March 29, 2021

GTI and 5G-ACIA sign Memorandum of Understanding to make the Industrial 5G become a reality

Promote the integration of 5G and vertical industries

Build the ecosystem of 5G for industry globally

Promote deeply cooperation between MNO, ICT and OT partners


Beijing (China), Frankfurt/Main (Germany) March 29, 2021 – GTI and 5G-ACIA signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the integration of 5G and vertical industries. The partners intend to contribute to the building of the ecosystem of 5G for industry. The MoU aims to strengthen the cooperative relationship and to work on foster a closer channel between the Mobile Networks Operators community represented by GTI and the 5G for industry community represented by 5G-ACIA.

GTI aims to promote 5G commercialization and cross-industry innovation, and has been working to develop 5G for industries. It has a program called ENS (enterprise network solution) that addresses the vertical markets in order to push for common 5G solutions for industry 4.0.

The mission of 5G-ACIA is to ensure the best possible applicability of mobile radio especially the 5G technology for connected industries, in particular the manufacturing and process industries. 5G-ACIA will ensure that the interests and particular aspects of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardization and regulation. 5G-ACIA will further ensure 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.

Mr. Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of GTI, said “as an international industrial cooperation platform, GTI is committed to facilitating 5G development as well as convergence of 5G and verticals. The close collaboration with 5G ACIA will create advantages and new opportunities to break down the barriers between ICT and OT, thus accelerating the process of industry digitalization and the integration of artificial intelligence, while at the same time exploring new market opportunities via technology fusion.”

Dr. Afif Osseiran (Ericsson), 5G-ACIA General Vice Chair, 5G-ACIA General Vice Chair, carried on “the collaboration with GTI aims to strengthen the 5G-ACIA footprint on one hand in the Mobile Networks Operators community that is the nucleus in GTI, and on a second hand in China which is the major global hub for the manufacturing industry. Ultimately, in the hope of accelerating the 5G ecosystem for the Factories of the Future.” 




About GTI:

GTI is an international platform of industry cooperation. It was founded in 2011 by China Mobile, Bharti Airtel, SoftBank, Vodafone and Sprint (Now T-Mobile US). In 2016, GTI 2.0 was launched to further promote 4G evolution, 5G development and cross-industry innovation. GTI now has 139 operator members and 247 industrial partner members.

About 5G-ACIA:

The 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) is the central global forum for shaping industrial 5G standards. 5G-ACIA members jointly prepare for the disruptive change that 5G will bring, promote a better understanding of industrial needs, and gain insights into a highly attractive emerging market. 5G-ACIA provides a unique platform for OT and ICT companies, academia, and all relevant stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment, in line with industrial imperatives. The currently more than 80 member organizations make the results of their work directly available to 3GPP, the main standardization body for developing 5G. 5G-ACIA is a market representation partner of 3GPP and has the formal status of a working party of ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association.


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