Virtualization for 4G and Beyond Mobile Networks (NFV)
20150930 - 20170929
Mr Alex Kai-ho Mui
1) Virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software (2) Virtualized LTE Small Cell Gateway software (3) Virtualized Security Gateway software (4)Virtualized WiFi/4G Convergence Gateway software (5) Virtualized LTE Small Cell Management software (6) Virtualized Network Protocol Stacks Software (7) a. System integration and verifications (7) b. NFV Platform Establishment and Enhancement, Integrations
Mr Jiadong OU Dr Che-I Justin Chuang Mr Jui Kuang, Ray HO Ms Mei Fan, Rebecca CHOI Ms Angel CHEUNG Dr Xin Yi LIU Mr Koon Man, Angus SAM Mr Calvin LEE Dr Billy Siu-Ping CHAN Mr Xiao-Dong Wang Mr Jesse Yi Ai Dr Ying Dong Mr James Shijun Fan Mr Ted Yao-Cheng Liang Mr Qing-Hua Liao Mr Allen Jian-Chao Lu Dr Yolanda Yau Yau Tsang Ms Alley Hua Xia Mr Lin Xu Ms Alexandra Po-Chun Yue Mr Ansel Shao Hua Zhang Mr Wai Lok Wong Mr Benjamin Tze Kit Lee Ms Hua Shen Mr Zi Gan Andy Zhou Mr Dong Zhe Su Mr Jing Wei Liu Mr Richard Liang Liu Mr Zhi Cheng Luo Mr Simon Yee Wong Mr Jian Jun Zhang Mr Jian-Sheng Samson Xie
Fujian Sunnada Communication Co. Ltd. [Sponsor] Fujian Sunnada Communication Co. Ltd. (Licensing) [Sponsor] Innofidei Technology (HK) Ltd. [Sponsor] Innofidei Technology (HK) Ltd. (Licensing) [Sponsor] INTEL CORPORATION (Licensing) [Sponsor] Intel Corporation (UK) LTD. (Licensing) [Sponsor] TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd [Sponsor] ZyXEL Communications Corp. (Licensing) [Sponsor]
The demand of ever-increasing mobile traffic pushes operators to consider how to provide new services including scaling the network capacity dynamically with efficiency and low cost. Operators must offer new and innovative services to drive revenue and stay competitive. They also have to deliver these services quickly with cost under control. In telecom industry, each generation of operator’s network has its dedicated hardware and network infrastructure. Services are coupled to these hardware equipment and physical network topology. To launch a new service, it often requires another variety of dedicated hardware and change of the network topology, which is is costly and complicated. The aim of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is to do network functions in software. It is one of the emerging technologies, which leverages IT cloud computing and server virtualization techniques. NFV enables operators to deploy network services dynamically in software without making changes to network infrastructure on the hardware level. The virtual network can be set up and managed similar to the virtual machine. The project aims to research, develop and integrate LTE network subsystems (Evolved Packet Core, Smallcell Gateway, Security Gateway, WiFi/LTE convergence Gateway) in Virtualized Network Function (VNF) format. These VNFs shall be deployable in mainstream open standard NFV platforms (including WindRiver, Open Platform NFV – OPNFV etc) and be manageable by mainstream NFV orchestrators, with carrier grade performance and high availability capabilities. This project has attracted international industry players to collaborate with the goal to deploy the developed technologies in live networks when this project completes.