Nokia leads 5G-MoNArch project to take mobile architecture into ‘real world’

Created August 31, 2017
Applications and Research

Pictured, left, the Monarch project launch in July 2017.

• 5G-MoNArch project coordinated by Nokia as part of Phase II of the European 5G-PPP initiative
• 5G mobile architecture put into practice with industry-led use cases
• 14 research institute partners co-operate in this flagship project

Nokia has formally launched the 5G MoNArch (5G Mobile Network Architecture) research project. Supported and financed as part of Phase II of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership, under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, 5G MoNArch will put fifth-generation mobile network architecture into practice.

The project consortium, consisting of 14 leading industrial and academic partners and coordinated by Nokia, will focus on the implementation of a set of 5G use cases in real-world testbeds.

5G MoNArch’s specific goal is to use network slicing, which capitalizes on the capabilities of software-defined networking, network functions virtualization, orchestration, and analytics, to support a variety of use cases in vertical industries such as automotive, healthcare, and media.

Network slicing is a technique where the network is logically sectorized, so that separate services are supported by each distinct logical network. As 5G networks need to simultaneously support various services with different requirements, network slicing will be a crucial aspect of the network architecture, providing flexible and adaptive networks which fulfill the 5G requirements.

Now, in the second phase of 5G-PPP, 5G MoNArch aims to complement the initial groundwork by bringing these concepts to practical deployment.

5G MoNArch involves 14 key mobile network players from six European countries, bringing together the complementary background and technical know-how required to turn the project’s vision into reality. It will run for two years with a total budget of €7.7 million.

In continuation of 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch enriches the original architectural concepts of the first phase with innovations such as cloud-enabled network protocols, and showcases the new technology in two testbeds. The flexible and programmable architecture will support the vast variety of services, use cases, and applications that 5G will bring in the next years.

Objectives of 5G MoNArch
• Detailed specification and extension of 5G architecture
• Enhancement of architectural designs with key enabling innovations such as cross-domain management and native cloud-enabled protocol stack
• Functional innovations for dedicated 5G use cases: resilience, security, and resource elasticity
• Deployment and experimental implementation of the architecture for two use cases in “real-world” testbeds
• Evaluation, validation, and verification of the architecture performance

More information is on the project website

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.