SliceNet Mobile/Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)

Figure 1: High-level schematic of LL-MEC platform

SliceNet has recently completed the design and prototyping of a Mobile/Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) system as part of the SliceNet end-to-end slicing-friendly infrastructure. The design and prototyping ensures that the SliceNet MEC system is aligned with the ETSI MEC architecture and offers enablers for network slicing with Quality of Service (QoS) support. SliceNet MEC system comprises a low-latency MEC platform (see Figure below), and multi-tenanted infrastructure with a programmable Data Plane, together with Management Plane functionality support taken into account. Potential MEC applications such as RAN-aware video optimisation, mobile network slicing, IoT etc. have been explored to highlight the potential of practical use cases of the SliceNet MEC system.

3rd Network Management Workshop for 5G Networks

The 5G-PPP Working Group on ‘Network Management and QoS’ hosts its 3rd workshop at EuCNC-2018 on Monday, 18-June.

The workshop will bring together various contributing projects within the 5G-PPP as well as other interested parties (organisations and external projects) who wish to develop and progress topics such as network management, QoS, SDN and NFV, in addition to the integration of network management into vertical sectors such as transport, media, health, and energy.

See full details and call for papers.

5G – The Megatrend at Mobile World Congress 2018

 MWC 2018 saw the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and 5G PPP under the spotlight, with important announcements from the telco industry and policy makers.

5G was the headlining topic at the MWC 2018, shining the spotlight on smart cities, IoT, AR, VR, connected cars and more. Operators, vendors, manufacturers and networks from all over the globe showcased and presented field trials, demonstrated technologies and applications, and gave visitors a taste of the future!

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5G is heating up! 5G home access late in 2018

3GPP first 5G release: System architecture milestone of 5G is achieved on time
In March 2017, the industry agreed to a plan to accelerate up the 5G standardisation schedule and it was agreed to split up the specification of Release 15 (i.e. 5G) into two phases, Release 15 NSA (Non-standalone) as a priority and Release 15 Full (with standalone) scheduled for later in 2018.

On December 21st, 2017, the 3GPP TSG RAN announced it successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification at its Plenary Meeting in Lisbon. AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019.

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Another busy year for 5G PPP projects

5G takes its second wind towards the full global 5G standard, the commitment of the Verticals, and convincing demos by 5G PPP. The Winter Olympics and MWC’18 will likely see flourishing 5G trials and a number of interesting announcements.

2017 was very busy for both 5G PPP Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects. Some of the notable achievements include PoCs (Flex5Gware, Fantastic-5G, 5G-Crosshaul, 5G-Ex, Speed-5G, Coherent), METIS-II Visualisation Platform, 5G-ENSURE consultation on 5G security.

5GPPP Phase 2 projects leverage knowledge from various 5G PPP phase 1 projects including: SESAME for 5G ESSENCE, 5G-NORMA and METIS-II for 5G MoNArch, SONATA for 5G TANGO, COgNet, SELFNET and5GEx for SLICENET, Flex5GWare for MATILDA, 5G-XCast 5GCITY, 5G MEDIA and 5G TANGO,5G-ENSURE and CHARISMA for NRG-5, Superfluidity, VirtuWind, SONATA and SESAME for NGPaaS….

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Productive Discussions at 1st SliceNet Advisory Board Meeting in Sophia Antipolis

SliceNet Advisory Board Meeting

On 23 January 2018, the 1st SliceNet Advisory Board Meeting took place in Sophia Antipolis, France. The purpose of the meeting was to present the plans and results of the project to the Advisory Board members and get their feedback.

Advisory Board Members

The seven participating Advisory Board members included (see photo, from left to right): Michael Fitch, BT; Linus Thrybom, ABB Corporate Research; Toon Norp, TNO; Marco Liebsch, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH; Rui Aguiar, University of Aveiro; Jane Zheng, Ulster University; and Klaus Martiny, Deutsche Telekom AG. They brought a wide diversity of expertise and perspectives to the meeting, from network management to vertical sector application in the energy sector and the healthcare domain.

Eight more Advisory Board members didn’t manage to fit the meeting into their busy schedules: Pål Grønsund, Telenor; Valentin Voinica, City of Alba Lulia Municipality;  Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol; Oscar Lazaro, Innovalia Association;  Pascal Bisson, Thales Services; Anand R. Prasad, NEC; Jim Leahy, OGCIO; and João Peças Lopes, INESC/ FEUP.

Topics discussed

After a project overview by project coordinator Maria Barros from Eurescom and a presentation on SliceNet’s technical vision by Qi Wang from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the participants discussed the definition of slices and the project’s overall approach to network slicing.

In the second part of the meeting, more detailed presentations from the work packages led to a productive exchange on concrete activities of the project.

The presentation by Pedro Miguel Neves from Altice Labs on SliceNet’s overall architecture was followed by a summary of use cases by Ana Cristina Aleixo from infrastructure service provider EFACEC. Dean Lorenz from IBM Vision explained their concept for intelligent/cognitive network management, and finally, Rui Calé from Altice Labs presented SliceNet’s plans and activities for contributing to standardisation.  Advice on the latter point was particularly concrete, as two of the participating Advisory Board members are leading standardisation groups – Toon Norp is chairing the 3GPP SA1 and Klaus Martiny the new ETSI working group ZSM.

The project consortium will now follow up on the numerous productive comments by the Advisory Board members and come back to them with further questions. In order to get also the opinions of the Advisory Board members who could not participate this time, the project team will organise the next Advisory Board meeting as a Web conference in Q2/2018.

Collaboration between ETSI ISG ENI and SliceNet at Workshop in Staines, London

ENI SliceNet Workshop London Dec 2017

On Dec 14th 2017, the SLICENET team held a Workshop with ETSI ISG ENI (Industry Standards Group – Experiential Networked Intelligence). This workshop was hosted by ENI in London, and unveiled possibilities for collaboration between the Standards Group and the SliceNet Project in the area of cognition-based Network Management.

The ENI/EU H2020 SliceNet Workshop addressed AI-based Network Slicing Management and investigated the options for technical co-operation between SLICENET and ENI. The workshop was a great success with almost 50 people attending. It was agreed by both parties to cooperate and a series of inter-management team conference calls were agreed. The proof of concept was discussed and further discussions are in the offing in the future.

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