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.


5G TRANSFORMER in the EuMW2018

European Microwave Week 2018 | Ifema Feria De Matrid, Spain | 23-28 September 2018

European Microwave Week,being held from September 23 to 28, 2018 in Madrid, comes to Spain for the first time ever.

Bringing industry and academia together, European Microwave Week 2018 is a six-day event, including three cutting-edge conferences and an exciting trade and technology exhibition, featuring leading players from across the globe. EuMW 2018 provides access to the very latest products, research, and initiatives in the microwave sector. It also offers you the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with those driving the future of microwave technology.

5G TRANSFORMER is participating in the exhibition with the Cloud Robotics demo video at 5TONIC OPEN 5G LAB booth. Come and see us, we are in number 284!

New series of episodes of 5G Crosshaul: Integrated backhaul and fronthaul transport network

5G CROSSHAUL project has created a series of presentations and webinars in telecom community TelecomsRadar, relating 5G Coral. 5G Transformer and 5GEx projects.

The first episode, about the 5G CORAL project, consist of a webinar presented by Dr. Alain Mourad. Further info can be found on its website: www.5g-coral.eu

The second episode, “5GEx concepts and how they evolve together with 5G-Crosshaul into 5G-TRANSFORMER” links both 5G TRANSFORMER and 5GEx projects. Dr. Carlos J. Bernardos  from UC3M, explains 5GEX concepts and how they evolve with 5G-Crosshaul into 5G-TRANSFORMER project

There is another episode, consisting of a 5G TRANSFORMER-related presentation is called “Entry point of verticals to 5G systems: the 5G-TRANSFORMER vertical slicer”, by Dr. Thomas Deiß. The presentation describes an entry point to a 5G system, where verticals can define and instantiate their vertical services.

The rest of them can be attended/downloaded by registering in the following webpage, and you can now register to all episodes at once and be informed as to when new episodes are available:

Register to all episodes. More information is available on the 5G PPP initiative website, clicking here.  

A €50M EU sponsored 5G programme gives 5GTONIC a key role

It will be an approach for three projects -5G EVE, 5G-VINNI and 5GGENESIS- to improve the evolution of the vertical market uptake of 5G innvation

A vital role in three high-profile EU-sponsored 5G development projects has been awarded  to the 5TONIC 5G co-creation laboratory in Madrid, together with some of its member companies. The awards cement the laboratory’s position as one of Europe’s foremost 5G digital innovation centers.

The three projects are designed to help innovate and test 5G vertical market applications and services in the end-to-end environment that is a key feature of the 5TONIC facility. The projects will run for three years and were selected by the EU from a total of 16 proposals it received from facilities all over Europe.

The 5TONIC laboratory will be a center for the 5G EVE, 5G-VINNI and 5GENESIS projects, which form part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.  Together they comprise a three-part €50m initiative driven by the Commission’s 5G PPP organisation, and will also attract an investment commitment by the ICT industry of several times that amount.

The three chosen projects are:

The 5TONIC facility was co-founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks Institute. Both of the co-founders will be closely involved with the new projects, working alongside other 5TONIC member companies including Ericsson and UC3M. Telefónica is the only European Telco that is participating in all three EU projects. Ericsson is also involved in all three, while UC3M is the only European university that is taking part in two of the three projects.

Link to original article: https://www.5tonic.org/news/5tonic-laboratory-awarded-key-roles-%E2%82%AC50m-eu-sponsored-5g-programme

5G-TRANSFORMER 4th Plenary Meeting

A new consortium plenary meeting of 5G-TRANSFORMER has taken place in NOKIA facilities in Berlin (Germany), during dates 10th-12th July 2018.  Discussion of relevant topics for 5G-TRANSFORMER and its members as well as the ongoing work of the 5G-TRANSFORMER work packages.

During the meeting the advances in the developments of the pilots related to each Use Case of the project, based on technologies related to:

  • Media
  • eHealth
  • Automotive
  • M(V) NO
  • Cloud robotics

To know more, check the 5G-TRANSFORMER videos that describe in deep the technical objectives of this H2020 Project available on our YouTube  channel:


Edge Robotics

Factory work with remotely’controled robots is already a reality which will progresively change and facilitate this kind of work as we now know it. All this, thanks to 5G.

This following demo shown below represents on a video  the value chain generated by an Edge Robotics vertical that provides its services to a Manufacturer vertical. All the process is accomplished using a slice of the network provided by the operator that includes Edge devices. By means of virtualization technologies the Operator supplies networking and computing capabilities at the edge of the network. As it is seen, everything is remote and secure.

The following document is a visual schematic that explains the process.

Edge Assisted Robotics Trial

This work has been performed by UC3M and IMDEA Networks researchers collaborating in the projects 5G-CORAL(Grant 761585), 5G-TRANSFORMER (Grant 761536) and 5GEx (Grant 671636). All of these projects are under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The video was shot at the 5G innovation lab 5TONIC (headquartered at IMDEA Networks) where the three projects have regularly performed tests, experiments and demonstrations of the 5G technologies under their study.

IEEE 5G Summit in Tanger

Last 20th June, Dr. Xavier Costa, head of 5G Networks R&D, NEC Europe, attended IEEE 5G Summit in Tanger. His talk involving the 5G Transformer Project was called “5G Networks for Industry Verticals”. Further information about the event can be found here.

Xavier Costa-Pérez is Head of 5G Networks R&D and Deputy General Manager of the Security & Networking R&D Division at NEC Laboratories Europe. His team contributes to products roadmap evolution as well as to European Commission R&D collaborative projects and received several awards for successful technology transfers. In addition, the team contributes to related standardization bodies: 3GPP, ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, IETF and OPNFV. Xavier is a 5GPPP Technology Board member and the Technical Manager of the 5G-Transformer project. He has served on the Program Committees of several conferences (including IEEE Greencom, WCNC, and INFOCOM), published at top research venues and holds several patents.  More information can be found on his webpage.