5G

Assuring 5G network slice performance

As data generated by ultra-reliable, low-latency services such as autonomous cars and connected factories traverses 5G networks, it needs to be monitored in real-time for key network KPIs: capacity, throughput and bandwidth allocation. Guaranteeing critical measurements of latency, reliability and connectivity requires real-time, closed loop assurance solutions.

The MYCOM OSI Experience Assurance and Analytics™ (EAA™) assurance suite offers 5G network slice solutions for managing these key parameters to meet the QoS/SLA conditions.

MYCOM OSI participated in the Catalyst proof of concept ‘5G Service Operations: Closed Loop Assurance of 5G Network Slices’ during TM Forum Live! 2017 in Nice.

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The catalyst demonstrated agile closed loop operations to deliver 5G network slice assurance for multiple industry verticals whilst continuously optimizing infrastructure utilization and meeting SLA commitments. It focused on real-time service assurance of 5G service class – uRLLC (ultra-reliable low latency communications) for connected factories - deployed on a common 5G RAN and Core infrastructure.

In the Catalyst, MYCOM OSI’s Experience Assurance and Analytics™ (EAA™) assurance suite integrated with a 5G RAN and a 5G NFV EPC core to assure and orchestrate an ultra-reliable, low latency connected factory network slice using policy-based automation and closed-loop assurance. The Catalyst also demonstrated how MYCOM OSI integrates with a third-party Domain/Service Orchestrator for modelling using TOSCA and for inventory/lifecycle updates, and also demonstrated the use of TM Forum APIs for ecosystem integration.

MYCOM OSI at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC)

MYCOM OSI at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC)

 

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MYCOM OSI is an industry partner of University of Surrey’s state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Centre. The company provides software and expertise around managing and optimizing network and service performance and quality, which are critical success factors for 5G.

At the 5GIC, MYCOM OSI software is used to monitor end-to-end network performance of the 5GIC testbed – from the devices to base stations to core network servers –, with dashboards displaying performance metrics of the two technology demonstrations that showcase the testbed facility: ultra-high-definition (4k) video streaming over a mobile network, and; a new (5G-Sparse Code Multiple Access) radio waveform that supports 300% more IoT (Internet of Things) devices than 4G.

The MYCOM OSI dashboards include a network-wide view of equipment performance as well as design parameters related to the quality of the consumer experience that are critical to 5G success, including delay, volume of data transferred, and reliability. By analysing the real-time performance of these parameters in the 5GIC Testbed, the MYCOM OSI platform validates the designs of 5G R&D teams as well as providing analysis tools to further optimize those designs.

MYCOM OSI provides expertise around managing and optimizing network and service performance and quality which are critical success factors for 5G. It also considers pragmatic best practices for rolling out 5G within the context of existing network technologies like 3G, 4G, HetNet and virtualized networks such as NFV, SDN, C-RAN.

The 5G Innovation Centre is the world’s largest academic research centre dedicated to next generation mobile and wireless connectivity.