This month, at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, check out 5G NORMA project, at the European Commission's pavilion (Hall 4 at the Congress Square). This EU-funded project develops a novel, adaptive and future-proof architecture enabling extreme mobile broadband services, critical machine type communications and support of a massive number of terminals.

5G NORMA develops an architecture supporting novel communication services to enable new 5G businesses (like remote/autonomous driving, remote surgery and industrial control), and to provide extreme capacity for hungry applications like video streaming. This can be done by means of the enabling technologies developed in in the project such as (i) adaptive (de)composition and allocation of mobile network functions between network and edge cloud that depends on the service and deployment; (ii) Software defined Mobile network Control (SDMC) that applies SDN principles to mobile network, and (iii) joint optimization of mobile access/core network functions when located together in the network or edge cloud. . 5G NORMA will therefore use available infrastructure more efficiently to meet the growing traffic volume and growing demand for novel communication services. With 5G NORMA, Europe's technology leadership in 5G and benefits to society are showcased.

The 5G NORMA demo at the MWC2016 is composed of 2 parts: a software-based showcase and a prototype. As meeting latency communication requirements of few MS is critical for applications like remote and autonomous driving the prototype shows the impact of the latency on the control of a model car and how the car can be remotely controlled with a smartphone in real-time thanks to 5G NORMA. The software-based demo part shows how the network can adapt to maximize overall system capacity for extreme mobile broadband services, like HD and UHD videos. Low latency applications, like remote and autonomous driving, require a different configuration of the network. In the software-based demo, the project shows how the service- and content-awareness of the 5G NORMA architecture adapts to support and optimize both extreme mobile broadband and low latency applications.

Thanks to 5G NORMA, applications like remote/autonomous driving will increase safety, while letting travellers enjoy other activities; remote surgery can help patients get the best specialist to operate them; HD and UHD videos will be downloaded in a few seconds.

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