Europe's largest 5G testbed upgrades to OpenRAN : Page 2 of 2

January 13, 2021 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
5G AutoAir network to get major upgrades
Dense Air and the Millbrook proving ground are extending Europe's largest standalone 5G neutral host network with OpenRAN technologies.

With standalone 5G, the full capabilities of the latest 3GPP release can be realised in a secure private operating environment with pervasive coverage across Millbrook Proving Ground. This brings Ultra Reliable Low latency Communications (URLLC), Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), and network slicing capabilities into a real-world test arena for the first time in the UK. Each adds significant value to the technology landscape.

With URLLC, latency as low as 3ms can be experienced and mMTC brings the potential of connecting massively more devices per square km than previously possible. Network slicing in essence gives a dedicated portion of the network to each network service, facilitating separate localisation, edge-computing and cloud access. 

"One of the key goals of the DCMS AutoAir 5G project was to ensure that the network we constructed was sustainable and provided a lasting legacy for Millbrook and the UK's CAV eco-system," said Paul Senior, CEO of Dense Air. "The deployment of a 3GPP 5G standalone infrastructure using the n77 band creates a unique test and development opportunity that can support both automotive and telecommunication eco-systems, within a bookable and accessible research facility."

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