ASTRI is showcasing its latest LTE and 5G communications R&D at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona

  • [27 February 2018, Hong Kong] ASTRI is showcasing a series of latest LTE and 5G communications technologies at the Mobile World Congress 2018 from 26 February to 1 March 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Collaborating with Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd., Rohde & Schwarz, Keysight Technologies and Intel Corporation, ASTRI is performing joint technology demonstrations at the respective booths of its partners.

    Technologies being showcased by ASTRI at the Mobile World Congress 2018 include:

    Technology Booth No.
    Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) virtualisation with live migration for 4G and 5G networks Joint demo with Sunnada at Hall 5 Stand 5G70
    5G Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) and Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) base-station

    The ultra-low latency round trip signalling is validated with testing equipment from Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz

    Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Throughput Optimisation and Orchestration Prototype
    Control and User Plane Separation in EPC Nodes (CUPS) towards 5G core network
    Mobile Core/Edge Network on Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) Joint demo with Intel at Hall 3 Stand 3E31
    V2X Networking System for enabling Edge Applications and Autonomous Driving

     

    In addition, ASTRI is showcasing its mini EPC (Evolved Packet Core) and Portable LTE Base Station innovation at the Hong Kong Technology Pavilion (Booth No. Hall 1 Stand 1E20), introducing its Next Generation Network R&D and the application of these technologies across different industries.

    ASTRI thrives on partnership with the industry. Its mission is to help businesses to become more competitive through applied research. ASTRI delivers that by partnering with the industry ecosystem. It has had a strong and fruitful relationship with GSMA – the organiser of MWC – registering successive participation in the global event over the years.

    Organised by the GSMA, Mobile World Congress is an annual event that provides unique business opportunities and a platform for relationship building for the mobile industry. It includes over 2,300 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations; a world-class conference featuring inspiring keynotes and discussions; networking opportunities; and the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony which recognises leading mobile solutions and initiatives from around the world. For details of the event, please visit https://www.mobileworldcongress.com.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. Please visit www.astri.org, for further information about ASTRI.

    Media enquiries

    Mr Raymond Woo                                Tel: (852) 3406 2536                   Email: [email protected]

    ASTRI and Sunnada Network jointly demonstrate a series of latest LTE and 5G technologies at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona

  • [Hong Kong, 27 February 2018] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), together with Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd. (Sunnada Network) (Hall 5, Stand 5G70), are demonstrating a series of latest next generation network technologies including Long Term Evolution (LTE), Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), and 5G network infrastructure and solutions at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

    The key technologies demonstrated include:

    Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) virtualisation with live migration

    It allows running virtual base stations to be moved between different physical machines with minimal service interruption to users. This technology enables network operators to reduce capital expenditures and have increased flexibility in their networks through dynamic allocation and migration of computational resources.

    5G Ultra Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) C-RAN Base-Station

    This solution is based on the latest 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard which was completed in December 2017. The demonstration shows the end-to-end system consisting of reference design of 5G C-RAN base-station and 5G user terminal (UE) running URLLC traffics. The ultra-low latency round trip signalling along with video stream traffic can be observed based on 3GPP 5G standard compliant signal, which is monitored with testing equipment from Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz. This solution is useful for public network deployment, such as autonomous driving, augmented reality. It can also be customised for task-specific requirements in other markets applications such as wireless industrial robots and automated guided vehicles.

    Control and User Plane Separation in EPC Nodes (CUPS) towards 5G core network technology

    This technology enables flexible network deployment and operation. The user plane of ASTRI’s CUPS supports up to 20Gbps throughput with cost effective INTEL® XEON® D based hardware platform.

    Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Throughput Optimisation and Orchestration Prototype

    ASTRI’s SD-WAN optimisation technology can significantly increase the effective Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) throughput by over 200 times (under over 600ms round-trip-time (RTT) and 1% packet loss in network condition)

    Sunnada Network’s CEO Mr Haven Huang said, “Along with our newly established Hong Kong-based subsidiary Anktion Limited, Sunnada Network collaborates increasingly closely with ASTRI for 4G and 5G R&D. The results of our joint efforts should strengthen our market position in the Hong Kong and overseas markets.”

    Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s Vice President for Next Generation Network, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Sunnada Network and its subsidiary Anktion Limited to develop C-RAN and mobile core/edge technologies towards 5G. Once launched and made available in the market, these technologies will bring significant benefits to the entire industry. We expect our long-term cooperation to bring even more ground-breaking technologies to add strong, practical value in the 5G era.”

