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.

Leaflet: https://www.nec.com/en/event/mwc2019/leaflet/pdf_2019/Overbooking_Network_Slices.pdf

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  • 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: 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