Creating interoperability with two major sets of technical specifications.
The 5G Future Forum will release its first technical specifications to its members in August 2020, to enable interoperability for 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) deployment.
There will be two major sets of technical specifications:
- The “MEC Experience Management” technical specification defines a set of intent-based APIs for functional exposure of edge and workload discovery with potential expansion to include future MEC functions and capabilities which are driven by network intelligence
- The “MEC Deployment” technical specification defines the set of specifications to enable hyperscalers and service providers to deploy and integrate global MEC physical frameworks, including facilities (e.g. power and cooling), monitoring, operational considerations, and security.
The 5G Future Forum was established in January 2020 by América Móvil, KT Corp, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon, and Vodafone to develop 5G interoperability specifications to accelerate the delivery of 5G and MEC solutions around the world.
Over the past six months, the Forum’s founding members have been working to create the governance structure for the 5GFF, as well as develop both technical and commercial workstreams.
The technical specifications are the first outputs from the technical workstream, which brings together technologists from all member telecommunications service providers. They are designed for 5G telecommunication service providers, cloud service providers (‘hyperscalers’), OEMs, developers, and enterprises.
Following release of the specifications, the Forum will expand its membership to qualified new entrants. Other topics are being planned among the existing members with publication timeframes to be communicated shortly.
Rima Qureshi chief strategy officer at Verizon said 5G is a key enabler of the next industrial revolution.
“Where technology should transform how we live and work through applications including machine learning, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented and virtual reality,” she said. “The release of these first specifications marks a major step forward in helping companies around the world create a seamless global experience for their customers.”