    ASTRI started its collaboration with Sunnada Network on the development of TD-LTE small cell and small cell gateway solutions back in 2011. The commercial TD-LTE small cells with LTE and WLAN functionality have been developed in over 10 countries and regions. ASTRI will continue to work closely with Sunnada Network, jointly developing next generation wireless communications technologies and providing private and public network solutions that support industry users.

    Sunnada and ASTRI are performing the joint demonstrations at Sunnada booth (Hall 5, Stand 5G70) at the MWC which is being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, from 26 February to 1 March 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

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    For enquiries, please contact Raymond Woo (Tel: 3406 2536, email: [email protected])

    ASTRI and Intel demonstrate Virtualised Mobile Core and V2X Networking System in Mobile World Congress 2018

  • ASTRI is showcasing the latest technologies in Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Networking System in the Intel booth (Hall 3, Stand 3E31) at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

    1. Mobile Core/Edge on Next Generation Central Office (NGCO)

    The demonstration in Intel’s booth showcases how ASTRI’s technologies in mobile core/edge network functions can be effectively deployed in the Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) architecture.

    The NGCO is a three-tier virtualised architecture namely central office at edge, regional and central locations to host mobile and fixed network functions with simultaneous applications. The scalable architecture enables low-latency and delay-sensitive data to be forwarded and processed at the edge tier, while computational and data intensive operations are processed at the regional and central tiers.

    ASTRI’s next generation mobile core (vEPC) and mobile edge (vMEC) software can be flexibly deployed in NGCO to support 4G and pre-5G core network capabilities, and can also be evolved to 5G. With Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors and network acceleration hardware, ASTRI’s user plane function can deliver over 200Gbps throughput while leaving CPU headroom for applications processing on a single Intel architecture-based x86 server.

    ASTRI’s configurable NFV orchestrator supports the network evolution towards an application-driven system architecture, which is an essential factor in the leap to 5G. ASTRI demonstrated how our V2X networking system as the connected-vehicle network slice works closely with edge and central office. It delivers significantly lower latency for time-critical events and also enables flexible scalability of V2X commercial deployments.

    2. V2X Networking System for enabling Edge Applications & Autonomous Driving

    In the V2X Networking System demonstration at Intel’s booth, ASTRI also demonstrates how its V2X Networking System can enable V2X edge applications and autonomous driving.

    The end-to-end V2X system features include:

    (1) V2X in-car processing unit: consists of gateway software and E-V2X communications module to facilitate information exchange between vehicles and infrastructure, decision making alerts, and autonomous driving integration;

    (2) V2X algorithm at network edge for real-time road alerts and traffic management; and

    (3) Centralised V2X cloud for large scale vehicle management and traffic data analytics.

    ASTRI’s V2X in-car processing unit and algorithms at network edge ensures enhanced road safety through intelligent alerts for various unique situations such as: ‘V2V Do Not Pass’, ‘V2P Vulnerable Road User’, and ‘V2I Intersection Collision’ warnings. The system detects threats and can alert vehicle drivers and other individual road users in real time to avoid accidents. Through the coordination and policy provisioning of multiple V2X Road Side Units (RSU), road users can be altered of unexpected traffic conditions (e.g. traffic accident, congestion etc.) in affected areas with promptness. ASTRI’s V2X networking system is a key technology enabler for assisted driving and 5G autonomous driving.

    The system prototype demonstrates the cost-effective deployment of edge processing servers by HPE Edgeline EL4000 Converged Edge Systems and Intel® Xeon® D Processors, and how they can scale out a V2X system, delivering high throughput and low-latency packet forwarding and processing capabilities.

    The innovative design of V2X Networking System benefits equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Tier-1 suppliers and autonomous vehicle (AV) vendors in enabling V2X edge applications and see-through-enabled autonomous driving. It also benefits operators, service providers and equipment vendors by enabling commercial roll-out of scalable V2X, and provision of 5G services for their customers. It also enables city administrators and transport operators to implement real-time and intelligent traffic management, to ensure safer and more efficient traffic management.

    ASTRI is demonstrating the NGCO and V2X technologies at Intel booth (Hall 3, Stand 3E31) at the MWC which is being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, from 26 February to 1 March 2018. ASTRI has been an Intel® Network Builders ecosystem partner since 2016. ASTRI and Intel published through this ecosystem, a solution brief and whitepaper on NFV for small cell networks, and whitepaper for C-RAN.

