Nokia (News - Alert) this week formally launched 5G MoMArch. That’s the name of a 5G mobile network architecture research project.
It’s part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Specifically, it’s part of Phase II of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership effort. That effort is providing the funding and other support. Nokia, which has been a key contributor to 5G-PPP since 2015, is leading the 5G MoMArch charge. And 14 organizations from the academic and industrial worlds are participating.
The goal of the two-year, 7.7 million ? effort is to use network slicing to support use cases in verticals such as automotive, health care, and media. Network slicing is a way of logically segmenting a network to address different requirements. It leverages analytics, network functions virtualization, orchestration, and software-defined networking.
"5G PPP brings together a range of stakeholders from the communications technology sector and other industries,” says Peter Merz, head of end-to-end mobile networks solutions at Nokia Bell Labs (News - Alert). “We follow a shared architecture of what the next-generation communications infrastructure needs to look like to enable and meet the network demands of the next decade. 5G communication needs both private and public entities to invest in the infrastructure and ensure Europe remains competitive."
5G MoNArch aims to create a detailed specification and extension of 5G architecture. It expects to enhance architectural designs with things like inter-slice control and cross-domain management, experiment-driven modeling and optimization, and native cloud-enabled protocol stack. It will work on providing innovations related to resilience, resource elasticity, and security that are needed for specific use case.
It also will evaluate, validate, and verify how how these architectures performs in real-world scenarios. For example, the group is employing its solutions in a popular tourist destination in which there’s heavy communications usage. It’s also testing secure and reliable communication in a seaport environment.
Edited by Maurice Nagle