Future 5G networks promise delivering optimized services in three main usage scenarios: Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC). The standardization of 5G has reached its first milestone with the 3GPP Release 15, while Release 16 is being clarified and first commercial products will soon appear on the market.
Compared to 4G, 5G pushes the usage of radio spectrum to the next level and enables the configuration of both radio access and the core network segments, thanks to the concept of network slicing and the use of virtualization technologies. Future 5G seeks to connect a denser more diverse range of devices, at far higher speeds with far lower latency and constitutes one of the most ambitious and challenging technology rollouts of the modern era. The success of 5G will depend to a great extent on how it is embraced by the new type of customers that 5G targets: the vertical industries. Practical experience with 5G deployments is needed, from customers, network operators and equipment vendors. In parallel to this, there are already some “beyond-5G” efforts appearing.
The goal of this Special Issue is to share research efforts on the design, adaptation and enhancement of beyond-5G mobile networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Practical experience on 5G deployment and usage. Lessons learned towards beyond-5G enhancements.
Improvements of radio spectrum usage, novel strategies for coverage/service extension, support of novel use cases and mobile edge cloud applications, usability of the current unexplored spectrum.
Enhancements of mobile network architectures aiming at significantly reducing energy consumption.
Closed-loop automation and SLA control of automated vertical service lifecycle management.
AI-based E2E network slicing solutions to combine optimization of RAN, Transport, Core and cloud/MEC resources, across multi-technologies, multi-vendors and multi-domains (federation).
Applicability of AI/ML techniques to cross-layer optimizations in mobile network architectures.
Enhancements to NFV MANO based on AI/ML.
Orchestration and automation mechanisms capable of coping with extreme distributed and volatile resources (fog computing).
Machine learning techniques to optimize time and frequency slot allocation and minimize interference between devices in ultra-dense environments.
Optimal placement and movement of compute resources within a very distributed, mobile and heterogeneous infrastructure, including path movement prediction mechanisms to allow “follow-me” approaches.
Beyond-5G related standardization efforts in the relevant standardization bodies (IEEE, IETF, 3GPP and ETSI).
Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Carlos Jesús Bernardos Cano (http://www.it.uc3m.es/cjbc/) Department of Telematics Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avda. Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes (Madrid), Spain
Juan Carlos García, Technology & Architecture director at Telefonica GCTIO, visited 5TONIC and IMDEA Networks facilities on April 10th. He was presented the activity UC3M, in collaboration with 5G-TRANSFORMER partners, is currently performing in multiple use cases with verticals.
Representatives from leading companies in the sector, such as Ericsson and Intel, were also present in the meeting.
A number of presentations and DEMOS were shown up during the visit, which can be seen in the agenda of the event (below):
The “FrontHaul & BackHaul Convergence for 5G Use Cases” session took place last April 11th in the 5TONIC Lab.
The 5G-TRANSFORMER project was invited to the Fronthaul & Backhaul Convergence for 5G event, running a live Mobile Cloud Robotics show.
The main innovations that were shown were the following:
The Mobile-Transport and cloud Platform (MTP) for real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions. The platform orchestrates radio, transport, and cloud to enable creation and operation of 5G based services for Industry Verticals.
The underlying 5G transport network that provides fronthaul & backhaul interfaces for different use cases: wireline enterprise access, eMBB, critical and massive IoT communications, etc.
The mobile cloud robotics use case where robots and automated guided vehicles (AGV’s) interact to manipulate and move objects in a working area inside the 5TONIC Lab. This activity was carried out in the framework of 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-Crosshaul EU projects where the MTP platform has been defined and realized. During the event, the technology that has been developed in the 5G-TRANSFORMER project, was presented to Telefonica’s business units.
The event’s work and effort was driven by Ericsson Research in tight cooperation with the Ericsson Network product management and with Telefonica involvement on 5G transport network capabilities.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a key standard development organization in the area of Internet-related technologies, met in March in Prague for a week. During this meeting (IETF 104), 5G-TRANSFORMER not only monitored relevant efforts at different Working Groups (WGs), such as Service Function Chaining (SFC), Internet Area (INTAREA), Network Management Research Group (NMRG) and Distributed Mobility Management (DMM), but also presented different contributions, among which we can mention the following:
Arturo Azcorra, Vicepresident of 5TONIC, Full Professor at UC3M and Director of IMDEA Networks participated in the panel “Capitalising on operator’s assets for the industry 4.0 value chain” held on February 26 at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. He gave a presentation entitled “How to deploy and run Connected Industry 4.0”.
For years, operators have had a rich set of capabilities that can add value and offer huge opportunities to enterprises of all kinds, beyond connectivity and communications.
The conference discussion examined how you can really gain value fom the assets you already have and shared best practices from the leading edge.
In his presentation, he introduces the complexity of Connected Industry 4.0, to put the spectator into perspective. Then he explains which are the three areas of complexity and their interconnections in the Connected Industry 4.0, to link them with the role the Operators will play in this ecosystem, their assets and challenges. To illustrate it, a summary of the main trials carried out or planned in the next future within the 5TONIC laboratory, where Telefonica is the Operator, is given.
IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity is hosting Future Technology Workshop focusing on technologies pertaining to 5G era and beyond in the backdrop of Mobile World Congress on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at University of Politecnica De Catalunya, Barcelona.
