A. Sabbah, A. Jarwan, O. Issa and M. Ibnkahla

Abstract

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a strong candidate for the next generation of Mission-Critical Networks (MCNs) for public safety and military use. However, extensive investigation on different operating scenarios has to be done before adopting LTE. Emulating LTE networks is the best solution to provide the needed insights to the regulators so that they can make informed decisions. In this paper, we integrate LTE-EPC Network simulator (LENA) module with the Common Open Research Emulator (CORE) in order to enable the emulation of large-scale LTE networks. The developed tool bridges the real and the simulated worlds by allowing us to connect real devices to simulated devices and passing traffic to the simulated world from the real world and vice versa. Using this tool, mission-critical scenarios could be investigated in a cost effective way.

A. Sabbah, A. Jarwan, O. Issa and M. Ibnkahla, “Enabling LTE emulation by integrating CORE emulator and LTE-EPC network (LENA) simulator,” 2017 IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Montreal, QC, 2017, pp. 1-6. Link