18 European industrial and academic partners have launched the 5G-Transformer project to define and develop an innovative 5G Mobile Transport Network Platform to support low latency vertical services. The platform will be SDN/NFV-based and target industries with a diverse set of networking and computing requirements.
5G-TRANSFORMER envisions three main architectural building blocks:
- Vertical Slicer for supporting the creation and management of slices to verticals;
- Service Orchestrator for end-to-end service orchestration and federation of resources from multiple domains;
- Mobile Transport Computing Platform as the underlying integrated fronthaul and backhaul transport.
The concept will be designed, developed, and demonstrated for three vertical industries: eHealth, Automotive, and Media & Entertainment, in addition to the more conventional mobile (virtual) network operator scenario. Trials are scheduled at different test beds in Europe during the project in 2018 and 2019.
Within the project, b<>com is participating in the definition of the transport architecture and components used in the slices and will provide some of the bricks of the MTCP to illustrate a vertical use case implementing the slicing concepts in order to provide an end-to-end use case demonstration. b<>com relies on open-source elements such as OpenAirInterface EPC, Opendaylight, and Ovs. In addition, b<>com is investigating the security impacts and requirements for transport slicing architecture.
Partners: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), NEC Europe LTD (UK), Ericsson Telecomunicazioni (Italy), Atos Spain SA (Spain), Nokia Solutions and Networks GMBH & CO KG (Germany), InterDigital Europe LTD (UK), Telefónica Investigación y, Desarrollo SA (Spain), Orange SA (France), Centro Ricerche Fiat SCpA (Italy), Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Spain), Nextworks (Italy), MIRANTIS (Portugal), Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (Spain), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), EURECOM (France), Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (Italy), Industrial Technology Research Institute Incorporated (Taïwan).
More info: http://5g-transformer.eu/