This workshop was sponsored by IEEE Future Networks Initiative, and was aimed at bringing together researchers, scientists, technology experts, and stakeholders from the Industry, Governments and Academia to discuss Future Network technologies pertaining to 5G era systems, the opportunities and challenges that these pose for a broad spectrum of verticals e.g., smart cities, tactical and first responder missions, eHealth, connected cars, and infrastructure and ecosystem preparedness. This workshop served as a catalyst to:
investigate and identify requirements for mass scale deployment of 5G era systems and drive open industry ecosystems and standards addressing such requirements;
discuss future trends to identify new research areas for technologies to be developed or enhanced to support future extensions targeting next ten year timeframe.
The workshop had the expert talks and panel on the topics related to MIMO, applications and verticals, Edge Automation, Security, Cognitive Radio, Fronthaul, Future Network Testbeds and Deployment considerations and much more. An Overview of the IEEE Futures Initiative was also presented.
Above, Raül Múñoz, from CTTC, presenting 5G-Transformer project at the IEEE future network workshop.
MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress) is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies, with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.
The event also features extensive learning opportunities from dozens of partner-led programmes, GSMA seminars, summits and more. Everything you need to know about the industry, today and beyond, can be found here.
With over 107,000 key decision-makers expected to attend, #MWC19 promises to expand your professional network and help you achieve your goals.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ – the term we use to describe the powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. Intelligent connectivity marks the beginning of a new era defined by highly contextualised and personalised experiences, delivered when and where you want them. This is the future of our industry and our world.
5G-TRANSFORMER in MWC2019
The 5G- TRANSFORMER will have demos in two booths:
5G-TRANSFORMER: Deploying a containerized ns-3/LENA-based LTE mobile Network Service through the 5G-TRANSFORMER platform
This demo presents an ongoing prototype implementation of the Service Orchestrator (SO) building block of the 5GTRANSFORMER (5GT) architecture. Within the 5GT-SO, we define the Service Manager (SM), which hosts the intelligence of the 5GT-SO and interacts with the other architectural blocks of the 5GT architecture through the defined APIs. The aim of defining the SM is to decouple the 5GT-SO implementation from the associated MANO platform (OSM in this case), allowing the interoperability with other MANO platforms, hence increasing the scope of the 5GT solution. In this demo, we will show how the current ongoing implementation of the 5GT-SO, using the SM, is able to automate the orchestration of both computing and networking resources to deploy a virtualized mobile network service based on ns-3/LENA network simulator/emulator in minutes over an emulated environment consisting of a multi-point of presence infrastructure connected by a custom transport network.
ETSI’s Centre for Testing and Interoperability and the OSM community organized the 5th OSM Hackfest on 4-8 February 2019.
The event was hosted by CTTC in Castelldefels (Barcelona), and it was co-located with the OSM Mid-Release SIX meeting and a SonataNFV Hackfest, offering a great opportunity to share and learn with OSM developers and module leaders, and explore further opportunities for synergy and collaboration with 5G research activities. A full track was dedicated to research activities in the OSM Ecosystem.
On Wednesday afternoon, the 5G Day took place and there were many sessions led by different 5G-PPP projects.
Each presentation can be found in the following link and downloaded for further information about the session:
5G-TRANSFORMER addresses the transformation of today’s rigid mobile transport networks into an SDN/NFV-based 5G Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP) supporting the specific needs of vertical industries. Key technical components are (1) Network Slicing, and (2) the aggregation and federation of transport networking and computing fabric for dynamic deployment of multi-site network services. 5G- TRANSFORMER uses OSM as one of its MANO platforms inside the 5GT-Service Orchestrator to allow service providers to manage the life-cycle of 5G network services over a distributed and multi-tenant cloud infrastructure.
5G-TRANSFORMER presentation available for downloading here
Yesterday, Jan 15th, Orange hosted a 5G TRANSFORMER plenary meeting in Paris, France.
Various topics came into discussion, mainly focusing on the next steps in the project progress and evolution, including actions towards the development of the Release 2 of the 5G-TRANSFORMER platform implementation, the refinement of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture and the planning of the presence of the project in next public events.
The 5G-TRANSFORMER project has selected OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) to be integrated within the 5GT-SO module to show the capabilities of this module to interoperate with multiple open source orchestration platforms and to exploit their services. More specifically, 5G- TRANSFORMER uses OSM as one of its MANO platforms inside the 5GT-SO to allow 5G- TRANSFORMER service providers to automatically deploy 5G network services providing the capability of managing their life-cycle over a distributed and multi-tenant Cloud infrastructure. OSM is integrated inside the Service Orchestrator through a wrapper to handle the network service workflow process and the translation/adaptation of network service descriptions and parameters as far as cloud resources are concerned. In this respect, it interacts with the underlying cloud resources that are then stitched with WAN and other cloud resources by the 5GT-SO.
Project Partners: University Carlos III of Madrid, NEC Laboratories Europe, Ericsson, Atos Spain S.A, Nokia Networks, InterDigital, Telefonica I+D, Orange, Centro Richerche Fiat, Samur, BCom, Nextworks, Mirantis, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Politecnico di Torino, Eurecom, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).