[Hong Kong, 29 June 2016] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) showcases its enabling technologies for “5G Experience for Smarter City”, including the (1) Virtual Reality Solution over the newly developed Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) platform, (2) FastCloud Orchestrator and (3) End-to-end Centralized and Coordinated Radio Access Network (C-RAN) solution at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2016 in Shanghai, China.
1. Mobile Edge Computing + Virtual Tour Solution
ASTRI will demonstrate its first proof of concept (PoC) prototype for Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) for LTE networks. MEC technology provides a computing platform to host services to mobile users near mobile base stations, without going via the mobile backhaul and core network (EPC). MEC allows optimization of the latency, bandwidth, and radio network resources to enable unique applications, such as IoV, virtual reality.
In this demonstration, with core competence in TD-LTE, network function virtualization (NFV), mobile core network (EPC), and virtual reality (VR), ASTRI builds MEC prototype with virtual tour service running on top. Benefit from the low latency, high bandwidth and reliable connection provided by MEC and LTE, an immersive virtual reality experience can be demonstrated because the virtual tour service can track the 3-dimension head movement in real time.
2. FastCloud Orchestrator
ASTRI will also demonstrate new generation of FastCloud orchestrator based on Intel Open Network Platform (ONP) which can deploy and reconfigure end-to-end virtualized LTE networks in a visualized manner. ASTRI’s FastCloud orchestrator provides a template based design tool that allows planning and design the LTE network before launch. With just a few clicks, an end-to-end LTE network can be deployed in just a few minutes. ASTRI’s FastCloud Orchestrator greatly facilitates the network deployment compared with the traditional non-virtualized network deployment.
3. C-RAN reference design
ASTRI’s C-RAN reference design is our next generation small cells supporting centralized and coordinated RAN processing. Equipped with virtualization framework (e.g. open-stack), the reference design is highly flexible to be integrated with any mobile edge applications, such as indoor positioning, low latency virtual reality, content caching and so on. ASTRI’s Baseband Unit (BBU) pool design has (1) high capability, supporting >96 cells with full capacity loading; (2) high performance, supporting distributed MIMO with baseband join scheduling/processing; (3) high flexibility, supporting inter and intra cell coordination, cell aggregation and flexible MAC/PHY partitions. In this demonstration, ASTRI has realized a cost effective and delay insensitive partition where the L3 and Packet Data Convergence Protocol (PDCP) are centralized. This design is low cost and very suitable for large scale deployment such as railway and Vehicular to Infrastructure (V2I) applications.
The demonstration is at ASTRI booth (N1. F60) at MWC Shanghai, 2016, being held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai, China from 29 June to 1 July 2016.
ASTRI showcases its enabling technologies for “5G Experience for Smarter City” at Mobile World Congress Shanghai .