Introduction

5G networks were envisioned and are being standardised to accelerate the digitalisation currently underway in a wide range of industries, such as Manufacturing, eHealth, Automotive and Utilities. While 5G will be able to dynamically configure the physical network to address different customer demands, the full potential from innovative products and automated business processes will be met as soon as network operators expose open interfaces to external entities.

Overview of the study

The purpose of this survey is to better understand how experimenters would like to interact with 5G-VINNI during the planning, setup, run and analysis phases. This study should last 10 to 20 minutes.

The survey has the following main parts:

  • You and your organization
  • Envisaged interactions during the planning phase
  • Envisaged interactions during the setup and run phases
  • Envisaged interactions during the analysis phase

Who are we?

5G VINNI (https://www.5g-vinni.eu/) is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project that will provide a state-of-the-art 5G testbed for industries to experiment with breakthrough use cases and help them validate their business potential.

Confidentiality

Any information you give will be kept completely confidential. Furthermore, this survey is anonymous and thus in no cases will responses from individual participants be identified. The server running the experiment is based at Eurescom GmbH, Germany. The data collected from this online study will be stored and managed by the project members based at Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.

Publication

All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. The results from this study will be made publically available (on the Web) through a project report, and may potentially be used for other research purposes, such as conference and journal publications. 5G-VINNI can collaborate with your ICT-19 project to provide additional statistics and insights.

Withdrawal from study

Participation is voluntary, refusal to take part in the study involves no penalty or loss of benefits to which participants are otherwise entitled, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.

Thank you for participating

The 5G-VINNI team

Please answer the following general questions about you and your organisation



1. Which is the main industry in which your company is doing business (e.g., in terms of revenue)?

Smart cities and transportationAutomotiveManufacturingeHealthUtilitiesMedia/EntertainmentPublic safetyFinancialDigital retailSmart agriculture/aquacultureOther industryNot part of a business entity

1a. Please specify...

2. What is your role in the organization?

Member of AdministrationMember of Product management or developmentMember of Production & Manufacturing DepartmentMember of Operations DepartmentMember of Technology analysis or developmentMember of Research and Development DepartmentMember of Information Technology DepartmentMember of Customer Relationships DepartmentMember of Inventory DepartmentMember of Human Resource Management DepartmentMember of Accounting and Finance DepartmentMember of Marketing and Advertising DepartmentOther roleNot part of a business entity

2a. Please specify...

3. What is the size of your organization in terms of employees?

1-10 employees11-50 employees51-200 employees201-500 employees501-1000 employees1001-5000 employees5001+ employees

4. Have you ever participated in any of the following initiatives (multiple options can be selected)?

Public Private Partnerships (e.g., 5G-PPP)EU-funded projects (e.g., under Horizon 2020)National/regional research innovation projectsother


Please answer the following questions on how you (and your organisation) would like to interact with 5G-VINNI during the planning phase?


5. The 5G-VINNI facility is composed of four (4) interoperable main facility sites in Norway, UK, Spain and Greece, which will facilitate the rapid experimentation by European organisations. On how many 5G-VINNI facility sites do you plan to setup and run experiments, either as a member of an EU-funded project or as an individual organisation?

0 (e.g., not interested in running experiments in 5G-VINNI)1 (e.g., the closest one)1-3 (e.g., for replicating an experiment to additional regions, or experiments spanning across several 5G-VINNI facility sites)All 4Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

6. With how many 5G-VINNI facility sites do you plan to have a business relationship with?

0 (e.g., not interested in running experiments in 5G-VINNI)1 (e.g., regardless of how many facility sites I will be running experiments on, I expect to be able to choose a single facility site as a contact point for all technical and financial matters)More than 1 (e.g., I prefer to contact each individual facility site for experiment details and financial arrangements)Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

7. Do you plan to run experiments on other precommercial 5G facilities (e.g., from 5G EVE or 5GENESIS)?

No (e.g., not planning to run experiments in other 5G facilities)One of themMore than oneDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

8. Assuming that each experiment iteration consists of 4 phases (plan, setup, execution and analysis), how many people in your organisation will be involved during the experiments’ lifecycle?

1 (e.g., a single person will be responsible during the experiments’ lifecycle)2-4 (e.g., some will be responsible for more than one phases of the experiment(s))More than 4 (e.g., a team of people will be involved in each experiment stage)Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

9. Will you collaborate with third parties while planning your experiments in 5G-VINNI ?

Probably yes (e.g., we may need some consultancy during the planning phase)YesDon’t know

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10. How do you expect to interact with 5G-VINNI facility offerings during the planning phase (e.g., learn about supported services, choose preferred ones, etc.)?

Offline (e.g., via phone or email based on information gathered at workshops and static webpages)During face-to-face meetings with 5G-VINNI representativesVia a 5G-VINNI portal providing a service catalogueBy invoking well-defined APIs to a 5G-VINNI portal/ service catalogueDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

11. If you had to obtain a license in order to consume capabilities and other services (e.g., VNFs or VAFs) from third parties, which option would you prefer for license management?

5G-VINNI should not be involved at all5G-VINNI to provide a link to the licensing server of each third party, but my organization should be responsible for obtaining the appropriate license5G-VINNI to act as a one-stop shopDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

12. In case the experiments to be performed require a payment to 5G-VINNI, are you going to share the costs with other organisations?

