Creating the foundations for 5G end-to-end networks in Europe

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5G PPP infrastructure project 5G EVE has started

Press release | 31st August 2018

Turin, Italy. 5G PPP infrastructure project 5G EVE started its work in July. The project is addressing a challenge, which is crucial for all actors in the 5G value chain, including network operators and vendors as well as vertical industries and SMEs – providing reliable E2E network environments for early validation of innovative 5G services and applications.

5G EVE will be instrumental towards the pervasive roll-out of 5G end-to-end networks in Europe. The project will do so by offering to all 5G experimenters a 5G end-to-end facility, which enables them to validate the performance of their 5G-ready solutions prior to 5G networks being commercially rolled out. The three-year project is performed by a multidisciplinary consortium of 28 leading academic and industrial partners from 7 EU countries.

The 5G EVE end-to-end facility

The 5G EVE concept is based on further developing and interconnecting 4 existing European sites to form a unique 5G end-to-end facility. The four interworking sites are located in Greece, Spain, France, and Italy (see figure). They are complemented by advanced labs, e.g. the Ericsson lab in Kista, Sweden. The French site is composed of a cluster of 4 sites located in Paris, Nice, and Rennes.

5G EVE end-to-end facility

5G EVE end-to-end facility – Site locations

The facility will be offered to vertical industries through a unified functional and operational API for execution and validation of pilots. The 5G EVE end-to-end facility will enable experimentation and validation with full sets of 5G capabilities – initially Release 15 compliant and by the end of the project Release 16 compliant.

Specifically, the technical objectives include:

  • Implementing Release 16 compatible technologies in the four sites, starting from the evolutions of current Release 15. Specific pilots will validate that 5G KPIs can be achieved.
  • Designing and implementing site interworking and multi-x slicing/ orchestration mechanisms.
  • Implementing a vertical-oriented open framework.
  • Creating advanced 5G testing and measurement mechanisms to validate advanced 5G features and KPIs.

Expected impact of 5G EVE

The 5G EVE results are expected to have a positive and broad impact on the position of European industry in the global 5G market.
“We will achieve this impact by closely working together with other projects at 5G PPP level. Our aims are to establish cross-industry 5G standards and design a common architecture,” said 5G EVE coordinator Maurizio Cecchi from Telkom Italia.

Furthermore, the 5G EVE infrastructure and validation framework will strongly contribute to demonstrating real vertical sector requirements.
“5GEVE will contribute to accelerate our innovation ecosystem around 5G, making it easier for all parties to early test their 5G innovations and collect high-quality first-hand technology and market feedback, which will help us all to timely develop and launch compelling 5G services and applications,” said Manuel Lorenzo, Technical Manager of 5G EVE from Ericsson Spain.

About 5G EVE

5G EVE, the ‘5G European Validation platform for Extensive trials’, is a European infrastructure research project within phase 3 of the 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP). The project goal is to create the foundations for a pervasive roll-out of 5G end-to-end networks in Europe. 5G EVE started on 1st July 2018 and runs for 36 months. The 15.7 million euro project is coordinated by Telecom Italia and is co-funded by the European Commission under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The project consortium consists of 28 partners from 7 countries:

Telecom Italia SPA (Italy); Orange SA (France); Orange Romania SA (Romania); Orange Polska Spolka Akcyjna (Poland); Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (Spain); Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (Greece); Ericsson España S.A. (Spain); Ericsson Hellas S.A. (Greece); Ericsson Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (Italy); NOKIA BELL LABS France (France); NOKIA SPAIN S.A. (Spain) ; Nokia Solutions and Networks Hellas S.A. (Greece); WINGS ICT SOLUTIONS PC (Greece); B-COM (France); NEXTWORKS S.r.l. (Italy); Consortium Città di Torino (Italy); ASTI MOBILE ROBOTICS S.A.U (Spain) ; Trenitalia S.p.A. (Italy); Applied Research to Technologies S.R.L. (Italy); Telcaria Ideas S.L. (Spain) ; IDC Italia srl (Italy); Eurescom GmbH (Germany); Promozione per l’Innovazione fra Industria e Università Associazione PIIU (Italy); EURECOM (France) ; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) ; Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (Italy); Sociedad Estatal para la Gestión de Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas S.A. (Spain) ; Electricité de France (France).

Project Coordinator: Maurizio Cecchi, Telecom Italia

Press Contact: Milon Gupta, Eurescom GmbH
Phone: + 49 6221 989–0 | E-mail: contact(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)
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The 5G EVE project is co-funded by the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme – grant agreement number 815074. This press release solely reflects the views of the 5G EVE project consortium. The Commission is not responsible for the contents of this press release or any use made thereof.

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