5G Use Cases and Intel Innovation on Display at 5G World in London
By Caroline Chan, Vice President, GM 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platforms Group
The buzz around 5G is about much more than opening up new wireless spectrum and maximizing investments in virtualized networks; it’s the use cases that excite people in every vertical market outside the world of telecommunications.
At 5G World, we will showcase some of the compelling use cases and the underlying innovations that span the core, access and edge of the network. Let’s walk through some of the highlights we have planned in London from June 12-14.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) 5G, Multi-access Edge Computing
We will highlight a recent IIOT 5G use case test with Telia Company Finland* and Nokia* at Nokia’s factory in Oulu, Finland. The use case was of live video from an assembly line where a worker committed intentional process errors. Video data was transmitted over a 5G radio access network (RAN) and a fiber network to a data center. A hosted analytics application scanned the video data and delivered alarms to the assembly line worker resulting in reduced errors and improved performance. The application is intended to improve the productivity and safety of manufacturing conditions for workers.
The benefit of the Nokia AirFrame* solution is that Nokia will continue to monitor factory operations through its existing networks and move to 5G with a simple software upgrade in the future.
Edge Computing: Coordinating Emergency Response
For the first time, Telia Group Sweden*, Skydome* and Intel will showcase a public safety application made possible by high-powered, edge compute resources, biometrics, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR).
Applications use video and data gathered from remote cameras, monitors and sensors to alert city officials of emergency scenarios, such as fires and traffic accidents. Data is retrieved, processed and analyzed locally, reducing latency and supporting real-time responses for city managers who can coordinate and control the response using an interactive, control center, biometrics and VR/AR functionality.
5G Infrastructure Reference Design and Use Cases
Based on Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), the Intel 5G Infrastructure Architecture will make it possible to efficiently use compute infrastructure by dynamically shifting workloads based on demand. Because the infrastructure is software-based, communication service providers (CommSPs) can more rapidly deliver new edge computing solutions and services and lower the cost of operations.
At the event, we are showcasing this technology by demonstrating 4K HEVC video streaming and transcoding with AR/VR running on an Intel architecture-based virtualized RAN and edge computing platform. The demonstration has both commercially available and open source components that will allow CommSPs to quickly stand up edge services.
Amdocs* services portfolio spans the entire network from the RAN and backhaul to EPC and IMS, and can help CommSPs to deploy the required 5G infrastructure in accordance with Intel reference architecture. Intel’s demo showcases an end-to-end virtual RAN running on Intel architecture using:
Radisys*: Layer 2 and 3 software
Wind River*: Titanium Cloud software; virtualization platform
Mavenir*: Virtual evolved packet core (vEPC)
Amdocs: NFV Orchestration and Visualization powered by ONAP
Intel: FlexRAN virtual base band unit (vBBU)
Next Generation Central Office Reference Design
CommSPs are investing in Next Generation Central Offices (NGCOs) to more effectively process existing data traffic and prepare for 5G. These local edge datacenters can support at least five times the number of fixed and mobile subscribers served by traditional central offices. (read Intel blog) At 5G World, we will showcase the first reference design for NGCO deployments, utilizing the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.
Accelerating Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with Intel® Select Solutions
Momentum continues to build around the Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI program to deliver optimized, verified solutions targeting complex network workloads. 5G World London marks the launch of the Advantech* SKY-8201 High-performance Server and FWA-6170 White Box Appliance, based on Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI and powered by dual Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8160T processors. Read more about the Advantech solutions.
We also recently announced our Intel® Select Solutions for uCPE, and partners are busy getting commercial solutions to market. We are really excited with the progress and will share more details soon.
VMware* vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0 Utilizes Intel Data Plane Development Kit
In the announcement of its new, network functions virtualization (NFV) platform, VMware disclosed its work with Intel to integrate and optimize the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) network acceleration with VMware vCloud NFV 3.0. The next-generation VMware solution promises to deliver 3-5x performance improvement and the advanced features required by CommSPs.
Engage Intel at 5G World Sessions
I’m honored to deliver the 5G World keynote for Intel, titled “Enabling New Insights with 5G.” Please join me in the Keynote Theatre on June 13th at 11:25 BST as I share Intel’s vision for 5G, Network Transformation and insights from our earliest deployments.
I will be joining Nokia and RCR Wireless* for a June 14th breakfast session, titled “5G, AI & Edge Computing Tech Brief to Realize Adaptive Networks.” This should be an exciting and information session packed with real-world information from our partnership. You will need to pre-register to attend.
Several of our 5G experts, will join 5G World panels, including “Pioneering 5G Trials” on Wednesday, June 13 and “Towards vRAN Enabling 5G” on Thursday, June 14.
Visit the 5G World website for more information on times and locations of these and other informative sessions.