“Broadband Forum’s latest specifications are key pieces of the very big jigsaw that must be created and completed to deliver on 5G – and we are working with operators to define those pieces quickly, efficiently, and, most importantly, together as an open collaborative effort, preventing fragmentation and misalignments between stakeholders,” said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh.
“The breadth of our ongoing work and how much of that has 5G at its core is significant and the holistic approach we can take is unique to the broadband industry and critical to the ongoing development of 5G.”
“When it comes to deploying 5G, all operators will have different starting points which means any transformation steps need to be independent and not require co-ordination,” said Gavin Young, Head of Fixed Access Centre of Excellence at Vodafone Group Technology.
“Deployment flexibility is also needed – and it is these challenges, and more, that TR-470 and TR-456 address.”
TR-470 describes the 5G FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) architecture to provide a high-level guide for network architects and planners, while TR-456 describes the functional requirements of the AGF. The AGF resides between fixed access networks and the 5G core network to support 5G and wireline Residential Gateways, creating a truly converged deployment.
The specifications are completing the approvals process and will be published as Broadband Forum’s other 5G initiatives continue - including ongoing work to standardise and enhance the transport network to ensure it can meet the demands of 5G - and “normative” work beginning on a joint FMC project with 3GPP.