5G is the first telecommunications technology to solely use internet protocol (IP) to transport traffic across its networks. While previous wireless technologies have utilized a mix of special purpose hardware and proprietary software combined with commodity equipment, 5G can run completely on COTS hardware and Open Source software. While this can accelerate innovation, I t can also rapidly expand the attack surface for malicious actors. A tight coupling of communication systems technologists and enterprise cloud security professionals is critical to ensure a secure and efficient 5G network.
This project has developed a fully Open Source cell infrastructure based on Open Source code and commercially available Software Defined Radios and Computers.
The requirements for 5G have ushered in the need for tightly coupled cloud computing, Software Defined Radio, and Software Defined Networking capabilities like never before. The design and implementation of such systems should consider these three technologies from a balanced perspective with a focus on securing all three.