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FUlly DisinteGrated private nEtworks for 5G verticals

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FUDGE-5G (FUlly DisinteGrated private nEtworks for 5G verticals)

Reporting period: 2020-09-01 to 2021-08-31

The main objective of FUDGE-5G is to devise, assess and demonstrate a conceptually novel and forward-looking cloud-native, unified and secured service-based 5G architecture, solutions and systems for private networks. FUDGE-5G efforts are focused to enable extreme interoperability and customization for industry verticals among wired and wireless access infrastructure (“all-Ethernet” 5GLAN with 5G-Multicast and 5G-TSN support), eSBA platform, mobile 5GC, service orchestration and vertical applications. FUDGE-5G aims to accelerate the (inevitable) shift to a fully software-based 5G core network by offering a disintegrated environment where components, both in control and user plane, can be deployed anywhere as micro-services (i.e. edge, on premises and cloud), being agnostic to the underlying infrastructure. This softwarization will enable the usage of off-the-shelf commodity HW to deliver additional cost savings, faster deployments and ultimately greater adoption for private networks.
The objectives for the project and the level of accomplishment during the first 12 months are:
1 Define innovative use cases for private 5G Networks.
o FUDGE-5G defined 5 innovative use cases and associated technical blueprints which were detailed in D1.1.
2 Design a platform enabling extreme deployment customization for private network.
o The platform has been designed and described in D1.2.
3 Devise enabling 5G technology elements for innovative private networks.
o The development of components incorporating advanced 5G technology is on-going. Initial progress is shown in D2.1.
4 Building and integrate the developed FUDGE-5G technology into the FUDGE-5G Platform.
o The project took a CI/CD sandbox approach to integrate each component together into the Platform and performed preliminary tests.
5 Perform at least five field trials for private 5G networks to validate the TRL of the FUDGE-5G Platform and its components.
o Trials for four of the five use cases have been carried out, using preliminary and standalone versions of the components. The second phase of the project will use the FUDGE-5G Platform to orchestrate and manage customized versions of these components.
6 Promote FUDGE-5G technology innovations in relevant SDOs.
o FUDGE-5G consortium is well positioned inside standardization groups. Up to this point, 18 contributions have been made to 3GPP and IETF; with 15 being accepted or noted for further consideration.
7 Demonstrate the value of the FUDGE-5G technology innovations to relevant industry groups.
o FUDGE-5G has organized 2 workshops, submitted 5 journal papers, realized 1 demo and collaborates with other 4 5GPPP projects. All these efforts showcase the value of FUGDE-5G developments to the relevant players.
WP1 did the technical blueprints of the 5G use cases, detailing the goals, advantages of NPNs, scenario planning, required KPIs, component ecosystem and risks plus challenges. Additionally, the FUDGE-5G Platform architecture, providing the disintegration and customization features under the cloud-native paradigm was also devised during this first project year.
WP2 catalogued and released the first version of the state-of-the-art components that will form the platform. These components already feature advanced 5G techniques such as 5GLAN or 5G-TSN; while others like 5G-Multicast are being developed.
WP3 supervised the partner effort to on-board, integrate and test the end-to-end connectivity of the components in an interoperable manner. For the PPDR and Media Use Case, a Network-on-Wheels (NoW) was assembled together inside a mobile truck box for outdoor trials. The NoW features an end-to-end private network, composed by a 5G SA Core components from two partners, a gNB and associated RF parts, and an antenna and mast to provide local coverage.
WP4 aggregates all the trials execution and component validation. It used the NoW to carry the first phase trials of the project for the PPDR and Media use case. The interconnected NPNs first trials were a device belonging to German NPN was able to attach into an Spanish NPN. Virtual Office did an interoperability test between hospital sensors and the data dashboard.
WP5 identified 14 innovations that push the 5G technology beyond the state-of-the-art and strengthen the consortium portfolio for 5G-NPNs components. Additionally, FUDGE-5G pushed 15 accepted or pending contributions to SDOs in the first year. WP5 also published 3 newsletters so far; organized 2 workshops and submitted 9 scientific papers and conferences.
FUDGE-5G is showing the feasibility of cloud-native and European-made technologies for 5G private networks. Cloud-native enabled components allow for quick customization via scalability and elasticity while keeping the high availability inherent to cloud technologies. The components also feature Rel-16/Rel-17 key enabler technologies: 5G-TSN, 5GLAN and 5G-Multicast. The project features an Interconnected NPNs use case, an scenario not supported in current specifications.
The end-goal of FUDGE-5G is to create a disintegrated and automated platform, where the lifecycle of the different 5G components are being orchestrated. This platform provides the customization, service routing and unification of several access networks. During the last part of the project, the platform and its underlying components will be validated in Telenor infrastructure, reusing the deployment work done in 5G-VINNI.
Verticals that currently benefit from 4G private networks will see a KPI upgrade when switching to 5G, while the new low-latency features of 5G enables new businesses such as media production or Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 use case configuration for the test cases
Virtual office scenario
Interconnected NPN home subscriber scenario
High-level vision of the PPDR use case
Concurrent media delivery high-level topology