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Experience building a prototype 5G testbed

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Xenofon Foukas, Mahesh K. Marina, Fragkiskos Sardis, Maria A. Lema, Fox Foster, Mischa Dohler

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEM-5G 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Workshop on Experimentation and Measurements in 5G, Part of CoNEXT 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages13-18
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360838
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018
Event1st International Workshop on Experimentation and Measurements in 5G, EM-5G 2018, co-located with ACM CoNEXT 2018 - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 Dec 2018 → …

Conference

Conference1st International Workshop on Experimentation and Measurements in 5G, EM-5G 2018, co-located with ACM CoNEXT 2018
CountryGreece
CityHeraklion
Period4/12/2018 → …

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Abstract

While experimental work in the context of 5G has gained significant traction over the past few years, the focus has mainly been on testing the features and capabilities of novel designs and architectures using very simple testbed setups. However, with the emergence of network slicing as a key feature of 5G, creating larger scale infrastructures capable of supporting virtualized end-to-end mobile network services is of paramount importance for experimentation. In this work, we describe our experience in building such a prototype cross-domain testbed targeting 5G use cases, by enabling multi-tenancy through the virtualization of the underlying infrastructure. The capabilities of the testbed are demonstrated through the use case of neutral-host indoor small-cell deployments, followed by a discussion on the challenges we faced while building the testbed, which open up new research opportunities in this space.

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