Nokia has kicked off a research effort effort to take 5G use cases from the conceptual stage into real world testbeds. Helping with the project will be a consortium of 14 industrial and academic organizations from six European countries, which will have a budget of $7.7 million to investigate use cases in a variety of vertical industries such as automotive, healthcare and media. The effort will run during the next two years.
The research project, known as 5G MoNArch (5G Mobile Network Architecture) will focus on network slicing, which uses software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and analytics.
5G MoNArch is Phase II of the European Union’s 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP), which began in 2015 with 5G-NORMA – 5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture. 5G NORMA’s goal was to develop an adaptable, energy efficient mobile network architecture that could handle handle fluctuations in traffic demand resulting from heterogeneous and dynamically changing service portfolios and to changing local context.
In continuation of 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch enriches the original architectural concepts of the first phase with innovations such as cloud-enabled network protocols, and showcases the new technology in two testbeds. The flexible and programmable architecture will support vast variety of services, use cases, and applications.
5G MoNArch’s specific goal is to use network slicing to logically (not physically) sectorize the network so that separate services are supported by each “separate” logical network. As 5G networks need to simultaneously support various services with different requirements, network slicing will be a crucial aspect of the network architecture, providing flexible and adaptive networks which fulfill the 5G requirements.