Nokia Networks recently collaborated with the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany to do research on 5G network architecture and also work closely with the university to study the changes that are required in the telco architecture going forward.
Nokia Networks already have collaborations with several leading universities in Europe, the USA and China to make the 5G concept and technologies as viable and futureproof as possible.
5G networks will have to meet a wide array of diverse and extreme requirements. There will be need for super fast and reliable connectivity with virtually zero latency for use cases such as remote control of robots, and support for billions of sensors and things.
5G will provide consistent and high quality connectivity for people and things, creating the perception of infinite capacity. Furthermore, 5G networks will combine revolutionary technologies and existing mobile radio generations, as well as Wi-Fi, into a new system. Those technologies and layers will need to be managed as one.
A new network architecture is required to manage these complex multi-layer and multi-technology networks, and to build-in flexibility even for applications that are yet to be envisioned. 5G networks will have to be programmable, software driven and managed holistically to enable a diverse range of services in a profitable way.
The cooperation with University of Kaiserslautern focuses on understanding the requirements of the Internet of Things and developing architecture components to address its needs.