5G on the Cheap: Configurable Low-Cost Cellular Industrial Communication

Andreas Ingo Grohmann, Mauri Seidel, Christopher Lehmann, Thomas Höschele, Martin Reisslein, Frank H.P. Fitzek

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4 Scopus citations

Abstract

5G legacy communication systems from commercial vendors are 'all-rounders' in terms of performance in that they can support large numbers of nodes with high Quality of Service (QoS), but they are costly. On the contrary, WiFi networks are cheap, but can only support small numbers of nodes with low QoS. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) typically have only a small set of homogeneous communications use cases, but operate under tight cost constraints. We propose 5G on the Cheap (5G Cheap) as a highly customizable open-source 5G communication system. We describe a range of configuration options for the open-source Core Network (CN) and the Radio Access Network (RAN) for 5G Cheap. A low-end 5G Cheap configuration can serve the specific needs typical SMEs and costs only roughly one tenth of the cost of a commercial 5G legacy system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering, ICECCME 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665470957
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 International Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering, ICECCME 2022 - Male, Maldives
Duration: Nov 16 2022Nov 18 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering, ICECCME 2022

Conference

Conference2022 International Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering, ICECCME 2022
Country/TerritoryMaldives
CityMale
Period11/16/2211/18/22

Keywords

  • 5G Campus
  • Industry 4.0
  • Low-cost
  • OpenRAN
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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