Experience Building a Prototype 5G Testbed

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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First International Workshop on Experimentation and Measurements in 5G (EM-5G) 2018
Place of PublicationHeraklion, Crete, Greece
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6083-8
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018
EventFirst International Workshop on Experimentation and Measurements in 5G - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 Dec 20184 Dec 2018


ConferenceFirst International Workshop on Experimentation and Measurements in 5G
Abbreviated titleEM-5G'18
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