5TONIC scientists actively contribute to the development of 5G in a series of European research projects. This research is performed in collaboration with major infrastructure and equipment vendors, international operators, leading research institutes and universities as well as SMEs.


 

Project: 5G-VINNI:  5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure

Coordinator: Telenor, NO

Partners: Telenor Group (Telenor Research, Telenor Norway and Telenor Satellite), British Telecom (UK), Telefonica (Spain), SES (Lux), Huawei (Norway and Germany), Ericsson (Norway), Nokia (Norway), Samsung (UK), Intracom (Greece), Keysight (Denmark), Cisco (Norway), Alticelabs (Portugal), Engineering (Italy), AUEB (Greece), UC3M (Spain), Simula (Norway), Uni.Patras (Greece), Fraunhofer FOKUS (Germany), EANTC (Germany), Limemicro (UK), SRS (IR), and Eurescom (Germany).

Dates: 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021

Status: On going

Objectives: 5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure (5G-VINNI) is a pan-European research and innovation project financed by the EU’s Horizon2020 programme. 5G-VINNI facilitates uptake of 5G in Europe by providing an end-to-end facility that validates the performance of new 5G technologies, and explore solutions for vertical industries such as public safety, eHealth, shipping, transportation, media and entertainment and automotive. The project is scheduled to run for three years at sites in Norway, UK, Spain, Greece, Germany and Portugal, and has a budget of 20 million euros. The 5G-VINNI strategy to achieve this involves:

  • Design an advanced and accessible 5G end to end facility.
  • Build several interworking sites of the 5G-VINNI end to end facility.
  • Provide user friendly zero-touch orchestration, operations and management systems for the 5G-VINNI facility. 
  • Validate the 5G KPIs and support the execution of E2E trial of vertical use cases to prove the 5G-VINNI capabilities.
  • Develop a viable business and ecosystem model to support the life of the 5G-VINNI facility during and beyond the span of the project.
  • Demonstrate the value of 5G solutions to the 5G community particularly to relevant standards and open source communities with a view to securing widespread adoption of these solutions.

The 5G-VINNI E2E facility will demonstrate the achievement of 5G KPIs across a range of combinations and permutations of new 5G access technologies and end-user equipment types interconnected by the most advanced 5G core network technologies available. For this 5G-VINNI will leverage the latest 5G technologies, including results from previous 5G PPP projects.

This approach employs Network Function Virtualization, Network Slicing and a rigorous automated testing campaign to validate the 5G KPIs under various combinations of technologies and network loads. To ensure realistic load scenarios 5G-VINNI will create and make available an openness framework to give verticals and peer projects easy access to the 5G-VINNI facilities, both legally and technically, e.g. via open APIs. The 5G-VINNI facilities include 7 infrastructure instances in nationally supported 5G nodes across Europe; this number may be expanded as the ICT-19 projects come on-line in 2019.

5TONIC involvement: 5TONIC is one of the four main sites in 5G-VINNI to create an end to end integration of experimental facilities. The other three sites are in Norway, UK and Greece. 5TONIC will be integrated in the 5G-VINNI end to end facility and participate in the trials campaigns of use cases for vertical industries, in particular: public safety, eHealth, shipping, transportation, media and entertainment and automotive.

More information at: https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-eve/


Project: 5G-EVE

Coordinator: Telecom Italia

Partners: Telecom Italia SPA, Orange SA (France), Orange Romania SA, Orange Polska Spolka Akcyjna, Telefonía Investigación y Desarrollo SA, Hellenic Telecomunications Organization S.A. - OTE AE (Organismos Tilepikoinonion Tis Ellados OTE AE), Ericsson España SA, Ericsson Hellas SA, Tilepikoinoniakoy Ilinox, Ericsson Telecomunicazioni, Nokia Bells Labs France, Nokia Spain SA, Nokia Liseis Kaidiktia Ellas Anonimi Etaireia, Wings ICTSolutions Information & Comunication Technologies EPE, B-COM, Networks, Comune di Torino, ASTI-Automatismos y Sistemas de Transporte Interno SA, Trenitalia SPA, Applied Research to Technologies SRL, Telcaria Ideas SL, IDC Italia SRL, Eurescom - European Institude for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecomunications GMBH, Promozione Per L Innovazione FRA Industria e Universita Associazione, Eurecom, Universidad Carlos lll de Madrid, IMDEA Networks Institute, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni, Sociedad Mercantil Estatal La Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas S.A., Electricite de France.

