Dr. Marc Emmelmann
The Berlin Platform consists of three sites: the Fraunhofer FOKUS facility located in Berlin, Germany, and hosted by Fraunhofer FOKUS; the IHP facility located at Frankfurt Oder, Germany, and hosted by the Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics; and the HU facility located at the Humboldt University in the city centre of Berlin, Germany. The FOKUS and IHP facilities form the backbone of the 5GENESIS Berlin platform and are permanently interconnected.
Key assets in the current infrastructure are (all available at the FOKUS facility)
- 5G SA RAN from multiple vendors (Huawei and Nokia permanently installed) operating in the 3.7 – 3.8 GHz campus network band. Outdoor coverage is provided in front of the FOKUS premises; indoor coverage is provided at the FOKUS’ parking deck and within the 5G laboratories of FOKUS.
- 100 Gbps network core infrastructure
- 100 Gbps long-haul, DWDM-based backhaul connectivity: two DWDM nodes are located at FOKUS and are interconnected via a long-haul fibre optic allow to conduct experiments involving the local data center and a edge deployment installed far away.
- 60 GHz mmWAVE backhaul link and 2.4 and 6GHz WiFi
- Automated execution of experiments via the Open5Genesis suite
- Software for core network of 5G (SA) developed by Fraunhofer FOKUS
- Equipment to create SIM cards
Services currently offered by the infrastructure:
- Integration and interoperability tests between 5G RAN and 5G core
- End-to-end performance evaluation of 5G deployments
- Automation of experiments with local and remote access for project partners
- Support for multidisciplinary research
- Development and evaluation of system concepts and components for future 6G networks
6G-SANDBOX extensions and new features
The Berlin Site will be enhanced with all the software components developed in 6G-SANDBOX to create the trial networks and network digital twins (i.e., the components that will be hosted in the 6G Library) and will integrate 6G components at the physical infrastructure layer that are related to:
- Integration of real Open RAN radio technology, including RU/DU splits
- Extension of the testbed with additional nomadic nodes for field tests
- Extension by developing a platform for edge-based data acquisition, exchange, and analysis