The main vehicle for providing customised 5G network infrastructures for specific applications and services is the cloud computing technology extended to include the network infrastructure (cloud networking).
The most promising architecture and implementation comes from Software Defined Networking (SDN) where networks can be dynamically programmed through centralized control points and from Network Function Virtualization (NFV) enabling the cost-efficient deployment and runtime of network functions as software only.
Through this, the specific services can be highly customised, enabling the seamless integration of different heterogeneous networks such as satellite networks.
Open Baton Release 3 represents a comprehensive NFV MANO platform for managing your Network Services. It provides:
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is promising to provide the technology that provides flexible Quality of Service and very low latency. By modifying the 4G LTE architecture and integrating OpenFlow (SDN protocol) towards the 5G architecture, this new architecture promises to fulfil the requirements and to achieve better performances while participating to the network functions virtualization.
The SDN Core is a practical implementation of advanced features based on the following specifications and functionalities:
The 5GMTC software toolkit addresses the needs of M2M communication services within highly heterogeneous and dynamic environments. It provides the extension of the 5G networks towards securely connecting many IoT devices.
IMS is based on the Open IMS Core to deploy an Open Source implementation of IMS Call Session Control Functions (CSCFs) and a lightweight Home Subscriber Server (HSS), which together form the core elements session management and application services architecture. The four components are all based upon Open Source software (e.g. the SIP Express Router (SER) or MySQL).
Based on the Saguna Open-RAN to deliver a ETSI MEC standard-based solution which quickly and effectively offers MEC solution in support of services for Internet-of-things (IoT), Tactile Internet, virtual probes, content delivery and enterprise applications.
Saguna Open-RAN MEC platform is a fully virtualized software solution. The MEC standard-based platform creates an open ecosystem for third-party MEC applications.
One of the main key differentiators will be the virtualisation/abstraction capabilities of the satellite networks (ie. Virtualized Satellite Networks (VSN) and VSN-as-a-Service concepts), to federate different domains to provide hybrid end-to-end network services.
The 5G SoC will provide a major step forward in delivering a facility that will combine the communications capability of both terrestrial and satellite telecommunications systems. The capability will be key to the development of new products and services.