Dates: 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021

Status: On going

Objectives: 5G-EVE will create an end to end facility that will provide the means for experimenting with: 

  • eMBB, mMTC, URLLC services; 
  • Access technologies, which will be heterogeneous including also 5G-NR technologies (therefore, going beyond the current and already included fixed/wireless means); 
  • Backhaul technologies; 
  • MEC capabilities
  • Core network and service technologies, including virtualization technologies, like the envisaged 5G VNF pool; 
  • Multi-x slicing and orchestration (cross domain and network segment/technology).

The 5G-EVE end to end facility will be from its first phases compliant to 5G standards and architectures, and additionally it will be continuously upgraded in accordance with standards evolution towards Release 16. In this respect, 5G-EVE allows to validate early versions of the standards and to prepare for later “forward compatible" versions.

5G-EVE will dedicate work to the validation of the end-to end facility, through the analysis of the 5G network KPIs; the respective network trials will rely on the important verticals, which are already parts of the project, as well as on further, external verticals, which will be sought and be engaged through project work. 

The 5G-EVE end-to-end facility will be composed of four interworking site facilities, being 5TONIC the only laboratory from Spain.

5TONIC involvement:As one of the core sites of the project, 5TONIC will leverage our existing and upcoming resources to give access to experimenters to the last products and services of 5G networks. This will be boosted by the members of 5TONIC participating in the project: Ericsson, Telefonica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and IMDEA Networks, and by collaborators like ASTI and IFEMA (by means of SEGITTUR).

More information at: https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-eve/


Project: 5RANGE

Coordinator: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Partners: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Technische Universität Dresden, University of Oulu, Telefónica I+D, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações, Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Universidade de Brasília, Ericsson do Brasil

Dates: 01/11/2017 - 31/03/2020

Status: Not started yet

Objectives: 5G is considered the next revolution in communication. Several researches focus efforts in tackling challenges for enhancing data rate, reducing latency, improving connectivity and reducing consumption. However there is one relevant mode that has not been strongly supported by the research efforts, which is Internet access for remote areas. As of today, we estimate 1.4 billion of unconnected people live in areas where mobile broadband coverage is not available, showing the immense impact of a network that can deliver high quality Internet access in remote areas. It is clear that a sustainable rural service will not be available unless network deployments and business strategies are specifically tailored to this scenario. Integrating state-of-the-art in mobile communication with business concepts of sharing economy would allow any local entrepreneur to become a profitable mobile rural infrastructure operator with extremely capillary commercialization and operating capabilities. The goal of 5G-RANGE is surpass the limitations of current technologies, making the coverage of low populate areas a feasible business. We aim for a cell radius above 50 km with at least 100 Mbps at the edge, employing both licensed and unlicensed frequencies, while cognitive radio techniques will be used to protect incumbents. Clearly, this new 5G mode needs to be flexible to comply with different applications and services. The current standards cannot use spectral wholes and have limited spectrum mobility. A new waveform needs to be considered and the mechanisms in the MAC and Network layers must take advantage of the features of this waveform in order to provide the desirable dynamic and fragmented spectrum allocation. The combination of an innovative PHY and a cognitive MAC will result in a 5G mode able to reach the unconnected people, not only in Brazil, but worldwide. This network will also trigger new agribusiness services, bringing new revenues for different sectors of our society.

5TONIC involvement: 5RANGE will leverage on 5tonic to test several components of the 5RANGE architecture, including the new radio and new MAC layer.


Project: 5GINFIRE

Coordinator: EuresCom

Partners: Eurescom, B-COM, Easy Global Market SAS, Instituto de Telecomunicaçoes, Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo, UC3M, University of Bristol, University of Patras, Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, and Universidade de Sao Paulo

Dates: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019

Status: On going

Objectives: The 5GINFIRE is, by design, a duality project that sets its overall technical objectives as a prerequisite for achieving a longer term strategic objective that aspires to resonate beyond its lifetime and act as valuable source of constant feedback. The specific 5GINFIRE project objectives are defined as follows: (1) establish the first 5G NFV-enabled experimental testbed capable of instantiating and supporting vertical industries based on industry-leading and open source technologies; (2) specify, Implement and Operate Verticals drawn from the Automotive Industry on top of the Open5G-NFV common experimental facility; (3) Provide a platform for innovation in Europe specifically suitable for SMEs; (4) develop open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) functionality and toolsets for experimental architecture instantiation featuring automation of deployment process, orchestration and lifecycle management aiming at enabling truly Open Experimentation that fosters innovation; (5) enable in-testbed and extra-testbed demonstrations in an open reference platform: (6) open software and APIs for rapid prototyping and inclusion of new building block functionalities with the necessary metadata definition; and (7) accelerate the formation of an open European-initiated, global-reach, long-term sustainable community and liaise with other relevant initiatives to further the goals of this project.

