IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
11-14 May 2020 // Stevenson, Washington, USA


Day 1 – Cloudification in 5G
Chair: Jason Boswell – Head of Security for MANA Network Product Solutions, Ericsson

Abstract: In our opening segment for CQR 2020, we will dive into the topic of cloud technology and architectures and what it means for current and future networks.  Are “open” systems, multi-vendor interoperability and common API’s the future or will we only see this in niche deployments?  Can we still achieve the reliability and performance we expect?  As we transition from 4G to 5G, Service Based Architecture will allow for flexible and dynamic configurations – what does this mean for our approach in planning and design?  Does a virtualized infrastructure require SDN?  Where could we see the largest benefits and/or greatest risk as the network becomes virtualized?  What role will automation, orchestration and zero-touch implementation have in next-gen deployments?

We will answer these questions, and, of course, many more as we explore the segment throughout the day.  Session topics will cover:

  1. Open, semi-open and closed systems
  2. 5G architecture in the cloud
  3. Cloud reliability & deployment considerations

Day 2 – 5G Reality
Chair: Bob Lesnewich – Director – Emerging Technologies, Perspecta Labs

Abstract: This past year has seen 5G commercially deployed in many different ways – or has it really? There is certainly a debate as to what is and is not ‘true’ 5G.

In this Segment, we will be looking at what was learned in transitioning from 4G to 5G in both trials and as a service and in deploying different types of 5G technologies and services.  Some of the topics to be explored are:

  • how do you maintain high quality and resiliency when having both 4G and 5G deployed [i.e. handovers – be it NSA Option 3X, or with both an EPC and 5GSA cores in the same area]?
  • what issues have operators and vendors come across?
  • which fears did not come to fruition?
  • what are the differences of outdoor deployments and those of an enterprise or factory?
  • what is the public perception and how does that impact the deployment in short and long term?
  • is there money to be made – and when?

Day 3 – Architectures and Security for 5G
Chair: François Cosquer – Security CTO, Nokia

Abstract: This segment will review and assess the implication of new 5G architectures on security.  We will discuss major security impacting changes such as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) in access, service based architecture (SBA) adoption as well as expected powerful network slicing functions.

There is a need to understand and accept the risks associated with adoption of new technology and the impact of deployment options.  The sessions will address the following topics:

  • Security concerns: Major changes from previous generations? How open can 5G be from access to core? How will  3rd party be able to plug functions and enable new services? Future proof encryption? Who and how keep the risk at an acceptable level?
  • Same concepts, new names: How much Enterprise services and expectations will change ? With private 5G being cloud-based, what is the need and role of Internet ? How will Service Providers evolve? How about the role of 5G end point security?
  • Slicing and dicing: Which flavour of Network Slicing, a major feature of 5G, will be effectively implemented ? How much automation is required ? Futuristic Pipe dream or a major shift in the industry?