Global 5G R&D initiatives have been launched in major economic areas worldwide. Evidence of this are actions in Europe undertaken by the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) in a contractual Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, as well as several actions globally. Major international standards developing organisations (SDOs) and industry alliances such as 3GPP and the NGMN (Next-Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance are also active in 5G specific initiatives.
According to the leading SDOs and other stakeholders, intelligent network slicing has been identified as a crucial enabler for provisioning flexible, cost-efficient and tailored services in software-networking based 5G networks. However, towards implementation and deployment of 5G infrastructures four gaps have to be filled:
- End-to-end (E2E) fixed/mobile slicing has been identified as a high-priority technical gap to help support E2E application quality. To date reported prototypes do not implement intelligent slicing across administrative domains and are far from realising large-scale operation.
- The Quality of Experience (QoE) of users of 5G network slices has to be addressed without over-provisioning of QoS. Cognitive enablers, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, have been suggested in this regard.
- Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) slice-based enablers, offering ultra-low latency, are widely suggested as critical to support innovative next generation vertical services.
- Vertical industry related studies yield a very strong interest of the vertical stakeholders to form partnerships with 5G industry stakeholders in achieving 5G’s vision of a fully connected society. To date little attention has been given to facilitate easy and flexible vertical business integration.
Addressing the importance of filling these gaps, the workshop will cover topics such as:
- Integrated cognitive network management for intelligent 5G network slicing
- Cognitive QoE slice management for service assurance
- Intelligent slice intent modelling and translation mechanisms
- MEC slice-based enablers for ultra-low latency services
- Provisioning and control of customer-defined network slices
- Northbound slice management interfaces towards vertical application orchestration mechanisms
- Vertical service prototyping and field studies
- 5G Vertical Business Modelling
- Global Operators Case Studies