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Deutsche Telekom seeks true convergence @Broadband Forum

The Deutsche Telekom has called on Broadband Forum members to midwife ‘true convergence’ of mobile and fixed networks to unlock full potential of Fifth Generation (5G), ITRealms reports.

The 5GExecutive Programme Manager, Deutsche Telecom, Antje Williams made this call at the Broadband forum which held, weekend, its quarterly meeting in Berlin, Germany, saying that more collaboration is required among standards’ bodies and open source communities in order to achieve this, stressing for true convergence between fixed and mobile networks so that a seamless experience could be delivered to consumers.

On the access-agnostic networks, Williams noted, are a vital component in realizing the full potential of 5G, and in order for this to happen, more collaboration is urgently needed between different standards bodies.

“When you look at the amount of challenges and traffic that has to be transported in the future, we will not manage that with just the mobile network,” said Williams, pointing out that nowadays, a much bigger portion of whatever is transported runs through fixed line networks and at Deutsche Telecom, they strongly believe the solution for the future has to be a combination of the two, or access-agnostic networks.

“This means that when using the networks, consumers shouldn’t see a difference between mobile access and Wi-Fi access. Today, standardization of the two networks is done separately and to become one network, we need more alignment,” she added.

Williams emphasized that from a consumer perspective one of the most important topics is convenience. Therefore, it is essential that 5G delivers to its full potential.


Williams who echoed the perspectives of the Broadband Forum’s special meeting on Broadband Network Evolution, which was held in Atlanta in May, called Forum members to action by them playing their parts beginning with engagement and work on this area, in order to realize the broadband networks of the future.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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