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The 5G EVE Multi-site Experimental Architecture and Experimentation Workflow

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... The Athens experimentation facility is comprised of the 5G-testbed owned by OTE, the largest Greek MNO, and created in OTE's research labs for 5G-EVE [10], and the stateof-the-art warehouse / Logistic-hub facilities of DIAKINISIS, the largest 3 rd Party Logistics (3PL) Greek operator. The 5Gtestbed will be upgraded to 3GPP Rel.16 compliant Stand Alone (SA) version and will be interconnected with the DIAKINISIS facilities with fiber connectivity. ...
... This UC will be validated over the Romanian 5G testbed, which is based on the Orange Romania testbed platform, using parts of the commercial 5G network as well as experimental open-source components, created by the 5G-EVE project [10]. The testbed will be progressively upgraded to a Rel.16 SA, while the upgraded 5G SA infrastructure will be enhanced during the deployment process with orchestration tools, such as ONAP or OSM, automatic services and VNFs onboarding and slicing orchestration. ...
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... Perez et al. J Wireless Com Network (2021 First of all, (1) this monitoring platform has been designed and implemented within the scope of an European project related to the research on 5G networks: 5G EVE [6,7]. This project is deploying a validation 5G multi-site platform, involving four main facilities located in Spain, Italy, France and Greece, where verticals and other projects can execute extensive trials. ...
... More complex functions may estimate the average rate between two points in a defined window time. • Directly provide them to the different tools grouped in the Monitoring/Results collection/KPI tools entity, which is the entity consuming metrics from the Metrics aggregation or the Inter-site broker system, laying the ground for a set of value-added additional components that range from the KPI Framework for performance diagnosis already mentioned, which allows to fulfill requirement (7), to more complex modules such as data analytics platforms, SLA enforcement mechanisms or data visualization services, which can be fed from the monitoring data provided by the system. ...
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... Either way, signal strength maps are expensive for both operators and crowdsourcing companies to obtain, and may not be available for all locations, times, frequencies, and other parameters of interest. The upcoming dense deployment of small cells at metropolitan scales will only increase the need for accurate and comprehensive signal maps to enable 5G network management [19,24]. ...
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... Mobile analytics companies (e.g., OpenSignal [42], Tutela [2]) crowdsource measurements directly from end-user devices, via standalone mobile apps or SDKs integrated into popular partnering apps, typically games, utility or streaming apps. The upcoming dense deployment of small cells for 5G at metropolitan scales will only increase the need for accurate and comprehensive signal maps [22,27]. Because cellular measurements are expensive to obtain, they may not be available for all locations, times and other parameters of interest, thus there is need for signal map prediction based on limited available such measurements. ...
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... In this setup, the 5Gr-VS interacts with an external PLMN domain managed through the 5G EVE platform [37] [38] to implement the multi-domain communication model based on peer CSMFs (i.e., communication service level). 5G EVE offers a Portal to request the experimentation of vertical services in configurable 5G environments, hosted in multiple 5G-enabled facilities across different European countries. ...
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... As a result, the implementation of the Monitoring architecture presented in Section 3 over the 5G EVE architecture [4] [18] results in the composition of a specific component chain, depicted in Figure 2. ...
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