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As 5G technology matures and telcos continue to roll it out around the world, new use cases enabled by 5G’s advanced capabilities will transform the way we look at mobility.

In early 2020, we partnered with Verizon, Rogers, Vodafone, KT Corp and América Móvil to create the 5G Future Forum (5GFF) and collaborate on a global multi-access edge computing (MEC) technology ecosystem. The goal of the 5GFF is to create the standards that will enable future connected technologies – like connected cars – to communicate seamlessly with the latest network infrastructure.

We are also collaborating with the GSMA on the CAMARA project, driving the development of standardized Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to connect our 5G networks to the future applications that will use MEC technology. CAMARA’s goal is to make it easier for developers to integrate their products into the complex systems of telcos, using agreed standards that mean different devices can work seamlessly with each other and across different operator networks.

What are we building together?

Imagine your car communicating with a traffic light ahead in near real-time, so you don’t have to brake before it turns green.

Or imagine a cluttered intersection made safer by all connected cars sharing their live camera data with each other. It’s not just for safety – we’re developing a standard that will allow 4K and 8K video streaming to a car while it’s driving on a motorway at up to 250 km/h!

As a member of the 5G Future Forum, we see a future where interoperable standards open up a world of possibilities for connected cars and infrastructure to make our roads and cities smarter and safer. Use cases such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications have the potential to radically transform the way we move around our cities.

The standards that the 5GFF is working on can be applied to other emerging technologies that need the speed and performance of 5G. These building blocks will form a crucial part of our connected future. This potential is explained in the 5GFF white paper Enabling The Connected Mobility Future.

Which technologies enable this networked future?

MEC is a technology made possible by the combination of high speed, low latency and advanced communication capabilities of 5G. It allows 5G-connected devices to access more powerful computers and storage over the 5G network, send data, and send requests to servers located at the “edge” of the network instead of a centralized data center.

This shorter path and purposeful network design is intended to enable time-sensitive applications such as connected cars to access the computing power to make complex computing decisions in a fraction of a second.

These examples are possible with the technology we already have, but it is crucial that we agree on software standards for communications that allow all developers access to all the functionality that 5G and MEC will enable.

Interoperable application programming interfaces (APIs) are at the heart of our mission: we want to involve partners in developing the building blocks that will enable all the millions of devices in a 5G connected future to seamlessly communicate and share critical information.

Through 5GFF and CAMARA, we are working on APIs that will enable 5G-connected devices to discover their “closest” MEC on the network, prioritize data requests and quality of service so time-sensitive applications work reliably, and standardized formats for exchanging information between devices.

Creating standards for smarter 5G networks

Mobility and connected cars are just the first step – 5G has opened the door to experiences we hadn’t even thought of.

API standardization is necessary to allow the many different manufacturers of vehicles and other connected devices to integrate into the global ecosystem of 5G. All cities are unique and offer their own challenges, even just for the specific example of connected cars, so maximum interoperability is crucial.

As more devices are introduced into our increasingly connected and complex world, we need a connectivity fabric that brings together connected devices and high-tech infrastructure like MEC. As these technologies are coming out of their infancy, we want to take this opportunity to create the communication standards that will stand the test of time.

Read the 5GFF whitepaper Enabling The Connected Mobility Future to learn more.

Nicos Katinakis
By Nikos Katinakis

Group Executive, Networks & IT – Telstra

Nikos Katinakis is from Toronto and joined Telstra on October 15, 2018 as Group Executive Networks & IT. In this critical role, Nikos is responsible for Telstra delivering next-generation networking technologies to create the largest, smartest, most secure and most reliable networks in the world. This includes the introduction of new technological developments, such as those related to 5G, as well as the maintenance and improvement of Telstra’s IT platforms. Nikos was previously Executive Vice President Networks at Reliance Jio in India, where he was responsible for the rollout of the first pan-India 4G LTE network with a focus on data management and improving and stabilizing the various operating platforms. In his second Jio role, Nikos led the fixed line/fixed line customer business with the aim of introducing full commercial services in the major cities of India while fully automating and simplifying workflows and customer experience. Previously, Nikos was SVP of Architecture and Technology Development for Network and IT at Rogers Communications in Canada, as well as Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for the technology strategy, selection and roadmap that guided Rogers’ deployment of next-generation capabilities across all access networks and services across.



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