ETSI Summit on 5G Network Infrastructure

Our industry is buzzing with excitement about 5G. We have read the requirements, both high-level and more detailed. We have pored over the numerous white papers. Standardization plans have been carefully set and work is already progressing. But we have mainly focused on the radio technologies needed for 5G. What about the network behind the radio access system? How will the 5G network infrastructure help to meet the overall 5G system requirements, and is it even fit for purpose?

The ETSI summit on 5G Network Infrastructure will take place on 6 April 2017 in ETSI, Sophia Antipolis, France.


About the 2017 ETSI Summit

This year’s ETSI Summit will offer a unique opportunity to tackle the many open questions relating to the 5G network infrastructure and the multiple technological developments that will be necessary to meet the requirements of 5G.

The previous ETSI 5G Summit held in April 2016 examined many of the topics relating to 5G, particularly the new use cases that will be supported by the 5G network, as well as the spectrum and radio access aspects. That work would be incomplete without considering the complete 5G end to end architecture.

This 2017 ETSI summit will focus on 5G network infrastructure: the technological solutions that will be needed in order to enable true scalable mobility and to fulfil the ambitious 5G requirements, in terms of performance, reliability, energy efficiency and security. During the event, we will:

  • examine how the limitations of the current network architecture may prevent the realization of the 5G requirements,
  • hear from 3GPP about their plans for standardization beyond the air interface, and learn their prioritization of work across their four main requirements groups: enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT, critical communications, and network operations,
  • examine the state of development of new or upcoming technology solutions which could influence near-term and longer term 5G work – work which is ongoing both inside and outside of ETSI,
  • hear from ETSI’s partners in standardization, those we work directly with inside 3GPP, and other important organizations who will help shape our future 5G networks.
  • Standardization, both plans and status, will be the thread running through all of our discussions.

Who should attend, and why?

The annual ETSI Summit brings together key decision makers from ETSI members, including operators, manufacturers, service providers, regulators and policy makers, end-user industry sectors and researchers. It is a unique event, perhaps the only event in the calendar where high-level management can exchange and openly debate about standardization priorities, helping to shape the work of ETSI in the years to come.

Each year we focus on a specific but important aspect of ETSI’s work, perhaps none being as important as the 2017 ETSI Summit topic: 5G network infrastructure standardization.

The event is open to all upon registration. 


08:00 Check-in/registration opens
09:00 Welcome address
Luis Jorge Romero Saro, ETSI Director-General
Simon Hicks, Chairman of ETSI General Assembly
09:15-10:00 SESSION A: Challenges for the development of the 5G infrastructure
Session Chair: Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics
  The session will address what needs to be done in the core infrastructure today to support tomorrow’s 5G services.
09:15 Setting the scene & overview
Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics
09:25 EC perspective on 5G core standardization
Bernard Barani, DG Connect, European Commission
09:40 Strategic direction of related 5G infrastructure work in 3GPP
Georg Mayer, 3GPP CT Chair
10:00-10:30 PANEL SESSION: Operators’ priorities for 5G core
Moderator: Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics

The objective of the panel is to present the Operator’s view on their priorities for developments in the 5G infrastructure and related standards work.

  • Maria Cuevas, BT/EE
  • Panellists to be confirmed
10:30 Networking Coffee
11:00-12:30 SESSION B: Beyond today’s network service management
Session Chair:  Diego Lopez, ETSI NFV ISG Chair
  The session will examine how the full automation of network slice management, NFV Management & Orchestration functions must be complemented with slice management functions.
11:00 Strategy of 5G work in NFV
Joan Triay, ETSI NFV ISG TSC Chair
11:20 Autonomic network management technologies
Laurent Ciavaglia, Network Management Research Group (NMRG) co-chair, Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)
11:40 Policy based management
John Strassner, Orchestration Area Co-Director, MEF Forum
12:00 Session B Panel and discussion
Panel and discussion (30 min) with the speakers, session chair and the audience.
12:30 Networking Lunch
14:00-15:30 SESSION C: 5G network protocol transformation?
Session Chair: Howard Benn, ETSI Board Member
  The session will examine the required developments of internet protocol stacks, either through enhancements or through a complete re-design; and to hear the current work and opinions of the three most prominent standards groups working on that topic.
14:00 Next Generation Protocols: ‘Last chance to change’
Gerry Foster, University of Surrey, Institute of Communications
14:20 5G Aspects of Next Generation Internet Protocols
Jari Arkko, IETF chair

ITU-T activities on architecture of 5G protocol
Luca Pesando,  Co-chairman of Working Party 1, ITU-T Study Group 13


Session C Panel and discussion
Moderator: Howard Benn, ETSI Board Member

The goal of the panel is to develop the debate on the evolution of the Internet stack and possible areas for standards convergence.


  • Jari Arkko, IETF chair
  • Gerry Foster, University of Surrey, Institute of Communications
  • Georg Mayer, 3GPP CT Chair
  • Luca Pesando,  Co-chairman of Working Party 1, ITU-T Study Group 13
  • Kevin Smith, ETSI NGP ISG Chair
15:30 Networking Coffee
16:00-17:00 SESSION D: Designing a secure and flexible 5G Core
Session Chair: Patrick Donegan, HardenStance
  The session will examine how rethinking the 5G core network raises other questions and possible evolutions in areas such as Security and Privacy and also the methods of continuous evolution of the 5G Infrastructure
16:00 Fix security and all other issues evaporate
Peter Haigh, NCSC
16:20 Continuous Next Generation Evolution for Virtualised Infrastructure
Maarten Ectors, Canonical
16:40 Session D Q&A and Panel discussion

FINAL SESSION: Concluding Panel
Session Chair: Simon Hicks, Chairman of ETSI General Assembly

The final session will provide a summary of the day’s discussions, and seek to develop agreements for action and cooperation.


  • Jari Arkko, IETF chair
  • Howard Benn, ETSI Board Member
  • Patrick Donegan, HardenStance
  • Georg Mayer, 3GPP CT Chair
  • Diego Lopez, ETSI NFV ISG Chair
  • Luca Pesando,  Co-chairman of Working Party 1, ITU-T Study Group 13
  • Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics
  • Kevin Smith, ETSI NGP ISG Chair
17:45 End of Workshop