The 5G-VINNI facility in Portugal is located in Aveiro. It is based on extensive computational and networking infrastructure available at Altice Labs (ALB) and Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT). The facility will be integrated in the “Aveiro 5G City” initiative, including multiple 5G-related activities and projects, both national and international, in which Altice Labs is playing the leading role. The facility will be able to support and showcase a wide range of 5G features and functionalities.
Experimentation activities to be carried out in the Portugal facility will be targeted at three main areas:
- NG-PON2-based 5G fronthauling & backhauling; throughput capacity, fixed/mobile convergence, cost reduction
- OSS layer: network slice lifecycle management; autonomic and self-organizing networks; service reliability and agility
- Edge Computing: low latency, bandwidth efficiency
In these three areas, Altice Labs will make use of components developed in-house or in the scope of previous H2020 projects, as described below. These components can be replicated in different 5G-VINNI facility sites.
Summary of capabilities
- Service Orchestration (Alticelabs)
- NG-PON2-based 5G front/backhaul (Alticelabs)
- NFVI (OpenStack)
- SDN (ODL)
- Cloud RAN
The KPIs to be tested, validated and demonstrated at the facility will be mainly related with the technical areas identified above. These are, among others:
- reliability/resiliency (URLCC)
- throughput (eMBB)
- latency (URLCC)
- service deployment time (all)
- costs savings (CapEx and OpEx)
In the Portugal facility, several use cases will be developed including transportation (5G-enhanced railway control systems), energy distribution (advanced smart grid infrastructures) and public network resilience and safety (core network components and ICT systems). In addition, other use cases may be developedddition, other use cases may be developed.
In terms of infrastructure, broadly speaking, three main areas can be defined:
- NG-PON2 access network technology for 5G mobile fronthaul/backhaul connectivity;
- Edge Cloud infrastructure, including MEC components and virtual BBU;
- Core Cloud infrastructure, including 5G Core components (currently EPC) and OSS systems.
A brief description is provided below.
Access/Edge network infrastructure:
- vBBU: Cloud-Based Centralized Base-Band Unit, featuring packet-based fronthaul support;
- ONT-NGPON2-5G: Remote Radio Head, featuring native NG-PON2 uplink, with packet-based fronthaul, in line with CPRI over Ethernet (eCPRI), Next Generation Fronthaul Interface (NGFI) and Radio over Ethernet (RoE);
- ONT-NGPON2-eCPRI: Mobile FrontHaul Gateway, between packet-based NG-PON2 fronthaul (eCPRI/NGFI) and RRHs supporting CPRI/OBSAI interface.
- Testbed consisting of servers with Intel Xeon/ Intel Core i7 cores, currently totalling 500 GB RAM and 90 Cores, and running the OpenStack Cloud Platform (Kilo and Liberty releases with KVM). The lab also includes an OpenFlow-based infrastructure including 2 Pica8 SDN switches supporting OpenFlow 1.4 and a number of OpenvSwitch network nodes (2.2 to 2.5) controlled by OpenDaylight SDN platform (Beryllium release). Connectivity of the SDN/Cloud infrastructure to external networks and the Internet is provided by a standard IP/MPLS network, based on Cisco routers (7200, 2800, and 3700 series).