5Qs on 5G: Red Hat

Our latest 5Qs on 5G comes from open source and virtualisation specialist Red Hat’s Chris Wright. Chris is Chief Technologist at Red Hat. Red Hat’s OpenStack-based NFV Infrastructure platform is used by the likes of Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) for its CloudBand NFV solution. The company is also a member of open source projects for NFV and SDN such as the Open NFV project and Open Daylights. Here, Wright provides some open and thoughtful answers to questions that were intended to throw some light…

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5GIC details 5G architecture for context-centric networks

Architecture proposes new protocols to enable “always sufficient” user experience. 5G may require a “disruptive”, revolutionary cellular network architecture, according to a report released by the UK’s premier 5G research institute, 5GIC. 5GIC has outlined the capabilities of a new network architecture – termed the Flat Distributed Cloud (FDC) architecture – in a white paper released yesterday. The paper states that the new architecture is intended to provide the foundation for context-aware networks that provide a user experience that is…

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Mobile Edge Computing used to support live tests of assisted driving

Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer and Nokia Networks say they have demonstrated communication between vehicles via the LTE cell network with latencies of less than 20 milliseconds. The companies carried out demonstrations of assisted braking and co-operative overtaking using Mobile Edge Computing technology to site application software on compute platforms co-sited at LTE base stations. For the demos, a section of the Deutsche Telekom network was equipped with “cloudlet” MEC technology from Nokia Networks, and upgraded with position-locating technology developed by Fraunhofer ESK. This combination delivered signal…

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Telefonica, IMDEA to open Spain’s first 5G lab

Ericsson first vendor on board Spain is to get its first 5G lab, opening in November. The centre, called 5TONIC, was developed with the backing of  Telefónica and IMDEA Networks and the companies want it to be a place where actual real world, pragmatic tests can be undertaken It says this will make it “the first laboratory in Europe that proposes taking on such investigative processes from an eminently practical point of view” – although that might be disputed by the centres in…

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5G without borders: defining a European one stop shop for 5G infrastructure services

One of the promises of 5G is that it will bring about a transformation not just in network technology but in operator business models. Indeed the two are symbiotic: arguably 5G cannot happen without this transformation, and this transformation can only happen with 5G. One of the principal drivers of that transformation will be the ability to provide new service capabilities to enterprise “verticals”. And one of the principal drivers of those new service capabilities will be a network that can deliver…

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Nokia Networks clarifies and revisits 5G concept architecture

Can you unveil a concept? It seems like a bit of a PR move to put out a whole press release because you have been doing some thinking. That is what Nokia Networks did today, as it “unveiled” a concept architecture for 5G networks. But despite the “launch” tag that Nokia Networks has put on this, Inside5G readers should really see this as revision – a useful primer on how it might be possible to build the sort of dynamic,…

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Vendors and operators combine to develop 5G architecture concepts

Telco architectures never die, they just decompose 5GPPP has brought together a clutch of major vendors and operators to work under its auspices on developing new concepts, and potentially commercialised technology, that would support a new architecture suitable for 5G. The key challenge of a 5G network architecture is to be able to allocate resources across multi-layer networks to service use cases with very different performance and security requirements. To do that from within a single 5G network will almost…

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MoU Season For 5G As Companies Link Up

The bells are ringing as we move into what must be 5G wedding season. Two high-profile Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) were signed this week as companies continue to take a co-operational approach to the network. Firstly, Alcatel-Lucent, recently acquired by Nokia Networks, has signed a collaboration with South Korea’s KT. The pair will work to test technologies before eventually introducing 5G mobile networks and infrastructure. “a way to … accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry” Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised Radio Access Network…

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5Qs on 5G: With Accedian Networks

Accedian Networks certainly has a few things to say on the subject of 5G as it looks to maintain its reputation for service provider SDN, mobile backhaul and small cells moving into the next-generation. Scott Sumner, VP Solutions of Development and Marketing, is realistic about 5G, and speaks about what he sees as a strictly evolutionary network. What can Accedian contribute to 5G? 5G networks will be increasingly dynamic, crowded with competing applications, and will require exceptional QoS. Coordinated multipoint…

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5Qs on 5G: With Telekom Austria

With eight European subsidiaries, the Telekom Austria group is one of the major telecommunications players in south of the continent and the largest in its home market. Moving forward, the company is closely following the path of NGMN as it looks to evolve its network for 5G. Sascha Zabransky, Director of Service Network & IT, spoke to Inside5G to talk about how the operator is proceeding in order to meet the challenges of a new generation. How are you approaching the subject of 5G?…

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