EXCITING Presenting at the Global Network Technology Conference (GNTC) in Beijing)

The Global Network Technology Conference (GNTC), organised by the EXCITING partner BII (Beijing Internet Institute) took place in the Sheraton Great Wall Hotel, Beijing from 7-9 December, 2016.

Comprising six technological summits (IPv6, SDN, NFV, 5G, NB-IoT and Cloud Computing) and several technical workshop (including Open-O, ONF-SDN Skills Certification, CORD), the event, attended by thousands, provided the opportunity to update or consolidate knowledge in many of the key technologies associated with the Next Generation Internet.

The technologies of SDN, NFV and slicing were common themes in the keynote presentations and throughout the 5G Summit. There was no indication that Europe is lacking R&D activity in any major topic. The subject of Information Centric Networks in relation to 5G was a novel approach introduced by the China Academy of Science (a partner in EXCITING), but also in this respect, there is ongoing work in H2020.

A presentation from ETSI showed that standardisation of the 5G architecture is well advanced and the speaker informed that standardisation bodies worldwide are well aligned.

The presentation on wireless technologies and energy aspects from HUST (also a partner in EXCITING) demonstrated the depth of their technical expertise.

An overview of research on 5G in Europe and the EXCITING project (as an example of EU-China collaboration on 5G (and IoT)) were also presented in the 5G Summit session, by Martel.

The conference had a strong Open Source presence, with presentations from ON.Lab, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the Linux Foundation and a dedicated session for CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacentre), who were also represented in many of the other sessions. CORD exploits virtual network functions as an interconnected set of elastic and scalable services, all managed by Open Source software – specifically ONOS (Open Network Operating System), OpenStack, and XOS1 – to unify SDN, NFV, and the Cloud under a common, intuitive, carrier-grade framework. European operators (e.g. Telefonica) and vendors (e.g. Nokia) are members of the CORD initiative.

In particular, Mobile CORD (M-CORD) Integrates disaggregated and virtualized RAN, disaggregated and virtualized EPC, and mobile edge computing with CORD and is said to help service providers and vendors move closer to realising 5G.