About 5TONIC

5TONIC was initiated by Telefonica and IMDEA Networks Institute with a clear vision to create an open research and innovation ecosystem laboratory in which industry and academia come together to boost technology and business innovative ventures.

The laboratory will promote joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites, all in an international environment of the highest impact. In other words, 5TONIC will serve to show the capabilities and interoperation of pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications, by leading global companies in the 5G arena. Apart from the initial members, 5TONIC welcomes new members to join and gain from the benefits of an advanced research and innovation laboratory, oriented to research, debate, field-testing and demonstration of all technologies and equipment to support 5G communications, services and applications.

5G networks are considered the gateway to the age of “intelligent everything” that awaits us. The development of 5G has thus become a landmark in the global competition for technological leadership. The 5TONIC Laboratory was created to promote joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and a conference site, all in an international environment oriented to achieve the highest technological impact in this area.

The main 5TONIC Research & Innovation Laboratory site will be located at IMDEA Networks Institute, a research institute on the forefront of technological innovation and with an extensive track record in European 5G Research Projects. IMDEA Networks is one of the main leaders at European level in the field of 5G networks. Among 5G research projects carried out by the Madrid Institute are the ongoing SEARCHLIGHT, TIGRE-CM and CLOUD4BIGDATA projects, and the recently concluded CROWD and iJOIN projects.


Telefónica I+D: a Company dedicated to Research and Development and innovation within the digital frame, as a part of Telefónica Group, and with the goal of developing new products and services based on the most advanced communications technologies.

IMDEA Networks is a foundation promoted by the Regional Government of Madrid to (i) perform research of excellence, (ii) bring off transfer technology to the industrial sector in order to improve competitiveness, and make Madrid a centre for science, technology and research, positioning it among those knowledge-generating regions at the forefront of innovation.

Benefits of 5TONIC

5TONIC will help its partner companies evaluate the feasibility and costs of a given technology, analyzing hidden deployment costs, complexity of the solutions, regulatory aspects to tackle, etc.

5TONIC will help its partner companies to perform a realistic evaluation of technology choices, together with the latest innovations in the services, core network and wireless network