GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) and 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) have jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for deeper collaboration on industrial manufacturing needs and service requirements. GSMA and 5G-ACIA intend to collaborate, promote, and advance a shared understanding of industrial 5G deployment considerations, including networks, devices, applications, infrastructure options, and deployment models.
The MoU aims to strengthen the cooperative relationship and to foster a closer channel for exchanging views on how seamless migration paths and solid interoperability can be established, and how manufacturing requirements for devices can be defined.
The goal of GSMA’s 5G IoT for Manufacturing initiative is to advance the global adoption of 5G IoT across the manufacturing industry and the wider industrial sector. To achieve this, it brings together enterprises, network operators, and ecosystem players to explore how industrial 5G IoT will benefit the manufacturing vertical globally. The community and forum aim to identify manufacturers’ challenges and opportunities, identify how 5G IoT can address these, and encourage the sharing of best practices in order to demonstrate how industrial 5G IoT can benefit the manufacturing industry.
The mission of 5G-ACIA is to ensure the best possible applicability of 5G technology for connected industries, in particular the manufacturing and process industries. 5G-ACIA ensures that the interests and particular aspects of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardization and regulation. 5G-ACIA further ensures that the ongoing 5G developments are understood by and transferred to the industrial domain. This includes possible integration concepts and migration paths, together with the evaluation of key technologies emerging from 5G standardization bodies.