Open5GLab at EURECOM is one of 3 experimental 5G sites in France in the context of the 5G-EVE ICT-17 project. Construction began in July 2018 and 5G experimentation is now available. The site is interconnected with similar sites in Europe in the 5G-EVE network. It is also one of the test sites for the OPNFV VCO 3.0 (Virtual Central Office) project and as such is interconnected with sites in North Carolina, USA and Montreal, Canada.
Open5gLab provides experimental 5G services including so-called Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and massive machine-type communications and is based on fully open-source tools and open-architecture design. It is the main experimental playground for OpenAirInterface (OAI) and Mosaic-5g (M5G) software packages. The site’s cluster computing resource makes use of RedHat’s OpenShift 4.2 Kubernetes container platform and benefits from technical support from RedHat. The cluster is used for radio-access, core network and mobile-edge functions. Some bare-metal nodes with in-lab 5G-capable radio devices can be used by experimenters and developers and are interconnected with the Kubernetes cluster. External access for onboarding software, collecting measurement data and developing basic software for the site is available for partners using secure-shell access. Interfaces for an external orchestrator (e.g. ONAP) is currently being integrated in the Open5GLab. The nodes of the site are also used by OpenAirInterface Jenkins-based continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) framework.