NGP * Activity Report

NGP Activity Report 2015

Chairman: Andy Sutton, Institute of Communication Systems, University of Surrey

Established to examine the future requirements for Internet Protocols

The TCP/IP protocol suite has enabled the evolution of connected computing and many other developments since its invention in the 1970s, but it can no longer provide the scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment required for the connected society of the 21st century. The industry has reached a point where developments in the technology of local access networks (such as LTE™-Advanced, G.Fast, DOCSIS 3.1 and 5G) will not deliver their full potential unless, in parallel, the communications and networking protocols evolve holistically. 

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on Next Generation Protocols was established in 2015 to review the future landscape of Internet Protocols, identify and document requirements and trigger co-ordinated follow up activities. Its driving vision is a more efficient Internet that is responsive to the user – whether ‘the user’ is an individual person or millions of devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). The prize is to allow next generation networks to interwork in a way that accelerates a post-2020 connected world, unencumbered by past developments.

ISG NGP will formulate a series of Group Specifications which will include a summary of relevant technologies, architectures and protocols under research, together with an assessment of their maturity and practicality for implementation to begin by 2020. 

The group will address the following topics: addressing; security, identity, location, authorisation, accounting/auditing and authentication; mobility; the varying requirements of the IoT, video and content distribution, ultra‐low latency use cases from different sectors (i.e. automotive) and eCommerce; the requirements of network operators; and the requirements for increased energy efficiency within the global information and communications technology sector.

ISG NGP will consider both an evolved end-to-end Internet model, building on today’s system, as well as an entirely new concept to enable new architectures which allow optimisation of network performance and applications.

The group will also provide a forum for interested parties to share research and results from trials and developments with a wider audience. In particular, the ISG will provide an opportunity for the 5G community to discuss options and prepare the case for the Internet community’s engagement in a complementary and synchronised modernisation effort. 

The first meeting of the group was planned to take place in January 2016.