To guarantee architectural and technological convergence, the proposed Open, and Extensible 5G NFV-based Reference (Open5G-NFV) ecosystem of Experimental Facilities will be built in alignment with on-going standardization and open source activities, also targeted by other closely related programme activities such as FIWARE and 5G-PPP to name a few. Accordingly, the Open5G-NFV FIRE ecosystem may serve as the forerunner experimental playground wherein new components, architecture designs and APIs may be tried and proposed before they are ported to more industrially “mainstream” 5G networks that are expected to emerge in large scale..

5TONIC involvement: 5TONIC will host the MANO stack of the 5GINFIRE experimental testbed, orchestrating the instantiation of virtual network and vertical functions across the experimental infrastructures provided by the project partners. The laboratory also provides a base of NFV infrastructure to support experimentation activities with virtual functions within the scope of the project.

More information at: https://5ginfire.eu


Project: 5G TRANSFORMER

Coordinator: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Partners: UC3M, NEC, Ericsson, Atos, Nokia, InterDigital, Telefónica, Orange, CRF, SAMUR, B-COM, Nextworks, MIRANTIS, CTTC, Politecnico di Torino, EURECOM, SSSA, ITRI

Dates: 01/06/2018 - 30/11/2019

Status: On going

Objectives: 5G-Transformer aims to transform today’s mobile transport network into an SDN/NFV-based Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP), which brings the “Network Slicing” paradigm into mobile transport networks by provisioning and managing MTP slices tailored to the specific needs of vertical industries. The technical approach is twofold:

  1. Enable vertical industries to meet their service requirements within customised MTP slices; and
  2. Aggregate and federate transport networking and computing fabric, from the edge all the way to the core and cloud, to create and manage MTP slices throughout a federated virtualized infrastructure.

The goal of 5G-Transformer is to design, implement and demonstrate a 5G platform that addresses the aforementioned challenges.

The project will demonstrate several vertical industry use cases:

  • Automotive: Autonomous Cruise Control (ACC) enforcement application, Collaborative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) application and Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) application.
  • eHealth: Improvement of the municipal emergency communication network and development of a new technological solution for health workers and volunteers.
  • Media & Entertainment: Media applications for stadia and the Olympic Games.

5TONIC involvement: The project aims at using the 5TONIC  testbed as one of the main venues for demonstration purposes.

More information at: https://5g-transformer.eu


Project: 5G CORAL

Coordinator: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Partners: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Ericsson AB, InterDigital Europe, Telecom Italia, Telcaria Ideas, SICS Swedish ICT AB, Azcom Technology, Industrial Technology Research Institute Incorporated, ADLINK, FOXCONN, National Chiao Tung University

Dates: 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2019

Status: Approved

Objectives: 5G-CORAL aims at delivering a convergent 5G multi-RAT access through an integrated virtualised edge and fog solution that is flexible, scalable, and interoperable with other domains including transport (fronthaul, backhaul), core and clouds. The major objectives are:

  • Develop a system model that includes use cases, requirements, architecture, and business models to design and validate the 5G-CORAL solution
  • Design virtualised RAN functions, services, and applications for hosting in the 5G-CORAL Edge and Fog computing System (EFS)
  • Design an Orchestration and Control system (OCS) for dynamic federation and optimised allocation of 5G-CORAL EFS resources
  • Integrate and demonstrate 5G-CORAL technologies in large-scale testbeds making use of facilities offered by Taiwan, and measure their KPIs
  • Disseminate and contribute 5G-CORAL results into international research and innovation venues to pave the way for their successful exploitation

5G-CORAL project will be validated in three testbeds (i) shopping mall in Taiwan, (ii) high-speed train in Taiwan, and (iii) connected cars in Taiwan and Italy.

