Is free5GC tested with any commercial RANs?

When we released stage 1 of free5GC (v1.0), we kept the S1AP interface to 4G eNB. We tested free5GC with some commercial eNBs successfully, including:

  1. GemTek WLTGFC-101 eNB, 3GPP Rel-9 compliance
  2. D-Link DWR-1012, 3GPP Rel-12 compliance
  3. WNC OSQ4G-01E2 eNB, 3GPP Rel-13 compliance

Our stage 2 (v2.0) and stage 3 (v3.0) implementations of free5GC follow the 3GPP R15 standalone (SA) standards. Because we cannot get any commercial 5G SA gNBs, so far we only tested free5GC with Spirent Landslide which is an 5G emulator. Some local companies in Taiwan will provide us real 5G SA gNBs. As soon as we get them, we will test them, which will be around Q4 this year. If you can provide us commercial 5G SA gNBs, we will be happy to test them too.

Hi,

I currently have access to a commercial gNB with SA support. I am installing it and I would like to validate that we can work with it and let you all know. However, I am not planning to use N3IWF for now. Thus, my understanding is that I can´t skip this and go with the installation with a single interface, am I wrong? Do I still need 3 interfaces for this solution?

BR

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  1. Yes, N3IWF is not necessary to run it if you don’t need it.
  2. I’m not sure how do you mean 3 interfaces?
  1. I’m not sure how do you mean 3 interfaces?

I mean, that from the free5gc website the N3IWF has this description:

“Make sure the machine is equipped with three network interfaces. (one is for connecting AMF, another is for connecting UPF, the other is for IKE daemon)”

Since I won’t be running N3IWF may I run free5gc with only one interface? In the past I have tested nextEPC (4G EPC) with a single interface and it works. Is it possible to run free5gc with a single interface too?

BTW, the gNB that I am planning to test is a Nokia model, I am really excited to test it! :slight_smile:

This depend on what architecture you wants to test on.
But in short, yes, you can just using one interface for all in one free5GC connect to gNB.