    Rohde & Schwarz and ASTRI jointly demonstrated latest 3GPP Release 15 NR signal analyser solutions at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona

  • [26 February 2018, Hong Kong] Rohde & Schwarz and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) showcased a 3GPP release 15 standard compliance New Radio (NR) Centralised Radio Access Network (C-RAN) solution with the latest R&S FSW26 signal and spectrum analyser from Rohde & Schwarz at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

    The demonstration revealed ASTRI’s latest NR C-RAN Base Station (BS) and User Equipment (UE) emulator consisting of Intel x86-based C-RAN Baseband Unit (BBU) and Sunnada Network Radio Remote Unit (RRU). 3GPP release 15 NR standard compliant signals from BS to UE are analysed by the R&S FSW26.

    The R&S FSW26 together with its analyser software R&S FSW-K144 can successfully demodulate the 3GPP release 15 NR compliant signals, i.e. Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH), Demodulation Reference Signal (DMRS), Primary Synchronisation Signal (PSS) and Secondary Synchronisation Signal (SSS).

    ASTRI’s C-RAN solution supports Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), running on virtual machines on real time operating system. The demonstration shows different numerologies of 5G traffics including enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and ultra-reliable and low-latency (URLLC) traffics and analysed by the R&S FSW26.

    The demonstration took place at the booth of Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd. (Hall 5 Stand 5G70) in MWC 2018 being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain from 26 February to 1 March 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. Please visit www.astri.org, for further information about ASTRI.

    About Rohde & Schwarz

    The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative test and measurement, information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On 30 June 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA. R&S ® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.

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    Rohde & Schwarz: Ms Virginia Chan               Tel: (852) 2264 3788           Email: [email protected]

     

    Keysight and ASTRI demonstrates test and measurement solutions for validating 3GPP Release 15 NR compliant 5G base-station reference designs at MWC18

  • 5G NR-ready modulation analysis software decodes base-station reference design

    [Hong Kong, 26 February 2018] Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) has announced today that together with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI, it demonstrated a 3GPP Release 15 5G NR base station reference design using Keysight’s performance signal analyser (PXA) and its 5G NR ready 89601B VSA software for modulation analysis at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The demonstration took place at the booth of Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co., Ltd and showcased a 3GPP release 15 5G New Radio (NR) full standard compliance base-station transmitter measurement and decoding of a base-station reference design developed by ASTRI.

    Keysight recently launched the industry’s first commercially available 5G NR software solutions covering the full product design cycle with simulation, signal creation and analysis, with uplink and downlink directions, enabling both transmitter and receiver simulation and test. The VSA with its in-depth analysis and troubleshooting tools, enables developers to see through the complexity in their 5G NR designs. The 5G NR modulation analysis capability enables users to demodulate the initial access channel and signals (SS/PBCH block) and 5G Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) using the 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), which is the highest modulation order used by 5G NR. The demodulated results showed a constellation diagram and error summary with exceptional EVM performance as well as frequency and timing errors.

    The software uses colour coding based on physical channel type and marker coupling across different measurements to highlight aspects of the complex NR signal structure, revealing specific signal and channel effects and impairments, enabling engineers to gain insights faster. Used in conjunction with Keysight high performance X-Series and modular signal analysers with wide bandwidth and wide frequency coverage, designers are able to make 5G NR measurements in both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies with excellent performance.

    ASTRI has partnered with Keysight on 5G research and development for the past three years.  “Keysight’s strong local and worldwide support combined with its industry-leading capabilities in terms of demodulation and vector signal analysis of today’s most complex signals have made it a reliable partner, helping us solve 5G NR design and test challenges”, said Dr Justin Chuang, VP, Next Generation Network of ASTRI.

    Powered by the Keysight analyser, ASTRI’s 5G base-station reference design conforms to the 3GPP standard; it is based on x86 general purpose programmable platform and supports Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). The design supports different numerologies of 5G traffic such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and ultra-reliable and low-latency (URLLC) and can be accurately analysed by the Keysight equipment.

    Keysight and ASTRI are performing the joint demonstrations at Sunnada booth (Hall 5, Stand 5G70) at the MWC which is being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, from 26 February to 1 March 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

    About Keysight in 5G

    The development of 5G depends on up-to-date tools that let designers easily explore new signals, scenarios and topologies. Keysight’s 5G solutions are ready to enable deeper insights as development evolves with the standard. In design and test, Keysight is helping industry leaders innovate across new and existing technologies as they transform ideas into reality. Additional information about Keysight’s 5G design, test and measurement solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G.

    About Keysight Technologies

    Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world.  Keysight’s solutions optimise networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of USD3.2B in fiscal year 2017. In April 2017, Keysight acquired Ixia, a leader in network test, visibility, and security. More information is available at www.keysight.com.