5TONIC involvement: The project 5G-CORAL will use 5TONIC as one of its main venues of prototyping and experimentation where we will test the integration of Fog, MEC and Cloud over an LTE network composed of OpenAirInterface LTE implementation.

More information at: https://5g-coral.eu


Project: 5G-Ex

Coordinator: ERICSSON

Partners: Ericsson (Hungary and Italy), ATOS, AUEB, BISDN, BME, Deutsche Telekom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies Dusseldorf GmBH, KTH, MNS.VC, Orange, RedZinc, Telecom Italia, Telefonica I+D, Telenor, UC3M, UCL

Dates: 01/10/2015 - 30/06/2018

Status: On going

Objectives: 5G Exchange (5GEx) enables business and technical cross-domain orchestration of services over multiple administrations. Such orchestration allows instantiating end-to-end networks & services into multi-vendor heterogeneous technology resource environments. The goal of 5GEx is the automated assignment and mapping of virtualised service elements, creating opportunities for operators to buy, sell, and integrate infrastructure services in an automated and cost-effective manner.

5GEx focuses on a number of use cases for demonstrating the set of functionalities required for multi-domain and multi-technology perspectives, reflecting future realistic scenarios enabled by 5GEx. The use cases are categorised according to the target service scope: the Connectivity, the NFV Infrastructure as a Service, the Virtualised Network Function as a Service, and the Slice as a Service (composition of the previous ones) cases.

5TONIC involvement: The project is using 5TONIC to host one of the testbed (islands) connected to the 5GEx sandbox, where different integration and evaluation efforts take place. Besides, 5TONIC hosted the second technical review of the project, which took place in May 2017.

More information at: http://www.5gex.eu/


Project: 5G NORMA

Coordinator: Nokia

Partners: NOKIA, NEC EUROPE LTD, ATOS SPAIN SA, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG, ORANGE SA, TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO, AZCOM TECHNOLOGY SRL, NOMOR RESEARCH GMBH, REAL WIRELESS LIMITED, KING´S COLLEGE LONDON. TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET KAISERSLAUTERN, UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Dates: 01/07/2015 - 31/12/2017

Status: Completed

Objectives: 5G NORMA aims to develop a novel mobile network architecture that provides the necessary adaptability in a resource efficient way able to handle fluctuations in traffic demand resulting from heterogeneous and dynamically changing service portfolios and to changing local context.  The developed "multi-service and context-aware adaptation of network functions" will allow for a resource-efficient support of these varying scenarios and help to increase energy-efficiency by always selecting the most energy efficient option. The "mobile network multi-tenancy" approach to be developed by 5G NORMA will leverage the adaptability  and efficiency of network functions and enable an inherent and dynamic sharing and distribution of  network resources between operators. This will allow operators to increase their revenue through the new services, while leveraging the efficiency of the architecture to do so in a cost-effective way. 5G NORMA will apply concepts from software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization (NFV), and, in the long-term, will result in enhanced and flexible 5G base stations, software-based centralized controllers and software-based RAN elements.

5TONIC involvement: Some of the experiments on orchestration and network virtualization of the 5G NORMA project have been performed in the 5TONIC testbed, in order to evaluate the performance of the proposed scheme in realistic scenarios.

More information at: https://5gnorma.5g-ppp.eu/

Project: 5G-CrossHaul

Coordinator: Universidad Carlos III madrid

Partners: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, NEC, Ericsson AB, Ericsson Telecomunicazioni, ATOS, NOKIA, InterDigital Europe, Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo, Telecom Italia, Orange, Visiona, Nextworks, Core Network Dynamics, TELNET, Fraunhofer HHI, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, CREATE-NET, Politecnico di Torino, Lunds Universitet, Industrial Technology Research Institute Incorporated

Dates: 01/07/2015 - 31/12/2017

Status: Completed

Objectives: The 5G-Crosshaul project aims at developing a 5G integrated backhaul and fronthaul transport network enabling a flexible and software-defined reconfiguration of all networking elements in a multi-tenant and service-oriented unified management environment. The 5G-Crosshaul transport network envisioned will consist of high-capacity switches and heterogeneous transmission links (e.g., fibre or wireless optics, high-capacity copper, mmWave) interconnecting Remote Radio Heads, 5GPoAs (e.g., macro and small cells), cloud-processing units (mini data centres), and points-of-presence of the core networks of one or multiple service providers. This transport network will flexibly interconnect distributed 5G radio access and core network functions, hosted on in-network cloud nodes, through the implementation of: (i) a control infrastructure using a unified, abstract network model for control plane integration (Crosshaul Control Infrastructure, XCI); (ii) a unified data plane encompassing innovative high-capacity transmission technologies and novel deterministic-latency switch architectures (Crosshaul Packet Forwarding Element, XFE).

