Micro-Operator driven Local 5G Network Architecture for Industrial Internet

Yushan Siriwardhana, Jaspreet Walia, Pawani Porambage, Madhusanka Liyanage, Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Mika Ylianttila

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In addition to the high degree of flexibility and customization required by different vertical sectors, 5G calls for a network architecture that ensures ultra-responsive and ultra-reliable communication links. The novel concept called micro-operator (uO) enables a versatile set of stakeholders to operate local 5G networks within their premises with a guaranteed quality and reliability to complement mobile network operators' (MNOs) offerings. In this paper, we propose a descriptive architecture for emerging 5G uOs which provides user specific and location specific services in a spatially confined environment. The architecture is discussed in terms of network functions and the operational units which entail the core and radio access networks in a smart factory environment which supports industry 4.0 standards. Moreover, in order to realize the conceptual design, we provide simulation results for the latency measurements of the proposed uO architecture with respect to an augmented reality use case in industrial internet. Thereby we discuss the benefits of having uO driven local 5G networks for specialized user requirements, rather than continuing with the conventional approach where only MNOs can deploy cellular networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7646-2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference - Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 15 Apr 201919 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
ISSN (Print)1525-3511
ISSN (Electronic)1558-2612


ConferenceIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
Abbreviated titleWCNC


  • Micro-operators
  • Industrial Internet
  • Industry 4.0
  • 5G
  • Augmented reality
  • Architecture


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