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    Next Generation Network Infographic Leaflet (2017)

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    Service Aware Virtualised Mobile Core Network

  • The proposed project aims to research and development Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Service Function Chaining (SFC) technologies over a virtualised LTE mobile core network to enable service aware mobile core network.

    MEC can offload and process data traffic at the network edge cloud, without any impact on the mobile core network architecture. MEC provides a cloud computing capability near the network edge with improved user experience as well as enhanced capabilities such as virtual reality, cache and video analytics. Service Function Chaining (SFC) enables application based traffic routing (instead of traditional address-based routing). With MEC and SFC working together, more variety of applications with greater flexibility and security can be offered.

    The technologies developed in this project also enables applications (such as virtual tour, IoT) to be hosted in the mobile edge, which provides optimisation of traffic latency and ability to adjust the application behaviour at different radio conditions.

    Core Network Evolution Research for NB-IoT

  • This project involves a study of the Core Network Evolution to support Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and build a prototype for NB-IoT core network based on network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology.  The objective is to optimise certain features such as:

    • Control Plane (CP-CIoT) Optimisation: Transferring user data via control plane (i.e. signalling messages)
    • User Plane (UP-CIoT) Optimisation: Signalling procedure optimisation to enable efficient transport of small user data in data plane (GTP-U)
    • Paging optimisation: For coverage enhancement & battery saving
    • Non-IP data support
    • QoS rate enforcement

    Open 5G Innovation Platform

  • This project is one of ASTRI’s many Next Generation Network (NGN) initiatives. It aims to develop an Open 5G Innovation Platform (5GIP) that will accomplish the following:

    (1) Demonstrate the business potential and technological viability of ASTRI’s 5G technologies to the industry for commercialisation;
    (2) Enable end-to-end solutions by working with eco-system partners for integration and inter-operability testing of 5G applications in a real network environment; and
    (3) Incubate and inspire design innovations in Hong Kong – for instance, to support different ongoing initiatives in the SAR such as the ‘Smart City Innovation Centre’ in Hong Kong Science Park.

    5GIP will focus on the software-configurability of the network through the integration of technologies and products, from ASTRI and 3rd parties. It will develop network orchestration and network slicing features. 5GIP will be an integral part of ASTRI’s NGN initiative – supporting sustained innovation and successful commercialisation.

    ASTRI has been a pioneer in developing LTE/4G technologies – earning it the recognition as one of the leaders in this sector. ASTRI strives to research, develop and commercialise leading-edge 5G technologies to provide innovative and value-added applications and services. This project will deliver an advanced 5G network environment to support collaboration between ASTRI and the local community for developing innovative and competitive products. In addition, this platform will help to advance the technical capability and competitiveness of the communications industry in Hong Kong, the Mainland and beyond.

    Next Generation Mission Critical Communications

  • Mission critical systems are defined as those whose breakdown may result in the failure of vitally important elements of a process, affecting the core purpose of that system. Next generation mission critical communications systems are therefore designed to ensure that communications infrastructure are extremely reliable especially for ultra-low latency broadband traffic delivery. Such communication systems are expected to be relevant for many future applications such as industrial control, transportation, healthcare, disaster rescue, and general trade and commerce. Among many emerging applications, there is a strong demand for public safety in private networks.

    To support the evolution of ASTRI’s technology endeavours, while leveraging its expertise in LTE small cells and terminals, the institute plans to develop next generation mission critical communications mobile cells and terminal reference design. These will integrate new system blocks with latest Baseband design and Protocol stack algorithms to support a set of new features. These features include:

    a) Mobile cell self-configuration, which enable the discovery of neighbouring mobile cells and runtime synchronisation to whatever sync sources with high reliability;
    b) LTE based B-TrunC BS (broadband trunking communication base station), where one-to-many low latency broadband communication is enabled in eNB (Evolved NodeB, i.e., base station), following CCSA B-TrunC specification.
    c) D2D (Device-to-Device) sidelink physical layer, where the LTE 3GPP Rel.13 D2D sidelink physical layer is designed and implemented to support device to device direct communications, which can avoid the latency through core network, saving bandwidth when two devices are nearby and allowing communications when there is no infrastructure support. This is of particular importance in times of disaster.
    d) Self-contained base station for public safety, where EPC (Evolved Packet Core, i.e., core network) and eNB are integrated on CRAN platform with OpenStack virtual machine control to support a One-Box standalone mobile access solution. Layered optimisation will be performed to achieve ultra-low end-to-end latency.

    The project deliverables include L1 (Layer 1) link level simulation platform for LTE D2D sidelink, a commercial grade mobile cell reference design on commercially available SoC devices, and a complete test infrastructure to validate 3GPP and private network requirements.