No (e.g., experiments will involve my organisation only)Yes, >1 additional organisations will contribute and we will split the bill internallyYes, >1 additional organisations will contribute and we would prefer 5G-VINNI to perform cost allocation in a fair mannerDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

13. Would you sign a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with 5G-VINNI facility site for agreeing on the service standards to be met?

Yes, agreeing on an SLA is very important and 5G-VINNI should initiate the process based on the details of my experimentsYes, agreeing on an SLA is key for building trust but we would like to specify the terms to be included before receiving a 5G-VINNI offerDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

14. Would you sign a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with 5G-VINNI facility site for agreeing on the service standards to be met?

No (e.g., we will use capabilities from 5G-VINNI only)Yes, but if only these were tested and certified by 5G-VINNIYes, even if these capabilities fail to pass 5G-VINNI testsDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

15. What type of 5G-VINNI capabilities and services would you choose to use?

Standard network slices (i.e., enhanced Mobile BroadBand-eMBB, ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications-uRLLC, massive Internet of Things-mIOT)Custom configuration of standard network slices (e.g., adding multiple VNF instances to eMBB slices for redundancy)Combination of standard network slices (e.g., combining ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications with enhanced Mobile BroadBand for very high mobility support)Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

16. What are your expectations regarding underlying network conditions (e.g., background traffic)?

Don’t mind if network conditions are exogenously defined (e.g., by 5G-VINNI experts)Need to be able to define what/when/where events (e.g., physical infrastructure failures, virtual machine congestion) will be taking placeDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

17. What are your expectations regarding network slices’ dimensioning during setup phase (e.g., regarding maximum uplink/downlink capacity)?

Don’t mind, 5G-VINNI experts should perform network slice dimensioningNeed to be able to finetune parts of the network slice (e.g., RAN, Core Network, etc.)Need to be able to manage the lifecycle of the involved VNFs and finetune their operationNeed to be able to manage the virtual machines hosting the VNFs, as well as manage and finetune these VNFsDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

18. What are your expectations regarding network slices’ dimensioning at run-time?

Don’t mind, 5G-VINNI experts should manage network slicesNeed to be able to finetune parts of the network slice (e.g., RAN, Core Network, etc.)Need to be able to manage the lifecycle of the involved VNFs and finetune their operationNeed to be able to manage the virtual machines hosting the VNFs, as well as manage and finetune these VNFsDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

19. Would you run experiments concurrently with other 5G-VINNI enterprises?

Need a dedicated facility site for the whole duration of my experiments (e.g., for performance and/or security reasons)Need a dedicated network slice for my experimentsSometimes (e.g., I would request a dedicated network slice during the first experiments and gradually move to a shared one or vice versa)Need to run all my experiment on a close-to-reality environment, thus prefer to share the resources of a network sliceDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

20. Are you going to run experiments with actual users (e.g., selected customers or employees of yours)?

No (e.g., interested in testing the technical feasibility of a service only)Probably no (e.g., most likely the services to be tested will involve simulated users only)Most likely yes (e.g., hopefully the services to be tested will be mature enough to reach actual users)Yes (e.g., getting feedback from actual users is key)Not interested in running experiments (e.g., interested in testing the technical feasibility of a service only)Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

21. Are you going to run experiments with actual users from any mobile operator?

No (e.g., recruiting users from a single operator is fine)Maybe (e.g., recruiting users from a single operator should be fine)Most likely yes (e.g., I expect that it will be hard to reach the minimum number of actual users if these originate from a single mobile operator only)Yes, (e.g., involving actual users from any mobile operator is key to verify interoperability)Not interested in running experiments (e.g., with actual users)Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

22. Are you going to restrict the set of users that can participate in your experiments?

No (e.g., anyone will be able to participate)Most likely yes (e.g., eventually I will need to test access policies)Yes (e.g., I need to be able to check that access to services will be by “invitation-only”)Don’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

Please answer the following questions on how you (and your organization) would like to interact with 5G-VINNI during the analysis phase:

23. How would you prefer to track the status of your experiments?

Offline (e.g., receive an email/ call by a 5G-VINNI facility manager)Manually (e.g., by visiting a special-purpose experiments’ status webpage)Automatically, (e.g., by receiving system-generated alerts/notifications about certain experiment status changes)Don’t know

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24. Which status updates of your experiments are the most important ones (multiple options can be selected)?

Confirmation for successful events (e.g., uploading a new experiment description)Notification about errors (e.g., missing descriptions, incompatibilities, etc.)Informative messages (e.g., resource usage thresholds exceeded, billing events, etc.)Don’t know

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25. How frequently the status of your experiments (including resource usage) should be updated?

At the end of the experiment’s iterationAt the end of dayEvery hourAt real-timeDon’t know

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26. How do you expect to analyse the results of your experiments?

Own applications collect required data for analysing the experiments’ resultsStandard 5G-VINNI reports should be createdCustom reports should be supported by 5G-VINNIDon’t know

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27. How many iterations of the exact same experiment are you going to execute over time?

Just oneMost probably a couple of additional onesMany iterations will be neededDon’t know

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28. Are you going to replicate the exact same experiment to other 5G-VINNI facility sites?

NoProbably noMost likely yesYesDon’t know

Optionally, you can justify your response or include your comments on this question, below:

29. Are you going to share experiment results with other organisations (e.g., for best practices, consultancy, etc.)?

No (e.g., sharing reports will threaten our “first mover” advantage)Most likely knowledge will not be useful to other organisationsYes, we plan to share the knowledge obtained with other organisationsDon’t know

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