The Limassol 5G platform will integrate several infrastructures in the city of Limassol, Cyprus, in order to form an interoperable multi-radio facility, combining terrestrial and satellite communications with the ultimate aim of efficiently extending 5G coverage to underserved areas. To that end, the Limassol 5G platform will employ NFV-/SDN-enabled satellite communications as well as tight integration of different access and backhaul technologies, in order to achieve the following innovative features: i) ubiquitous coverage with reduced latency, ii) support for multi-radio slicing, iii) 5G throughput enhancement via air interface aggregation, where necessary and iv) dynamic spectrum allocation between satellite and terrestrial.
The key infrastructures on which the platform will be built is the Avanti Satellite Gateway in Cyprus, providing connectivity to the Hylas2 satellite, and of Primetel testbed in the company’s central building, near the Limassol port. The implementation of the platform is coordinated by Space Hellas (Cyprus) Ltd, which is integrating the various assets and is also offering the management and coordination components. In 5GENESIS, the platform focuses on two use cases: maritime communications and capacity-on-demand in rural/underserved areas.
The 5GENESIS Limassol platform includes the following features:
Satellite backhauling, NFV/SDN-enabled satcom, 5G core, 5GNR, Network Slicing, SDN in transport and core, edge computing for low latency services at the satellite edge, ML-based security analytics, dynamic spectrum management
Vertical users can deploy their own services in the platform or can connect their remote services to the platform. The platform offers the common 5GENESIS Experimenter Interface to describe services and experiments to be executed in the platform. The platform may also expose some internal interfaces to connect vertical services and devices.
Extensions: The platform is fully modular and may be extended with further functionalities depending on the vertical requirements and needs (e.g. VNFs, edge services etc.).
Projects using the platform: 5Genesis, SaT5G, commercial industry projects.
Vendors/Manufacturers/Providers providing support for the platform: Avanti, PrimeTel, iDirect, Eurecom, Athonet
Disclaimer: This document describes a platform to be built in the context of 5GENESIS H2020 project. The technical aspects refer to the platform as expected by the end of 2019 according to the work plan. The objective of the document is to facilitate the preparation of project proposals for the call ICT 19. This is not a contractual document, and features could be changed by 5GENESIS consortium due to incidences or to the feedback from the EC. Any interested entity may approach the platform operators and may request using the platform on a non-profit basis as part of a research and development activity. Usage of the platform is subject of a negotiated legal agreement and compensation scheme covering the associated effort and operational cost of the platform provider and contributors.