5G TRANSFORMER plenary meeting in Paris

Yesterday, Jan 15th, Orange hosted a 5G TRANSFORMER plenary meeting in Paris, France.

Various topics came into discussion, mainly focusing on the next steps in the project progress and evolution, including actions towards the development of the Release 2 of the 5G-TRANSFORMER platform implementation, the refinement of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture and the planning of the presence of the project in next public events.



5G-TRANSFORMER using OSM to allow service providers to automatically deploy 5G network services

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project has selected OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) to be integrated within the 5GT-SO module to show the capabilities of this module to interoperate with multiple open source orchestration platforms and to exploit their services. More specifically, 5G- TRANSFORMER uses OSM as one of its MANO platforms inside the 5GT-SO to allow 5G- TRANSFORMER service providers to automatically deploy 5G network services providing the capability of managing their life-cycle over a distributed and multi-tenant Cloud infrastructure. OSM is integrated inside the Service Orchestrator through a wrapper to handle the network service workflow process and the translation/adaptation of network service descriptions and parameters as far as cloud resources are concerned. In this respect, it interacts with the underlying cloud resources that are then stitched with WAN and other cloud resources by the 5GT-SO.

Code available at: http://5g-transformer.eu/index.php/dissemination/open-source/

Project Partners: University Carlos III of Madrid, NEC Laboratories Europe, Ericsson, Atos Spain S.A, Nokia Networks, InterDigital, Telefonica I+D, Orange, Centro Richerche Fiat, Samur, BCom, Nextworks, Mirantis, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Politecnico di Torino, Eurecom, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Source: https://osm.etsi.org/wikipub/index.php/Research

5G-TRANSFORMER in the 10th Conference of the Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union in Spain


Under the motto “Towards a New Horizon”, the CDTI and the European Commission, in collaboration with the Board of Communities of Castilla La Mancha, organized the 10th Conference of the Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union in Spain, which  was held on November 20 at the Palacio de Congresos de Toledo.

The objective of the Conference was to analyze the participation of Spain in Horizon 2020 in order to draw conclusions that allowed Spanish entities to improve their participation in the calls for proposals of the previous years of the Program. During the Conference, the novelties implemented in the pilot of the European Innovation Council (EIC) were reviewed. This was in order to bring the research to market. Also, the proposal of the European Commission (EC) for the future Framework Program (Horizon Europe) was presented, and it was analyzed with the help of the main Spanish participants.

After the institutional inauguration, which was attended by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities and a representative of the Board of Communities of Castilla-La Mancha, the main conference “Current status of the Framework Program Horizon 2020 and the future Horizon Europe” was run by the Deputy Director General of the DG Research and Innovation of the EC.

Also, the afternoon session had two other round tables, which was mainly focused on the future PM “Horizon Europe, the immediate future”. They analyzed the proposal of the European Commission with two different approaches, addressing first a more institutional and strategic perspective, and dedicating the second to the vision of the participants.

In addition, during the Conference there was an exhibition of posters of projects coordinated by Spanish entities that have been financed by the Horizon 2020 Program. The 5G-TRANSFORMER project presented a poster can be foundin the following link:


Prof. Arturo Azcorra attended as the Project’s representative.

Also, the Schedule of the event (Spanish) can be found here:

Schedule of the Conference

Further information about the Conference can be found in http://www.conferenciah2020.es/ (Spanish)

Major milestone: Release 1 of 5G-TRANSFORMER software

Release 1 of 5G-TRANSFORMER software was just published Open Source. It includes features such as network slicing, monitoring platform, service management, Cloudify integration, OSM integration, all this with interfaces aligned with ETSI NFV Interface and Information Model Specifications (IFA). This is a major milestone for the project.

You can access our github account for downloading it by clicking here.

The code is divided in the four main blocks of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture:

  • Vertical Slicer Platform
  • Service Orchestrator Platform
  • Mobile Transport and Computing Platform
  • Monitoring Platform

They can all be accesed through our Open Source page, link here.

Also, all architectural details (global and for each of the building blocks) are available here.

Development work on each of these building blocks continues and a new release will be available in a few months with more advanced features.

Stay tuned!


ETSI-MEC meeting at UC3M

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An ETSI MEC meeting is going to take place from the 25th to the 28th of March, in the facilities of one of our consortium partners, the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. MEC (Multi- Access Edge Compting) offers IT service and cloud-computing capabilities at the edge of the mobile network in an environment that is characterized by proximity, ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. Furthermore, it provides exposure to real-time radio network and context information.

Looking into what MEC is: 

Multi-access Edge Computing offers application developers and content providers cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the network. This environment is characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth as well as real-time access to radio network information that can be leveraged by applications.

MEC provides a new ecosystem and value chain. Operators can open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorized third-parties, allowing them to flexibly and rapidly deploy innovative applications and services towards mobile subscribers, enterprises and vertical segments.

Strategic relevance of MEC

MEC is a natural development in the evolution of mobile base stations and the convergence of IT and telecommunications networking. Multi-access Edge Computing will enable new vertical business segments and services for consumers and enterprise customers. Use cases include:

  • video analytics
  • location services
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • augmented reality
  • optimized local content distribution and
  • data caching

It uniquely allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions. By deploying various services and caching content at the network edge, Mobile core networks are alleviated of further congestion and can efficiently serve local purposes.

MEC industry standards and deployment of MEC platforms will act as enablers for new revenue streams to operators, vendors and third-parties. Differentiation will be enabled through the unique applications deployed in the Edge Cloud.

