Release 1 of 5G-TRANSFORMER software was just published Open Source. It includes features such as network slicing, monitoring platform, service management, Cloudify integration, OSM integration, all this with interfaces aligned with ETSI NFV Interface and Information Model Specifications (IFA). This is a major milestone for the project.
You can access our github account for downloading it by clicking here.
The code is divided in the four main blocks of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture:
Vertical Slicer Platform
Service Orchestrator Platform
Mobile Transport and Computing Platform
They can all be accesed through our Open Source page, link here.
Also, all architectural details (global and for each of the building blocks) are available here.
Development work on each of these building blocks continues and a new release will be available in a few months with more advanced features.
An ETSI MEC meeting is going to take place from the 25th to the 28th of March, in the facilities of one of our consortium partners, the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. MEC (Multi- Access Edge Compting) offers IT service and cloud-computing capabilities at the edge of the mobile network in an environment that is characterized by proximity, ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. Furthermore, it provides exposure to real-time radio network and context information.
Looking into what MEC is:
Multi-access Edge Computing offers application developers and content providers cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the network. This environment is characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth as well as real-time access to radio network information that can be leveraged by applications.
MEC provides a new ecosystem and value chain. Operators can open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorized third-parties, allowing them to flexibly and rapidly deploy innovative applications and services towards mobile subscribers, enterprises and vertical segments.
Strategic relevance of MEC
MEC is a natural development in the evolution of mobile base stations and the convergence of IT and telecommunications networking. Multi-access Edge Computing will enable new vertical business segments and services for consumers and enterprise customers. Use cases include:
optimized local content distribution and
It uniquely allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions. By deploying various services and caching content at the network edge, Mobile core networks are alleviated of further congestion and can efficiently serve local purposes.
MEC industry standards and deployment of MEC platforms will act as enablers for new revenue streams to operators, vendors and third-parties. Differentiation will be enabled through the unique applications deployed in the Edge Cloud.
The Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI – Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació) organizes this year, from 9 to 18 of November, the 23rd Science Week, during which many events will be held in Catalonia. The central themes of this year’s edition focus on cultural heritage.
5G-TRANSFORMER project takes part in this event with a talk given by the CTTC Researcher Jorge Baranda. In its talk, Jorge Baranda presents the main axis and characteristics of upcoming 5G Mobile Networks as well as an overview of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture and how it fits into the 5G landscape to students of 1st year of higher level professional training. In addition to this, Jorge Baranda also presents the CTTC experimental facilities used in the context of mobile networking research, in general, and in the 5G-TRANSFORMER project, in particular.
For more information about CTTC participation at the Science Week, you can visit http://www.cttc.es/the-cttc-will-participate-in-the-23rd-edition-of-the-science-week-2018/. For more details about the Science Week in overall, you can visit http://www.setmanaciencia.org/.
From 8-9th October 2018, RAN World took place in Torino, Italy.
What is RAN World?
RAN World is the essential meeting place for the operator, research and vendor communities looking to get the most out of the network, and to pave the way for next generation networks. Bringing a select group of 200 senior decision makers together, the show gives you the chance to:
Network with operators paving the way in new technologies and deploying the latest solutions
Discuss and debate new ideas and approaches to help overcome network challenges
Hear from leading research institutions on the technologies shaking up the radio access network
Prepare to put theory into practice looking at innovative approaches in spectrum, OpenSource, blockchain, network slicing, antenna technologies and more…
Understand how you can achieve the greatest efficiencies and optimise your existing assets
Benchmark against the latest technologies facilitating next generation networks
Watch live demos and product launches from leading international suppliers and technology vendors
“The venue and organisation was faultless, I saw a clear progression in the 5G discussion from previous editions and gained valuable insights into the road maps and thought-processes of both operators and vendors.”
Ashley Beynon, Senior Consultant 4G RAN Capacity, KPN
RAN World 2018 had some exciting new features, including:
We were in Rome with the support of our Host Network Operator Partner TIM.
New Working Groups
Topics included network slicing, OpenSource and millimetre wave.
New Vendors and Audiences
Greater representation from the infrastructure and OEM community.
New Networking Opportunities
Breakfast al fresco with your peers.
New R&D Companies
The latest and greatest developments and projects from across the RAN.
Prof. Claudio E. Casetti was an invited panelist at the event in the Network Slicing panel, where he had the chance to present 5G-TRANSFORMER’s vertical slicer architecture.
