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 Open Innovation Laboratory is born to promote joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and a conference site, all in a international environment oriented to achieve the highest technological impact in this area. The Laboratory will provide infrastructure to support a wide range of systems, functionality, services and applications allowing the deployment, analysis, testing, trial and demonstration of choice technologies currently considered the driving forces of 5G development. With the 2020 horizon in sight, the private-public enterprise 5TONIC aims to tackle the challenge of creating a blueprint for the new technologies and standards that are to define future ICT networks, the backbone of the “networked society”.


5TONIC will serve to demonstrate and display the capabilities and interoperation of pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications by leading global companies in the 5G arena. In this way, the Research & Innovation Laboratory will help interested industry to perform a realistic evaluation of technology choices, together with the latest innovations in the core network. Now singly launched by Telefonica R&D and IMDEA Networks Institute, other participating companies will join up as members or collaborators to enjoy the potential benefits of 5TONIC: A laboratory that will allow them to carry out evaluations about the technical and financial feasibility of a given technology, analyze the hidden deployment costs or the complexity of various solutions, establish regulatory aspects to be addressed, etc.


Research Areas

5G Virtual Software Network Area

The area covers the following research areas: Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN), security services, network control and management planes, cloud services, signaling, and related areas.

5G Wireless Systems Area

Air interface, radio aspects, duplexing, multiplexing, media access control, spectrum, interference, mobility tracking, all based on a multi-RAT approach.

The Laboratory will support a wide range of systems, functionality, services and applications, including user terminals and outdoors equipment if needed, as well as edge and cloud based back-office functionality. More areas may be incorporated in the future if considered convenient. In addition to focused technological areas, the Laboratory may include horizontal technical topics considered relevant, such as:


Energy efficiency, harvesting and management, in particular for IoT devices

Security and privacy

Measurements and monitoring