FrontHaul & BackHaul Convergence for 5G Use Cases

The “FrontHaul & BackHaul Convergence for 5G Use Cases” session took place last April 11th in the 5TONIC Lab.

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project was invited to the Fronthaul & Backhaul Convergence for 5G event, running a live Mobile Cloud Robotics show. 

The main innovations that were shown were the following:

  • The Mobile-Transport and cloud Platform (MTP) for real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions. The platform orchestrates radio, transport, and cloud to enable creation and operation of 5G based services for Industry Verticals.
  • The underlying 5G transport network that provides fronthaul & backhaul interfaces for different use cases: wireline enterprise access, eMBB, critical and massive IoT communications, etc.
  • The mobile cloud robotics use case where robots and automated guided vehicles (AGV’s) interact to manipulate and move objects in a working area inside the 5TONIC Lab.
    This activity was carried out in the framework of 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-Crosshaul EU projects where the MTP platform has been defined and realized. During the event, the technology that has been developed in the 5G-TRANSFORMER project, was presented to Telefonica’s business units.

The event’s work and effort was driven by Ericsson Research in tight cooperation with the Ericsson Network product management and with Telefonica involvement on 5G transport network capabilities. 

Below, the agenda of the event:




5G-TRANSFORMER’s participation in IETF104


The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a key standard development organization in the area of Internet-related technologies, met in March in Prague for a week. During this meeting (IETF 104), 5G-TRANSFORMER not only monitored relevant efforts at different Working Groups (WGs), such as Service Function Chaining (SFC), Internet Area (INTAREA), Network Management Research Group (NMRG) and Distributed Mobility Management (DMM), but also presented different contributions, among which we can mention the following:

–  Proxy Mobile IPv6 extensions for Distributed Mobility Management,  (

–  Distributed Mobility Anchoring,  (

–  SPAWN use cases  (

All in all,  IETF 104 showcased the many different ways in which having a physical meeting can substantially advance the work of our community over the course of just one week’s time.

To learn more about the IETF104 highlights follow this link:

Arturo Azcorra: “How to deploy and run Connected Industry 4.0” (MWC19)

Arturo Azcorra, Vicepresident of 5TONIC, Full Professor at UC3M and Director of IMDEA Networks participated in the panel “Capitalising on operator’s assets for the industry 4.0 value chain” held on February 26 at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. He gave a presentation entitled “How to deploy and run Connected Industry 4.0”. 

For years, operators have had a rich set of capabilities that can add value and offer huge opportunities to enterprises of all kinds, beyond connectivity and communications.

The conference discussion examined how you can really gain value fom the assets you already have and shared best practices from the leading edge.

In his presentation, he  introduces the complexity of Connected Industry 4.0, to put the spectator into perspective. Then he explains which are the three areas of complexity and their interconnections in the Connected Industry 4.0, to link them with the role the Operators will play in this ecosystem, their assets and challenges. To illustrate it, a summary of the main trials carried out or planned in the next future within the 5TONIC laboratory, where Telefonica is the Operator, is given. 

Video of the presentation available here:


5G Technology Workshop during MWC19 in Barcelona

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity is hosting Future Technology Workshop focusing on technologies pertaining to 5G era and beyond in the backdrop of Mobile World Congress on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at University of Politecnica De Catalunya, Barcelona.Barcelona Feb 2019 Icon

This workshop was sponsored by IEEE Future Networks Initiative, and was aimed at bringing together researchers, scientists, technology experts, and stakeholders from the Industry, Governments and Academia to discuss Future Network technologies pertaining to 5G era systems, the opportunities and challenges that these pose for a broad spectrum of verticals e.g., smart cities, tactical and first responder missions, eHealth, connected cars, and infrastructure and ecosystem preparedness. This workshop served as a catalyst to:

  • investigate and identify requirements for mass scale deployment of 5G era systems and drive open industry ecosystems and standards addressing such requirements;
  • discuss future trends to identify new research areas for technologies to be developed or enhanced to support future extensions targeting next ten year timeframe.

