5GENESIS experimentation methodology at Global 5G Event in Valencia

In mid-June Valencia hosted two major ICT events, the Global 5G Event and the EuCNC conference. The so-called #Valencia5Gweek had a great success, since scientists and engineers all over the world gathered and presented their latest advances in the 5G field.

Among the various topics presented, I honored to be invited in the main track of the Global 5G Event in order to present the principles of the 5GENESIS experimentation methodology, which has been successfully used in phase 1 of the planned experiments.

The session was dedicated to 5G KPI measurement and how 5G KPIs can be measured in real environments, which is one of the core topics of 5GENESIS project. Moreover, the same methodology will be also used as part of some vertical industries tests that will be executed in the framework of ICT-19 projects on top of 5GENESIS infrastructure, such as 5G!Drones project.

The defined methodology is based on a modular and hierarchical approach, as presented in slide #4.

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More specifically, an experiment is directly related to a target metric, which impacts the achieved QoE. Each metric in turn is dependent on one or more KPIs, from which on should be the target KPI and the rest are complementary ones that may have an indirect impact on the target KPI. Finally, in order to measure the KPI, specific test cases are defined under different usage scenarios, which are also dependent on the various flavors and configurations of the underlying slice.

The whole presentation is available here.

Also the presentation has been recorded and is available on YouTube.

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ICT-19-2019 InfoDay: Presentation of 5GENESIS project

On 14 September 2018, I had the privilege to present the 5GENESIS project at the ICT-19-2019 InfoDay in Brussels (link). The next big challenge for the 5G PPP community is to respond to the H2020 ICT-19 call for Advanced 5G validation trials across multiple vertical industries by 14th November  2018.

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To facilitate learning about the ICT-19 call, and the expected working relationships with the new  ICT-17 projects, an information event is organised on 14th September 2018.  This 5G PPP ICT-19 Info day  is hosted by the European Commission in Brussels (Albert Borschette Conference Center).

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The recorded webcast session of the event is available here (Not functional in Firefox).

https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/5g-ppp-phase-3-infoday

Presenting the ICT-17 5GENESIS project at the EuCNC 2018 in Ljubljana

In EuCNC 2018 in Ljubljana, I had the opportunity to present the ICT-17 5GENESIS project in a special session of the 5G-PPP for the phase 3 projects and as an introduction to the forthcoming ICT-19-2019 call “Advanced 5G validation trials across multiple vertical industries”. 5GENESIS will provide large scale prototype 5G testbeds in five European cities (Athens, Limassol, Malaga, Berlin and Surrey). These testbeds will be used by representatives of relevant business sectors (e.g. media and entertainment, e-health, automotive etc.) to validate the technological advances that 5G brings to these markets.

In this context, the main goal of 5GENESIS will be to validate 5G KPIs for various 5G use cases, in both controlled set-ups and large-scale events. This will be achieved by bringing together results from a considerable number of EU projects as well as the partners’ internal R&D activities in order to realise an integrated End-to-end 5G Facility.

The 5GENESIS Facility, as a whole, will:

  • Implement and verify all evolutions of the 5G standard, via an iterative integration and testing procedure;
  • Engage a wide diversity of technologies and chain innovations that span over all domains, achieving full-stack coverage of the 5G landscape;
  • Unify heterogeneous physical and virtual network elements under a common coordination and openness framework exposed to experimenters from the vertical industries and enabling end-to-end slicing and experiment automation; and
  • Support further experimentation projects, in particular those focused on vertical markets.

The five platforms of the 5GENESIS Facility, and their main features/orientation, are:

  • The Athens Platform. An edge-computing-enabled shared radio infrastructure (gNBs and small cells), with different ranges and overlapping coverage that are supported by an SDN/NFV enabled core, to showcase secure content delivery and low latency applications in large public-events.
  • The Málaga Platform. Automated orchestration and management of different network slices over multiple domains, on top of the 5G NR and fully virtualised core network to showcase mission critical services in the lab and in outdoor deployments.
  • The Limassol Platform. Radio interfaces of different characteristics and capabilities, combining terrestrial and satellite communications, integrated to showcase service continuity and ubiquitous access in underserved areas.
  • The Surrey Platform. Multiple radio access technologies that can support massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), including 5G NR and NB-IoT, combined under a flexible Radio Resource Management (RRM) and spectrum sharing platform to showcase massive IoT services.
  • The Berlin platform: Ultra dense areas covered by various network deployments, ranging from indoor nodes to nomadic outdoor clusters, coordinated via advanced backhauling technologies to showcase immersive service provisioning.