The 5G-Crosshaul testbed consist of four sites:

  • The 5G Berlin initiative (http://5g-berlin.org/) core and access infrastructure is located directly in the center of Berlin in Charlottenburg.
  • The 5TONIC laboratory (http://5tonic.org/) infrastructure, located in Madrid, is a base framework oriented to test and develop 5G deployments.
  • The 5G end-to-end testbed infrastructure, located in Barcelona.
  • The Taiwan High Speed Train Testbed, located in Taiwan.

5TONIC involvement: The project 5G-Crosshaul uses 5TONIC as its main testbed facility, noteworthy are the demonstrations to be performed for Crosshaul integrated data plane which will showcase new PDCP/RLC and eCPRI-like LTE functional splits working over mmWave and multi-layer optical switches. And the demonstration on optimised content delivery which will showcase dynamic creation of virtual CDNs.

More information at: https://5g-crosshaul.eu


Project: Flex5Gware - Flexible and efficient hardware/software platforms for 5G network elements and devices

Coordinator: Intel Deutschland GmbH

Partners: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, NEC, Intel Deutschland GmbH, Telecom Italia, CEA, CNIT, CTTC, Fraunhofer-IAF, iMinds, KU Leuven, UC3M, UNI Pisa, VTT, TST-Sistemas, Sequans, Wings ICT-Solutions

Dates: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2017

Status: Completed

Objectives: The overall objective of Flex5Gware is to deliver highly reconfigurable hardware (HW) platforms together with HW-agnostic software (SW) platforms targeting both network elements and devices and taking into account increased capacity, reduced energy footprint, as well as scalability and modularity, to enable a smooth transition from 4G mobile wireless systems to 5G. This approach will be necessary so that 5G HW/SW platforms can meet the requirements imposed by the anticipated exponential growth in mobile data traffic (1000 fold increase) together with the large diversity of applications (from low bit-rate/power power for M2M to interactive and high resolution applications).

5TONIC involvement: One of the Proof of Concepts of the Flex5Gware project (PoC #8: Reconfigurable radio platform and SW programming performed and injected by the network) has been partly developed and integrated in the 5TONIC premises (including attendance from other partners), prior to its exhibition in the project’s final event.

More information at: http://www.flex5gware.eu


Project: mmMAGIC

Coordinator: SAMSUNG

Partners: Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia Bell Labs Deutschland AG, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Telefonica, Fraunhofer HHI Institute, CEALETI, IMDEA Networks, Aalto University, Bristol University, Chalmers University, Technical University Dresden, (Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, Qamcom

Dates: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2017

Status: Completed

Objectives: The mmMAGIC (Millimetre-Wave Based Mobile Radio Access Network for Fifth Generation Integrated Communications) project developed and designed new concepts for mobile radio access technology (RAT) for mmwave band deployment. This is envisaged as a key component in the 5G multi-RAT ecosystem and will be used as a foundation for global standardization. The project intended to enable ultrafast mobile broadband services for mobile users, supporting UHD/3D streaming, immersive applications and ultra-responsive cloud services.

A new radio interface, including novel network management functions and architecture components is proposed, taking as guidance 5G PPP’s KPI and exploiting the use of novel adaptive and cooperative beam-forming and tracking techniques to address the specific challenges of mm-wave mobile propagation. The project has undertaken extensive radio channel measurements in the 6-100 GHz range, and has developed and validated advanced channel models that are used for rigorous validation and feasibility analysis of the proposed concepts and system, as well as for usage in regulatory and standards fora. The ambition of the project was to pave the way for a European head start in 5G standards, including 3GPP, and to secure essential IPRs to European industry, strengthening European competitiveness.

5TONIC involvement: Information was exchanged between mmMagic project and 5TONIC, that helped steer the direction of mmMAGIC and 5TONIC, respectively.

More information at: https://5g-mmmagic.eu/