The workshop had the expert talks and panel on the topics related to MIMO, applications and verticals, Edge Automation, Security, Cognitive Radio, Fronthaul,  Future Network Testbeds and Deployment considerations and much more. An Overview of the IEEE Futures Initiative was also presented.

Above, Raül Múñoz, from CTTC, presenting 5G-Transformer project at the
IEEE future network workshop.

The agenda of the event can be found here.

5G-TRANSFORMER presence in MWC2019

MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress) is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies, with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.

The event also features extensive learning opportunities from dozens of partner-led programmes, GSMA seminars, summits and more. Everything you need to know about the industry, today and beyond, can be found here.

With over 107,000 key decision-makers expected to attend, #MWC19 promises to expand your professional network and help you achieve your goals.

Event Theme

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ – the term we use to describe the powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. Intelligent connectivity marks the beginning of a new era defined by highly contextualised and personalised experiences, delivered when and where you want them. This is the future of our industry and our world.


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The 5G- TRANSFORMER will have demos in two booths:

  • NEC: Hall 3, booth 3M30:

5G – AI-based Overbooking of Network Slices

Experimental network slicing orchestration proof-of-concept:

-Novel design of hierarchical control plane to manage the orchestration of end-to-end network slices, including radio access, transport network, and distributed computing infrastructure;

-Modelling based on stochastic yield management theory to support slice overbooking;

-Practical admission control and resource allocation algorithms that exploit a recurrent neural network periodically trained for tenants demand inference.





  • CTTC: Hall 5 booth 13, CS20

5G-TRANSFORMER: Deploying a containerized ns-3/LENA-based LTE mobile Network Service through the 5G-TRANSFORMER platform

This demo presents an ongoing prototype implementation of the Service Orchestrator (SO) building block of the 5GTRANSFORMER (5GT) architecture. Within the 5GT-SO, we define the Service Manager (SM), which hosts the intelligence of the 5GT-SO and interacts with the other architectural blocks of the 5GT architecture through the defined APIs. The aim of defining the SM is to decouple the 5GT-SO implementation from the associated MANO platform (OSM in this case), allowing the interoperability with other MANO platforms, hence increasing the scope of the 5GT solution. In this demo, we will show how the current ongoing implementation of the 5GT-SO, using the SM, is able to automate the orchestration of both computing and networking resources to deploy a virtualized mobile network service based on ns-3/LENA network simulator/emulator in minutes over an emulated environment consisting of a multi-point of presence infrastructure connected by a custom transport network.


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5G-TRANSFORMER in the 5th OSM HackFest

ETSI’s Centre for Testing and Interoperability and the OSM community organized the 5th OSM Hackfest on 4-8 February 2019.

The event was hosted by CTTC in Castelldefels (Barcelona), and it was co-located with the OSM Mid-Release SIX meeting and a SonataNFV Hackfest, offering a great opportunity to share and learn with OSM developers and module leaders, and explore further opportunities for synergy and collaboration with 5G research activities. A full track was dedicated to research activities in the OSM Ecosystem.

On Wednesday afternoon, the 5G Day took place and there were many sessions led by different 5G-PPP projects.

Each presentation can be found in the following link and downloaded for further information about the session:

The 5G-TRANSFORMER presented in the 6th place:

5G Session 6 – OSM in 5G-TRANSFORMER, Josep Mangues(CTTC)

5G-TRANSFORMER addresses the transformation of today’s rigid mobile transport networks into an SDN/NFV-based 5G Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP) supporting the specific needs of vertical industries. Key technical components are (1) Network Slicing, and (2) the aggregation and federation of transport networking and computing fabric for dynamic deployment of multi-site network services. 5G- TRANSFORMER uses OSM as one of its MANO platforms inside the 5GT-Service Orchestrator to allow service providers to manage the life-cycle of 5G network services over a distributed and multi-tenant cloud infrastructure.

5G-TRANSFORMER presentation available for downloading here


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:

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).


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 (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!