Accessing the 5G Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) Testbed

ENCQOR is building a 5G wireless testbed to enable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to get early access to a state-of-the-art 5G development platform for prototyping new products and services. Quebec innovation hubs are now open and Ontario innovation hubs will be open soon. Stay tuned for further details on Innovation Hub site locations and opening schedule.

With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, increased network capacity and ultra-low latencies of milliseconds, 5G will be critical to delivering a whole new generation of products and services to the marketplace, including connected and autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, virtual/augmented reality, smart cities, and new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

ENCQOR 5G Digital Innovation Hubs are vital to SMEs because they enable them to:

  • Accelerate their time to market by providing access to the Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed, an operational, pre-commercial 5G wireless testbed
  • Develop, prototype, test and demonstrate new products and services on a standards-based 5G iPaaS testbed
  • Connect with anchor partners, customers and customized ecosystem and business services

This includes support for enhanced mobile broadband, low latency for mission-critical machine-type communication and massive machine-type communications for the Internet of Things (IoT). SMEs accessing the ENCQOR 5G iPaaS testbed to build their products and services will be among the first to scale and commercialize 5G-enabled solutions, giving them a considerable first-to-market advantage in the global economy.

The ENCQOR 5G Digital Innovation Hubs also offer many complementary business support services to help SMEs leverage the full potential of the next generation of digital infrastructure.

The future is connected, and 5G is the platform on which it will be enabled. See if your business is right for the ENCQOR 5G iPaaS testbed today!

5G Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) Overview -
Services Enabling Solutions*

iPaaS Services

5G Connectivity

5 Gbps Mobile Throughput

Sub 5ms latency

Cloud Services
with Developer Toolkits

IoT Accelerator

Emulation Cloud

Edge Computing

iPaaS Infrastructure

5G Mobile User Equipment

Programmable Data Plane

5G Radio Access Technology

(NR/LTE/CAT-M1/NB-IoT)

5G Transport/Backhaul

Distributed Core Network

*Features will be added throughout the project

iPaaS 5G Connectivity and Cloud Services

5 Gbps Mobile Throughput: This service provides significantly faster speeds for downloading and uploading data to and from a mobile terminal. It is faster than 4G.

Sub 5ms latency: This is the response time for a network to send and receive information. It will enable command and control applications that require a quick response time.

IoT Accelerator: This is a cloud-based platform to develop, market and manage secure IoT solutions. It provides connectivity management, device and data management, orchestration, integration and automation, analytics processing and data storage. Ericsson’s dynamic framework enables the rapid progression from proof of concept to commercial solution. It also provides an applications marketplace, administration capabilities and a means for partner and developer on-boarding.

Ericsson_IoT_Accelerator

Source: Ericsson

Developer Toolkits: ENCQOR 5G provides a set of APIs and their associated Software Development Kits (SDKs). Current SDKs: IoT Platform SDK, SDK Emulation Cloud and Edge Computing SDK.

Emulation Cloud: This is designed to help SMEs harness the potential of open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which are a foundational element of Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Source: Ciena

Edge Computing: This is a network architecture that enables high-speed, low-latency cloud computing capabilities at the edge of the cellular network. This platform is based on open-access and an open orchestration stack.

5G Mobile User Equipment: Android-based Qualcomm terminals that operate at 3.5 GHz and have all the Android applications usually seen on 4G terminals.

Programmable Data Plane: Software-defined networking (SDN) has enabled separating the networking control plane from the data plane. The data plane can be controlled and suited for the needs of an application. The application can now change how switches handle their packets after they are deployed.

5G Radio access technology (NR/LTE/CAT-M1/NB-IoT): NR refers to New Radio, which is the radio that will be operating at new 5G frequency spectrums. LTE is a 4G radio that can operate with a 5G core network. CAT-M1 and Narrow Band-IoT are radio implementation used for Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor communications.

5G Transport/Backhaul: The evolution toward 5G mobile networks is driven by a multitude of use cases, from mobile broadband to ultra-low latency. The role of the 5G transport/backhaul network is to connect all the pieces from the Radio Access Network to the mobile core, service network and clouds (edge, access and public).

Distributed Core Network: This refers to the change in network architecture required in 5G. Today’s networks have centralized core networks. In 5G standards, certain network functions will be distributed throughout the network and closer to the edges of the network, moving away from a centralized core to a distributed core. This is the only way some of the key performance parameters can be reached such as the low and ultra-low network latency.

5G iPaaS Roadmap

Access Type

  • Wireless to Wireless
  • Fixed to Wireless
  • Fixed to Fixed

2018-2019

  • ~350 Mbps LTE-A
  • Massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output)
  • ENCQOR Computing
  • IoT Integration Platform
  • Control / User Plane Separation
  • Innovation Development Platform
  • ENCQOR Infrastructure Emulation

Expected Spectrum (Actual spectrum frequencies are subject to change): 
3.5 GHz       Sub 3 GHz 

2019-2020

  • 1-2 Gbps 5G NR
  • Sub 10ms latency
  • End-to-End IoT Ecosystem
  • Network Slicing
  • Distributed Cloud
  • Virtualized RAN
  • Converged Haul / TSN

Expected Spectrum (Actual spectrum frequencies are subject to change): 
28 GHz       39 GHz

2020-2021+

  • 5 Gbps 5G NR
  • Sub 5ms latency
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Federated Network Slicing
  • Real time Machine Learning / AI

Expected Spectrum

*Actual spectrum frequencies are subject to change

3.5 GHz             Sub 3 GHz

28 GHz            39 GHz

*Features will be added throughout the project