- Slicing (eMMB, URLLC, mMTC)
- Service Orchestration (Nokia)
- NFV MANO, NFVI and vEMS (Samsung)
- 5G RAN incl. 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz (Samsung)
- 5G Core (Samsung)
- 3GPP compliance
- Rel’15 in 2019, Rel’16 in 2021
- NSA in 2019, SA in 2021
The 5G-VINNI UK facility will validated against a wide set of use cases, sufficient to demonstrate capability required to support a broad spectrum of 5G services, tested against KPIs majoring on bandwidth, throughput, reliability, coverage and latency. The UK facility will support a wide range of 5G applications and services, including, but not limited to:
- Public safety, public protection and disaster relief – providing 5G capability typically in emergency situations, for example providing support and resource to blue-light services.
- Transportation and connected vehicles – focusing on connectivity to vehicle, train, and other forms of transport. The UK 5G-VINNI facility will demonstrate a variety of use cases that support this major 5G service sector, covering critical communications, infotainment, diagnostics and external environment analysis (road/track conditions).
- Media production and distribution – providing the communications required to support rapid movement of content from creation to consumption, supporting media organisations on the move.
- Health and social care – using 5G to improve people’s lives through easier access to healthcare services, typically involving great levels of on-site care.
- AR/VR/MR – supporting a wide range of extended reality services supporting gaming, tourism, entertainment, and other services where the user’s experience can be enhanced through audio/visual innovations.
The intention is to develop a highly flexible and dynamic test environment which can be adapted to meet requirements from ICT-19 projects and external trial requirements.
5G functions in 3GPP domain (5G RAN and Core)
The facility is intended to offer both sub-6GHz Massive MIMO (3.4-3.6GHz) and mmWave (26GHz) 5G NR capabilities, combined with virtualized RAN, Core and EMS functions. These will be supported within network slices, and can be configured as either a cloud-based centralised architecture to demonstrate scalability and flexibility, or as a MEC deployment. The RAN and Core will be and, orchestrated by the NFV and Service Orchestration functions.
The Service Orchestration providing Network Slicing as a Service will be implemented by Nokia using core components from the Flowone Suite. The implementation of this will be similar as explained for the Norway facility above. The main difference is that it will integrate with 5G RAN and Core EMS from Samsung as compared to the 5G RAN and Core EMS and in the Norway facility.
There will be a need in commercial network deployments to support inter-operator slice interworking. The UK facility will support testing of this, but would need a reciprocal facility to enable a genuinely interworking application to be tested.
Virtualized Infrastructure and NFV Orchestration
The NFVO will be provided by the Nokia with the CloudBand Network Director (CBND) NFVO supporting the orchestration functions within the MANO. This implementation is also similar to the implementation of NFVO in the Norway facility. One difference here is the integration from the NFVO and VNFM to the 5G RAN and Core VNFs from Samsung as compared to those used in the Norway facility.