Network Plenary Meeting in Pisa (Italy)

5G TRANSFORMER project organized its last network meeting in Pisa (Italy). The event took place from 8-10 April 2018 and brought together all the consortium to discuss about the activities carried out until now and beyond on the frame of the project.


March 17-23, 2018 the 101st IETF meeting took place in London. IETF is one of the key standards development organizations (SDOs) where 5G-TRANSFORMER is actively contributing.

During this meeting, different contributions were made from 5G-TRANSFORMER partners:

IEEE 5G Summit (Trento, Italy) – 6th March 2018

The last edition of 5G Summit took place in Trento, Italy, on March 6, 2018. It was the first time the event is organized in Italy. IEEE 5G Summits were organized by IEEE Communication Society within a strategic framework based on the principles that embrace Industry’s interests and priorities, while integrating IEEE and ComSoc’s objectives. In order to engage industry members with high value and innovative technologies, IEEE Communication Society planned to hold a series of high impact one day Summits in emerging technology areas (e.g., SDN/NFV, 5G, IoT, Big Data, and Cybersecurity). These one day summits provided a platform for the industry leaders, innovators, and researchers from the industry and academic community to collaborate and exchange ideas in this emerging technology that may help in driving the standards and rapid deployment.

Check here 5G Transformer presentations made there.


The 5G-TRANSFORMER project presents the future 5G mobile transport platform for verticals at MWC’18

  • The 5G-TRANSFORMER 5GPPP project defines an SDN/NFV-based architecture using network slicing, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and federation as key concepts to meet vertical industries’ (eHealth, automotive, industry 4.0 and media) requirements in 5G mobile networks.

  • 5G-TRANSFORMER is presented at MWC’18 in the booth of 5G IA (Hall7, Booth K17) and the booth of 4 project partners.

    Barcelona, February 26, 2018 ̶ 5G-TRANSFORMER presents its latest results on future 5G mobile transport networks at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The aim of the 5G-TRANSFORMER architecture is to apply SDN/NFV techniques to transform current rigid mobile transport networks into the 5G dynamic mobile transport network managing networking and computing resources tailored to the specific needs of vertical industries, such as eHealth, automotive, media, and industry 4.0. In addition to SDN/NFV, network slicing, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and federation concepts are seen as key enablers to allow such transformation. 5G-TRANSFORMER defines three main architectural building blocks, which are: the Vertical Slicer (VS), for supporting the creation and management of slices to verticals; the Service Orchestrator (SO), for end-to-end service orchestration and federation of resources from multiple domains, and the Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP), acting as the underlying fronthaul and backhaul transport network.

    5G-TRANSFORMER is well represented at MWC’18, since it is presented at the 5G IA booth (Hall 7, booth K17) and in the booths of several project partners, namely InterDigital (Hall 7, Booth C61), b<>com (Hall7, Booth H12), Mirantis (Hall 2, Meeting Room A39), and CTTC (CS20, Booth 34). A demonstration of the 5G-TRANSFORMER mobile transport platform inheriting 5G-Crosshaul concepts is presented at the CTTC booth. In particular, it is shown how, with open APIs, it is possible to dynamically create end-to-end network paths in the order of seconds, as opposed to today’s network operators´ practice, which is in the order of days.

    5G-TRANSFORMER ( is a H2020 5G-PPP phase-2 project, leveraging on the solutions developed in H2020 5G-PPP phase-1 projects, such as 5G-Crosshaul and 5GEx. 5G-TRANSFORMER is a 30-month research and innovation action and received EU funding of 7.9M€. It is carried out by a consortium of 18 partners, including vertical industries, manufacturers, network operators, service providers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), research centers and universities. The different skills and perspectives provided by the variety of partners ensure an effective design of such architecture for 5G mobile networks. Topics dealt with in the project cover directly or indirectly all eight core themes of MWC’18.

    For more information, please contact:

    Project Coordinator:

    Arturo Azcorra


    Technical Manager:

    Xavier Costa


    Project Web Page:

    Social media:

    Twitter and Instagram: @5g_transformer



Plenary meeting in Rennes

5G-Transformer partners met in Rennes between the 16th and 18th of January for a plenary meeting of the project. The meeting was kindly hosted by 5G-Transformer partner B-COM.

