Tutorial 4: A Softwarized Perspective of 5G Networks - NetSoft 2020 Conference

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The main goal of this tutorial is to explore the softwarization in the 5G system composed of the radio access network (RAN) and the core components, following the standards defined by 3GPP, particularly the Release 15.

The tutorial will provide a brief overview of wireless mobile cellular networks, including basic concepts and the evolution through the called ‘generations’ of mobile networks.

From a software perspective, the RAN will be presented in the context of 4G and 5G networks, which includes the virtualized and disaggregated RAN. A significant part of the tutorial will be dedicated to the 5G core, i.e., considering the Service-Based Architecture (SBA), due to its relevance and fully softwarized approach. The tutorial will be motivated by a set of experiments.

For each experiment, we will make available a detailed manual and all the necessary software to replicate it. This material will be available before the tutorial, allowing the attendees to try it and bring their doubts to the event. Some experiments can be reproduced using only a regular computer, e.g., a notebook, but some of them demand specialized hardware, e.g., a software-defined radio (SDR). 

The main goal of this tutorial is to explore the softwarization in the 5G system composed of the radio access network (RAN) and the core components, following the standards defined by 3GPP, particularly the Release 15. The tutorial will provide a brief overview of wireless mobile cellular networks, including basic concepts and the evolution through the called ‘generations’ of mobile networks.

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