to be critically important to 5G, but how does the telecoms industry ensure it meets their needs? Luis Jorge Romero, the Director General of ETSI, discusses the success of the organisation’s 5G summit in Nice.

Q. Are we on track on our track on our efforts on 5G standardisation?
We have set a clear calendar to get to 5G, which will follow the normal process in the 3GPP. By mid to late 2018 we will have a first phase of what is going to be released. In late 2019, the plan is to make the submission to the ITU on 5G.

Q. What role will virtualisation play?
There is growing consensus that software is going to play a  much more important role because it is good for flexibility, speed and management. People are now investigating how the virtualisation of some of the functions can actually take place. Even if the move to virtualisation has already started, 5G will be a lot more about virtualisation and will be the first real trial.

Q. What role will open source play?
The standards organisations are looking at open source from a very broad perspective: how the open source community works and how it develops. It is about understanding each other and learning from each other, adding flexibility and speed to what we do, and possibly new innovations and new ways of looking at the future.

ETSI Making good progress on standardisation

Filmed at: ETSI "5G: From Myth to Reality" summit, Nice, France, 21 April 2016