Data drives the internet as we know it. Getting it from one place to another, fast and unfettered, is one of the greatest challenges facing networks as the growth in video and other heavy applications show no signs of abating. European and Taiwanese network experts joined forces to prepare for the coming data avalanche by better integrating the front-and back-end mobile systems to deliver smoother, faster, cheaper ‘crosshaul’ solutions.
Improved device capabilities, more affordable data plans and the take-up of late-generation solutions (5G and LTE) are all set to play their part in driving innovation in mobile networks and, in turn, new economic opportunities for European players. But without careful planning and integrated technical solutions to manage the coming tsunami of data, the internet as we know it could start to unravel.
“The challenges posed by 5G development require a holistic perspective on all technologies set out to shape the mobile networks of the future, and chief among these is the transport network,” says Arturo Azcorra, professor at UC3M-Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and director of Imdea Networks Institute.
“The 5G-Crosshaul project I’ve coordinated has delivered what is now the de-factoconcept for an integrated 5G transport network, a crucial step towards the real-world implementation of the future 5G communications system,” he adds. And the timing could not be better.
To read the complete European Commission article about the 5G Crosshaul success story click here or visit the 5G Crosshaul project website.
The second edition of the International Robotics Festival will be held in Pisa, Italy, from September 27th to October 3rd. Many topics will be debated during the event, some of the issues defined for this edition of the Festival are:
Furtherity or dematerialization? Ancient textures and modern codes for robotics and cybernetic tecnologies
Tecnology and robotics in architecture and urban planning
Cyber-Prosthetics. Be the Bots. Social and emotional robotics. Marine robotics.
Ethical, social, economic implications of robotics
The exhibition is running 28, 29 & 30 September and features a poster and a different 5G TRANSFORMER video demos in cooperation with 5G CORAL and 5G Ex projects.
For more detailed information visit the oficial website of the event , clicking here.
Bringing industry and academia together, European Microwave Week 2018 is a six-day event, including three cutting-edge conferences and an exciting trade and technology exhibition, featuring leading players from across the globe. EuMW 2018 provides access to the very latest products, research, and initiatives in the microwave sector. It also offers you the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with those driving the future of microwave technology.
5G TRANSFORMER is participating in the exhibition with the Cloud Robotics demo video at 5TONIC OPEN 5G LAB booth. Come and see us, we are in number 284!
5G CROSSHAUL project has created a series of presentations and webinars in telecom community TelecomsRadar, relating 5G Coral. 5G Transformer and 5GEx projects.
The first episode, about the 5G CORAL project, consist of a webinar presented by Dr. Alain Mourad. Further info can be found on its website: www.5g-coral.eu
The second episode, “5GEx concepts and how they evolve together with 5G-Crosshaul into 5G-TRANSFORMER” links both 5G TRANSFORMER and 5GEx projects. Dr. Carlos J. Bernardos from UC3M, explains 5GEX concepts and how they evolve with 5G-Crosshaul into 5G-TRANSFORMER project
There is another episode, consisting of a 5G TRANSFORMER-related presentation is called “Entry point of verticals to 5G systems: the 5G-TRANSFORMER vertical slicer”, by Dr. Thomas Deiß. The presentation describes an entry point to a 5G system, where verticals can define and instantiate their vertical services.
The rest of them can be attended/downloaded by registering in the following webpage, and you can now register to all episodes at once and be informed as to when new episodes are available:
It will be an approach for three projects -5G EVE, 5G-VINNI and 5GGENESIS- to improve the evolution of the vertical market uptake of 5G innvation
A vital role in three high-profile EU-sponsored 5G development projects has been awarded to the 5TONIC 5G co-creation laboratory in Madrid, together with some of its member companies. The awards cement the laboratory’s position as one of Europe’s foremost 5G digital innovation centers.
The three projects are designed to help innovate and test 5G vertical market applications and services in the end-to-end environment that is a key feature of the 5TONIC facility. The projects will run for three years and were selected by the EU from a total of 16 proposals it received from facilities all over Europe.
The 5TONIC laboratory will be a center for the 5G EVE, 5G-VINNI and 5GENESIS projects, which form part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. Together they comprise a three-part €50m initiative driven by the Commission’s 5G PPP organisation, and will also attract an investment commitment by the ICT industry of several times that amount.
The 5TONIC facility was co-founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks Institute. Both of the co-founders will be closely involved with the new projects, working alongside other 5TONIC member companies including Ericsson and UC3M. Telefónica is the only European Telco that is participating in all three EU projects. Ericsson is also involved in all three, while UC3M is the only European university that is taking part in two of the three projects.