5G-Transformer meeting in Rennes – January 2018

5G-TRANSFORMER in tech-media

The work done by 5G-TRANSFORMER does not go unnoticed! The specialised media SDxCentral recently mentioned the project in one of their news pieces.  The article analyses the top 5G developments in 2017 and 5G-TRANSFORMER gets highlighted as one of the groups working on network slicing.

You can read the whole article here (From Trials to Use Cases – The Top 5G Developments in 2017 by Sue Marek).


5G-TRANSFORMER project has held the WWRF Workshop “Ready ’n’ Go–5G trials and testbeds” in Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

5G-TRANSFORMER co-organises the First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS)

Barcelona, April 15-18, 2018 @ First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS)

5G-TRANSFORMER co-organises the First Workshop on Control and management of Vertical slicing including the Edge and Fog Systems (COMPASS)


Paper Submission Deadline: November 2nd, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: December 15th, 2017
Camera-ready version: January 12, 2018


  • Architectures/Protocols/API specifications to allocate Verticals/networks on top of single and/or multi-domain mobile Transport networks
  • Business mechanisms and economic framework for network slicing
  • Scalable and secure MANO-based deployments models
  • Multi-domain service and resource federation
  • Network/Vertical service descriptors
  • Virtualization in multi-domain environments
  • Integration of network and IT resources
  • Vertical/network slice isolation (security threats and performance isolation)
  • inter-slice communication (security threats and control mechanisms)
    Virtualization/containerization of vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Monitoring of vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Flexible control/data plane splits and fronthaul splits
  • Runtime allocation of resources to vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Runtime placement of vertical/network functions/slices/microservices
  • Enforcement of orchestration policies for the interaction between services/microservices within a slice
  • Local breakout/MEC/fog/cloudlets
  • Experimentation and lessons learnt with orchestration frameworks (CORD, ONAP, Open-O, OSM, Cloudify, OpenBaton, Istio) in mobile transport networks
  • Experimental mobile transport testbeds including network and IT resources
  • Experimental Network/Vertical slice measurements
  • Coexistence and migration of legacy operational networks towards slice substrates
  • Standardization efforts on network slicing (ETSI, IETF, 3GPP, BBF, ONF, etc.)

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5G-TRANSFORMER Coordinator at Taipei 5G Summit

Arturo Azcorra, full professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Institute IMDEA Networks director and one of the leading European experts in the fifth generation of mobile communication networks (5G), had been invited by the 5G Office of the Ministry of Economy of Taiwan to participate in the 4th Taipei 5G Summit “The Power of New Radio & Edge Intelligence”.

Arturo Azcorra, 5G-TRANSFORMER coordinator, presented 5G-Crosshaul Architecture, a key element of the 5G architecture at a global level that has being developed in this European project and is the basis of two other European projects: 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL.

The guest speaker program places Dr. Azcorra with other world 5G communications experts such as Dr. Ali Sadri, Senior Director of Intel, Pearse O’Donohue, Acting Director of Future Networks at DG Connect and Luis Jorge Romero, Director of ETSI.

Arturo Azcorra has an important role in European decision-making bodies working on the design of advanced next generation communication systems. He is Chairman of the European Technology Platform NetWorld2020 Expert Group, Member of the Board and Member of the Vision Group within the Infrastructure Partnership 5G, Vice President of 5TONIC Lab and Director of IMDEA Networks. The Institute is an associate member of the 5G PPP, an association that Azcorra helped to found, having been a member of its board during its initial period (2013-2015).

The fourth edition of the Taipei 5G summit took place in Taiwan the 12th and 13th of September 2017, in conjunction with the 21st World Information Technology Congress (WCIT). The summit introduced the current global 5G status and the development on Edge Computing, by bringing in notable industry specialists to share their vision on Edge Intelligence and the roadmap to 5G. In addition to how edge computing and applications will be enhanced in the 5G era, there was a stimulating panel discussion on topics as Automotive applications, IIoT, 5G Access, and how 5G collaboration with European standard institutes can contribute to realizing Edge Intelligence.