5G-TRANSFORMER project participates in the 23rd edition of the Science Week 2018

23ª Setmana de la Ciència 2018 | 9 al 18 de Novembre | www.setmanaciencia.cat

The Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI – Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació) organizes this year, from 9 to 18 of November, the 23rd Science Week, during which many events will be held in Catalonia. The central themes of this year’s edition focus on cultural heritage.

5G-TRANSFORMER project takes part in this event with a talk given by the CTTC  Researcher Jorge Baranda. In its talk, Jorge Baranda presents the main axis and characteristics of upcoming 5G Mobile Networks as well as an overview of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture and how it fits into the 5G landscape to students of 1st year of higher level professional training. In addition to this, Jorge Baranda also presents the CTTC experimental facilities used in the context of mobile networking research, in general, and in the 5G-TRANSFORMER project, in particular. 

For more information about CTTC participation at the Science Week, you can visit http://www.cttc.es/the-cttc-will-participate-in-the-23rd-edition-of-the-science-week-2018/. For more details about the Science Week in overall, you can visit http://www.setmanaciencia.org/.

5G-TRANSFORMER in RAN World 2018

RAN World 2019


From 8-9th October 2018, RAN World took place in Torino, Italy.

What is RAN World?

RAN World is the essential meeting place for the operator, research and vendor communities looking to get the most out of the network, and to pave the way for next generation networks. Bringing a select group of 200 senior decision makers together, the show gives you the chance to:

  • Network with operators paving the way in new technologies and deploying the latest solutions
  • Discuss and debate new ideas and approaches to help overcome network challenges
  • Hear from leading research institutions on the technologies shaking up the radio access network
  • Prepare to put theory into practice looking at innovative approaches in spectrum, OpenSource, blockchain, network slicing, antenna technologies and more…
  • Understand how you can achieve the greatest efficiencies and optimise your existing assets
  • Benchmark against the latest technologies facilitating next generation networks
  • Watch live demos and product launches from leading international suppliers and technology vendors

“The venue and organisation was faultless, I saw a clear progression in the 5G discussion from previous editions and gained valuable insights into the road maps and thought-processes of both operators and vendors.”

Ashley Beynon, Senior Consultant 4G RAN Capacity, KPN

RAN World 2018 had some exciting new features, including:

  • New Location
We were in Rome with the support of our Host Network Operator Partner  TIM.

Rome, Italy - location of RAN World 2018

  • New Working Groups

Topics included network slicing, OpenSource and millimetre wave.

  • New Vendors and Audiences

Working Groups at RAN World

Greater representation from the infrastructure and OEM community.


  • New Networking Opportunities

Breakfast al fresco with your peers.

  • New R&D Companies

The latest and greatest developments and projects from across the RAN.

Prof. Claudio E. Casetti was an invited panelist at the event in the Network Slicing panel, where he had the chance to present 5G-TRANSFORMER’s vertical slicer architecture.

The presentation can be found in the following link:  20181010_RAN_World_Presentation[16741]

Link RAN World 2018 Agenda: http://www.ranworldevent.com/ran-world-2018-agenda

The 5G Crosshaul success story. Taming the avalanche of mobile data.

Data drives the internet as we know it. Getting it from one place to another, fast and unfettered, is one of the greatest challenges facing networks as the growth in video and other heavy applications show no signs of abating. European and Taiwanese network experts joined forces to prepare for the coming data avalanche by better integrating the front-and back-end mobile systems to deliver smoother, faster, cheaper ‘crosshaul’ solutions.

Improved device capabilities, more affordable data plans and the take-up of late-generation solutions (5G and LTE) are all set to play their part in driving innovation in mobile networks and, in turn, new economic opportunities for European players. But without careful planning and integrated technical solutions to manage the coming tsunami of data, the internet as we know it could start to unravel.

“The challenges posed by 5G development require a holistic perspective on all technologies set out to shape the mobile networks of the future, and chief among these is the transport network,” says Arturo Azcorra, professor at UC3M-Universidad Carlos III de  Madrid, and director of Imdea Networks Institute.

“The 5G-Crosshaul project I’ve coordinated has delivered what is now the de-factoconcept for an integrated 5G transport network, a crucial step towards the real-world implementation of the future 5G communications system,” he adds. And the timing could not be better.

To read the complete European Commission article about the 5G Crosshaul success story click here or visit the 5G Crosshaul project website.

European Researchers´ Night 2018

Sant´Anna School one of 5G TRANSFORMER partners participated in the European “Bright” Researchers´ Night 2018 in Pisa, Pontedera, and Livorno.

5G TRANSFORMER project activities were presented in this international event in order to bring 5G technologies applications closer to society.

Some of the members from Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna during their explanation to the general public.

To know more about the activities carried out click here to visit Sant Anna school magazine.


2º International Robotics Festival 2018

The second edition of the International Robotics Festival will be held in Pisa, Italy, from September 27th to October 3rd. Many topics will be debated during the event, some of the issues defined for this edition of the Festival are:

  • Furtherity or dematerialization? Ancient textures and modern codes for robotics and cybernetic tecnologies
  • Tecnology and robotics in architecture and urban planning
  • Cyber-Prosthetics. Be the Bots. Social and emotional robotics. Marine robotics.
  • Ethical, social, economic implications of robotics

The exhibition is running 28, 29 & 30 September and features a poster and a different 5G TRANSFORMER video demos in cooperation with 5G CORAL and 5G Ex projects.

For more detailed information visit the oficial website of the event , clicking here.