UK 5G expertise supports major European NORMA project

UK February 2018 –  Experts from Real Wireless (RW), the UK’s leading wireless consultancy, have played a major role in the 5G NORMA consortium, a Europe-wide project looking at developing a virtualised, flexible 5G network architecture to supports network slicing.

Following more than two years of research and modelling, the final report considering the techno-economic assessment of the proposed 5G NORMA network architecture has now been published.

Leveraging Real Wireless’s unique analytic tools and led by Real Wireless managing consultant Julie Bradford (report editor), the research team also involved RW Chief Technology Officer Simon Fletcher and five other RW experts* alongside partners from European MNOs.

The report “Evaluation architecture design and socioeconomic analysis – final report” is one of the final deliverables of 5G NORMA, part of the 5G-PPP projects under the Horizon 2020 framework.

  • Research suggests that the social and wider economic benefits of multi-service mobile networks are substantial
  • The greatest benefits are likely to come from smart energy, V2I services and increases in productivity related to eMBB
  • Conclusions based on simulations using Real Wireless CAPisce modelling tool to simulate network and service demand in a dense urban area

Editor of the final report for the techno-economic analysis and Real Wireless Managing Consultant, Julie Bradford said:

“This report provides a techno-economic assessment of the proposed 5G NORMA network architecture. It has taken a huge commitment over the last two years from an expert team here in the UK and across Europe to produce this and I want to thank everyone involved. As well as looking at the commercial implications of 5G NORMA we also considered the potential social benefits of network slicing and the wider range of services it could deliver. We know that there are significant implications for verticals, mobile network operators and regulators in this report and we hope the work we have done will provide the answers to many of the industry’s biggest questions.”

The final report evaluating architecture design and socio-economic analysis of a virtualised, flexible 5G network architecture that supports network slicing.

The report includes key findings on the following (based on 5G NORMA proposed architecture):

  • commercial case for eMBB only single tenant networks
  • commercial case for eMBB only multi-tenant networks
  • commercial case for multi-service networks
  • socio-economic case for multi-service networks
  • implications for stakeholders including MNOs, verticals and regulators of 5G virtualised networks such as 5G NORMA

CTO Simon Fletcher said: “This has been a brilliant team effort. It’s been hugely beneficial for Real Wireless to explore within a thought leading consortium some of the many ways in which barriers to adoption of 5G can be overcome. 5G is about transformation of the network and the work we’ve undertaken on this project provides answers to some of the commercial, social and economic questions still being asked by the industry.  The independent knowledge within Real Wireless is enhanced by the modelling tools we have developed over many years. This allows us to provide answers to complex questions posed by investors, regulators, mobile operators and those interested in using wireless to benefit their business.”

The report is published in full here.

Real Wireless is also involved in the 5G MoNArch (5G Mobile Network Architecture) research project, which aims to put fifth-generation mobile network architecture into practice.

Real Wireless has also recently been announced as an associate partner in an industry led consortium, the UK5G Innovation Network, being led by CW (previously known as Cambridge Wireless).



*Full list of Real Wireless experts involved in 5G NORMA;  Ade Ajibulu (economic/use case analysis), Julie Bradford, Charles Chambers, Simon Fletcher, Anastasios Karousos, Kostas Konstantinou (CAPisce development) and Hassan Osman (dashboard development).

The 5G NORMA project is committed to the design of a virtualised, flexible 5G network architecture that supports network slicing.  Key benefits of this architecture approach are:

  • Multi-tenancy – the ability to serve multiple service providers from a shared infrastructure set and obtain cost efficiencies via this network sharing approach (i.e. an economies of scale cost benefit).
  • Multi-service support – the ability to provide a mix of services with varying quality of service (QoS) requirements, in terms of throughput, reliability and device density, from a single network platform. This can lead to cost efficiencies due to economies of scope (i.e. providing services with different spatial and temporal distributions from a shared infrastructure set) as well as new revenue streams beyond today’s business to consumer, enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) service focused mobile networks.

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