The Data Networks area of ​​atlanTTic manages the participation of the University of Vigo as a new member of OpenAirInterface, “5G software alliance for democratising wireless innovation”.

It is an alliance that promotes the creation of new open solutions for the network core (EPC), access network and user equipment for future 5G communication networks.

Felipe Gil Castiñeira is the contact person of the University of Vigo in the organization.

Recently the GTI group of the atlanTTic Data Networks area has registered in the association as part of the strategy aligned with the new technologies NFV (Network Function Virtualization) and SDN (Software Defined Networks) applied specifically to the new technological framework Which opens the 5G.

5G networks pose new challenges due to the immense amount of possibilities they offer. The need to open up the architecture and allow new organizations to operate new services in the future will not only be a legal but a practical one. Users will be able to enjoy services that are impossible today, and the incorporation of more democratic technologies will contribute to breaking down the technological and market barriers that exist today when becoming a network service operator.

The introduction of IoT in industry and society, in addition to the new services that will be created by the 5G (communication between vehicles, communication with drones, telepresence, systems of augmented reality …) will encourage the existence of new operators. Operators who will need flexibility when offering quality service and ability to make technological decisions. The current technological infrastructure would restrict this field due to the barriers of entry, both technological and legal, that exist today. For example, the existence of virtual operators in the field of mobile phones has clear restrictions. The MVNOs offer their customers some services agreed a priori with the network operator. But the scope of these services is regularly reviewed and requires constant supervision by both parties. The new paradigm would allow to host / virtualize the services on a hardware and, according to the new needs, add or simply modify parameters of the service itself unilaterally (latency, bandwidth, routing …).