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5G SDN Core

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is promising to provide the technology that provides flexible Quality of Service and very low latency. By modifying the 4G LTE architecture and integrating OpenFlow (SDN protocol) towards the 5G architecture, this new architecture promises to fulfil the requirements and to achieve better performances while participating to the network functions virtualization.

The SDN Core is a practical implementation of advanced features based on the following specifications and functionalities:

  • ETSI NFV MANO aligned Orchestrator integrated with OpenStack enabling the dynamic deployment and run-time management of virtual network functions
  • ONF OpenFlow 1.4 aligned Switch and Controller extended to support telecom specific features
  • A set of virtual network functions and their afferent adaptors based on SDN components, Open5GCore and OpenIMSCore.

The 5GMTC software toolkit addresses the needs of M2M communication services within highly heterogeneous and dynamic environments. It provides the extension of the 5G networks towards securely connecting many IoT devices.

  • Connectivity control and subscription management
  • Secure ownership bootstrapping
  • Support for secure network islands
  • Support for edge computing M2M applications
  • Massive device emulator
  • eUICC network support
  • addressing the connectivity of a multitude of devices.
4G Core

Users have the option of 4G or 5G connections, and we can recommend the best network based on your project and the outcome you are aiming for with your technology development.

Cloud Computing Technology

The main vehicle for providing customised 5G network infrastructures for specific applications and services is the cloud computing technology extended to include the network infrastructure (cloud networking).

The most promising architecture and implementation comes from Software Defined Networking (SDN) where networks can be dynamically programmed through centralized control points and from Network Function Virtualization (NFV) enabling the cost-efficient deployment and runtime of network functions as software only.

Through this, the specific services can be highly customised, enabling the seamless integration of different heterogeneous networks such as satellite networks.

Open Baton - Network Function Virtualisation

Open Baton Release 3 represents a comprehensive NFV MANO platform for managing your Network Services. It provides:

  • An NFV Orchestrator exposing TOSCA APIs for managing Network Services
  • A Generic VNF Manager (VNFM) and Juju VNFM for getting started immediately deploying your VNFs
  • An auto-scaling and Fault Management System for increased Runtime management
  • A Network Slice Engine for enforcing your Network Service requirements on the datacenter
  • Support for executing LXC or Docker containers
  • A set of SDKs in Python and Java for building novel VNFMs
  • A Dashboard and CLI for easily managing Network Services
  • Integrates natively with OpenStack and OPNFV as standard de-facto VIM implementations.
IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) – Session Management and Control

IMS is based on the Open IMS Core to deploy an Open Source implementation of IMS Call Session Control Functions (CSCFs) and a lightweight Home Subscriber Server (HSS), which together form the core elements session management and application services architecture. The four components are all based upon Open Source software (e.g. the SIP Express Router (SER) or MySQL).

  • Proxy – Call Session Control Functions
  • Interrogating – Call Session Control Functions
  • Serving – Call Session Control Functions
  • Home subscriber Server
Mobile Edge Computing - MEC

Based on the Saguna Open-RAN to deliver a ETSI MEC standard-based solution which quickly and effectively offers MEC solution in support of services for Internet-of-things (IoT), Tactile Internet, virtual probes, content delivery and enterprise applications.

Saguna Open-RAN MEC platform is a fully virtualized software solution. The MEC standard-based platform creates an open ecosystem for third-party MEC applications.

Figure 3 - MEC implementation

Novel Satellite Ground Segment - nSGS

One of the main key differentiators will be the virtualisation/abstraction capabilities of the satellite networks (ie. Virtualized Satellite Networks (VSN) and VSN-as-a-Service concepts), to federate different domains to provide hybrid end-to-end network services.

The FNDC will provide a major step forward in delivering a facility that will combine the communications capability of both terrestrial and satellite telecommunications systems. The capability will be key to the development of new products and services.

Lab Space

We have 6 labs which are available to hire in order to complete your project, meaning you can base your efforts all in one place. The labs are all equipped to support innovation, including whiteboards for ideas, plenty of worktop space, and storage.


Our drone are also available to hire as part of a development project; you can test your new technology or communication solution in the open space around the Centre.

Our Location

Located in the heart of Buckinghamshire, the Centre is located in the Westcott Venture Park to provide hardware, software, platform and applications developers’ access to the latest generation of networking equipment without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.

Our location allows for the unique ability to develop and test your technology in the same place, with drone flying allowed outside the Centre.

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Westcott Future Networks Development Centre

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You can hire the facilities from a half-day up to a year. There are discounted rates for start-ups and early-stage businesses.

To find out more, please contact or call us on +44 (0)1235 428199.

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