The core project innovation of FUDGE-5G is to apply this newly developed eSBA framework towards the control and user plane. It will be exploited by both innovative high-tech SMEs and research institutes, under the support of a major Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and its provisioned premium 5G End-to-End (E2E) facility.
The key focus of our project efforts will be to enable the highly customized cloud-native deployment of private 5G networks for realizing highly significant five vertical use cases as pure cloud-based applications, utilizing the following innovative technologies:
5GLAN (Local Area Network)
to enable a seamless integration with fixed (e.g. Ethernet, Wi-Fi) networks moving towards an “all-Ethernet” abstraction in the unified access.
for a cost-effective and scalable delivery solution when distributing the same data to multiple users and devices. Native multicast/broadcast transport capabilities in the 5GC are also required for seamless integration of 5G and Ethernet devices in the proposed “all-Ethernet” paradigm.
5G-TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking)
to address the Industry 4.0 network synchronization connectivity needs.
Intelligent vertical application orchestration
features for enabling user level service deployment control with advanced policy and cybersecurity requirements and data analytics.
The following figure shows the FUDGE-5G high-level architecture focussing on the key innovations eSBA with a fully service-based deployment of control and user plane services and an “all-Ethernet” network. FUDGE-5G components are categorised at high-level into infrastructure, platform and (control plane and user plane) services. The ecosystem is structured into: access network infrastructure provider, eSBA platform provider, mobile 5GC provider, vertical application orchestration provider and vertical service provider. FUDGE-5G services include all baseline 5GC functions alongside new 5GLAN, 5G-TSN and 5G-Multicast capabilities.
The overall FUDGE-5G architectural approach and the integration with 5G-VINNI is depicted in the next figure in which the above actors interact, utilizing the 3GPP common API framework to the communication service provider’s platform.