Thursday, 20 July 2017

New 5G-PPP Projects Kick-off (5G PPP Phase2), by Agata Buczkowska, Grandmetric.

5G-PPP Phase 2 project undertaken

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G – PPP, ) is a joint initiative between the European ICT industry and the European Commission. The purpose of this initiative was to rethink the infrastructure and to create next generation of communication network.
The 5G-PPP Programme will consist of at least three phases of approximately 20 large projects working in parallel in each phase. These projects will have unique goals but together will answer the Key Performance Indicators of the Programme and fulfill the vision of a new network.
The Phase 2 of the Horizon-2020 5GPPP has started at the beginning of the June 2017 and will last up to August 2020. The short description of the projects is given below:
A Global
  • 5G ESSENCE: Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences (, 06.2017 – 11.2019): devotes to the idea of Edge Cloud computing and Small Cell-as-a-Service (SCaaS). It will be done by improving the drivers and removing the barriers in the Small Cell (SC) market. 5G ESSENCE will provide a highly flexible and scalable platform, which will support new business models and incoming streams.

  • 5G CAR: Fifth Generation Communication Automotive Research and innovation (, 06.2017 – 05.2019): will focus on V2X network aspects. It will develop 5G system architecture, optimize end-to-end V2X network connectivity for highly reliable and low-latency V2X services, which supports security and privacy, manages quality-of-service along with traffic flow in a multi-RAT and multi-link V2X communication system.
  • 5GCity (, 06.2017 – 11.2019): will build, develop, deploy and test, in operational conditions, a distributed cloud and radio platform for municipalities and infrastructure owners acting as 5G neutral hosts. This multi-tenant open platform that extends the centralized cloud model to the extreme edge of the network will be demonstrated in three different cities. The main goal of the project is to maximize the refund the investment for the whole digital market chain (users, application, cloud providers) and to solve the open research challenges in the 5G-based edge virtualization domain, including the neutral host perspective in dense deployment environments.
  • 5G MEDIA: Programmable edge-to-cloud virtualization fabric for the 5G Media industry (, 06.2017 – 11.2019): focuses on innovating media-related applications by investigating how applications and the underlying 5G network should interwork and be coupled. The main objectives are capitalizing and properly extending the valuable outcomes of the running 5G PPP projects to offer an agile programming, verification and orchestration platform for services, evolving network functions and applications and demonstrating them in large-scale deployments.
  • 5G-MoNArch: 5G Mobile Network Architecture for diverse services, use cases, and applications in 5G and beyond (, 07.2017 – 06.2019): brings into practice the concepts of the expected diversity of services where use cases and applications in 5G require a flexible, adaptable, and programmable architecture. This will include the functional innovations for the key technologies required for the identified use cases (resilience and security, resource elasticity) and deployment and experimental implementation of the architecture in two use cases (sea port and touristic city).
  • 5G-PHOS: 5G integrated Fiber-Wireless networks exploiting existing photonic technologies for high-density SDN-programmable network architectures (, 09.2017 – 08.2020): focuses on the development the novel 5G broadband fronthaul architectures. The goal is to evaluate them for Ultra-dense and Hot-Spot areas taking advantage of the recent advances in optical technologies towards producing a powerful photonic integrated circuit technology toolkit.
  • 5G PICTURE: 5G Programmable Infrastructure Converging disaggregated neTwork and compUte Resources (, 06.2017 – 11.2019): will develop the infrastructure that relies on a converged fronthaul and backhaul solution, integrating advanced wireless access and novel optical network domains. The concept of Disaggregated-Radio Access Networks (DA-RANs) will be adopted to allow any service to flexibly mix-and-match and to use compute, storage network resources through HW programmability.
  • 5Gtango: 5G Development and Validation Platform for global Industry – specific Network Services and Apps (, 06.2017 – 11.2019): pays attention to the flexible programmability of 5G networks. The main goals within the project are:
    • reduction of the time-to-market for networked services by shortening the service development cycle and by qualifying those network services to be adopted,
    • decrease the entry barrier to third party developers along with supporting the creation and composition of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and application elements as “Network Services”,
    • also boost the NFV uptake in industry via an ‘extended’ DevOps model and
    • the validation at scale of Network Service capabilities of the 5GTANGO platform in vertical show cases.
  • 5G – Transformer: 5G Mobile Transport Platform for Verticals (, 06.2017 – 11.2017): will transform modern mobile transport networks into an SDN/NFV-based Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP), which brings the “Network Slicing” concept into mobile transport networks by supplying and managing MTP slices tailored to the specific needs of vertical industries. The goal of the Project is to design, implement and show a 5G platform that addresses challenges such as:
    • enable vertical industries to meet their service requirements within customized MTP slices
    • unite transport networking and computing fabric, from the edge all the way to the core and cloud, and
    • to create and manage MTP slices throughout a federated virtualized infrastructure.
  • 5G-Xcast: Broadcast and Multicast Communication Enablers for the Fifth Generation of Wireless Systems (, 06.2017 – 05.2019): the goal of the project is to develop broadcast and multicast point to multipoint (PTM) capabilities for 5G considering M&E automotive, IoT and PWS use cases and evaluate 5G spectrum allocation options for 5G Broadcast network deployments. The project assumes also a design of the 5G network architecture with layer independent network interfaces to dynamically and smoothly switch between unicast, multicast and broadcast modes or use their in parallel.
  • Global vision, standardisation & stakeholder engagement in 5G (, 07.2017 – 12.2019): will simplify a European-led contribution to the international vision of 5G networks, dealing with a large set of requirements from different vertical industries. The goal of the project is to implement a European “5G PPP Vision” in an international context, by involving all important stakeholders.
to read complete summary of projects click HERE 

Blog Author: 

Agata Buczkowska received her M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications from the Poznan University of Technology, Poland in October 2012. She spent 9 months at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland within LLP Erasmus Student Exchange Programme. Later on, to improve analytical skills she got also B.Sc. degree in Mathematics in 2014 from Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaƄ. Since then she worked in different fields of communication, including networking and optical networks planning. In Grandmetric she is involved in wireless systems research.