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A Study of 5G Edge-Central Core Network Split Options

Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute, 10589 Berlin, Germany
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Academic Editors: Posco Fung Po Tso, Takahiro Shinagawa and Kiho Lim
Network 2021, 1(3), 354-368; https://doi.org/10.3390/network1030020
Received: 3 November 2021 / Revised: 14 December 2021 / Accepted: 17 December 2021 / Published: 20 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Networks and Systems for Edge Computing)
With the wide adoption of edge compute infrastructures, an opportunity has arisen to deploy part of the functionality at the edge of the network to enable a localized connectivity service. This development is also supported by the adoption of “on-premises” local 5G networks addressing the needs of different vertical industries and by new standardized infrastructure services such as Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). This article introduces a comprehensive set of deployment options for the 5G network and its network management, complementing MEC with the connectivity service and addressing different classes of use cases and applications. We have also practically implemented and tested the newly introduced options in the form of slices within a standard-based testbed. Our performed validation proved their feasibility and gave a realistic perspective on their impact. The qualitative assessment of the connectivity service gives a comprehensive overview on which solution would be viable to be deployed for each vertical market and for each large-scale operator situation, making a step forward towards automated distributed 5G deployments. View Full-Text
Keywords: 5G core networks; backhaul; end-to-end orchestration; end-to-end 5G network management; 6G organic networks 5G core networks; backhaul; end-to-end orchestration; end-to-end 5G network management; 6G organic networks
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Corici, M.; Chakraborty, P.; Magedanz, T. A Study of 5G Edge-Central Core Network Split Options. Network 2021, 1, 354-368. https://doi.org/10.3390/network1030020

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Corici, Marius, Pousali Chakraborty, and Thomas Magedanz. 2021. "A Study of 5G Edge-Central Core Network Split Options" Network 1, no. 3: 354-368. https://doi.org/10.3390/network1030020

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