(IMDEA Networks Institute) Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks, professor at UC3M (Carlos III University of Madrid) and vice-president of 5TONIC emphasized the importance of supporting research in Spain, at the country's 34th Meeting of the Digital Economy and Telecommunications
IMDEA Networks Institute (Madrid, Spain) and NEC Laboratories Europe (Heidelberg, Germany) announce the launch of a Joint Research Unit (JRU) in 5G technologies.The JRU will foster multidisciplinary joint team work in 5G research and development projects.Located at IMDEA Networks' headquarters in Madrid, the private-public alliance "NEC - IMDEA Networks Joint Research Unit in 5G technologies" establishes an operational framework for close collaboration amongst a highly specialized team in a variety of scientific activities.The JRU team will share a wealth of know-how and capabilities to jointly deliver 5G solutions, architectures, technologies and standards.Work led by experienced scientists Roberto González Sánchez and Andrés García Saavedra, both senior researchers from NEC Laboratories Europe, together with Arturo Azcorra, Joerg Widmer and Albert Banchs, from IMDEA Networks, will focus on key 5G and beyond enablers such as the usage of Artificial Intelligence technologies to improve the performance and usability of the 5G networks or the generation and study of new Internet services.It includes joint participation in R programs and projects, selection and training of personnel, development of platforms, applications, services and software tools, exploration and technological evaluation, technology transfer activities and enhancement of R through internal and external programs, and research dissemination activities.
5TONIC, the open research and innovation laboratory focusing on 5G technologies, takes part today in the 'Passenger Global Forum', organized by the UIC (the Worldwide Railway Organisation) and hosted by RENFE (the National Network of Spanish Railways).5TONIC has been invited by the Spanish government to provide an overview of the potential applications of 5G to the railway sector.To this end, Arturo Azcorra, IMDEA Networks Director and 5TONIC Vice-President, will give a keynote speech entitled "The 5G Revolution and its impact on the Railway Sector".During the event, 5TONIC's VP will present various use cases and ideas about the upcoming transition to a "Railway Industry 4.0" with the incorporation of 5G technologies.5G is a transversal technology that will have a direct impact in many different industries, in very different ways.Railways are not the exception, especially considering the increasing railway transportation demand in many countries, which will require ultra-fast and high-quality communications, the management of complex data operations, such as predictive maintenance, signalling and control of trains, as well as high capacity communications to handle passenger density.
Founded in 2016, UTEK specialises in developing high-performance, high reliability, unmanned surface vessels for maritime and naval applications.Its unmanned vessels, known as USVs, are currently developed for environmental, commercial, and military training applications.Working alongside 5TONIC member companies Telefónica, Ericsson, IMDEA Networks and University Carlos III Madrid, UTEK will test the use of the 5G radio for the remote control of its USVs.The high bandwidth potential of 5G radio may help both to allow the evolution of USVs to incorporate new sensors that require a higher bit rate, as well as extend the capabilities of current and potential applications.5TONIC and UTEK will also consider whether the use of processing capacity at the edge of the network could be a means of enabling new, very low latency, marine applications."We are very happy to collaborate with a new company like UTEK in order to help them develop and launch new and competitive solutions for USVs using 5G technology," said Arturo Azcorra, 5TONIC vice-chairman.
An innovative new Spanish technology start-up company, Celling 5G, has become the latest collaborator to join the 5TONIC co-creation laboratory in Madrid.The company will immediately begin a new research project to test their break-thru solution for small cell deployment in cooperation with several other 5TONIC members.Celling 5G's solution is designed to overcome some of the problems that have so far held back the widespread deployment of outdoor small cells.Outdoor small cells are generally targeted for deployment in urban locations using existing street furniture - such as lampposts and or bus stop canopies - but the take up has been slow and proven to be logistically difficult.5TONIC members Telefónica, Ericsson, CommScope, IMDEA Networks, and UC3M will all collaborate in a joint proof of concept project with Celling 5G, in order to test the solution proposed and help further in the development of any equipment required to support the initiative.The project will see the deployment of a small cell within the 5TONIC lab that will be supported by Celling 5G's technology in order to carry out feasibility testing and a performance assessment of the solution, prior to any submission to a 5G standards testing authority.
Saguna Networks was founded in 2009 in Israel, with the objective of helping mobile operators monetize, optimize and accelerate their networks with Multi-access Edge Cloud Computing (MEC) solutions.Under the terms of the cooperation agreement, Saguna is providing their vEdge MEC platform, which enables control of AVGs (Automated Guided Vehicles) to operate in the access network as a MEC application and benefit from the ultra reliable low latency communication (URLLC) environment.Fully compliant with the ETSI MEC standard and 3GPP 5G specifications, this Saguna vEdge simplifies and accelerates development of the edge-cloud platform and edge applications lifecycle; from development and integration, to deployment, management and automation.Saguna is cooperating with 5TONIC members Ericsson, CommScope, and Intel, as well as 5TONIC collaborator ASTI Mobile Robotics, in the implementation of a series of tests demonstrating the use of 5G technology to drive AGVs around large factories."We are confident that MEC technology will help to deliver potential 5G use cases that require very low latency and high reliability," said Arturo Azcorra, 5TONIC vice-chairman and IMDEA Networks director."In this sense, Saguna is an ideal partner to assess different applications that we are exploring, due to the maturity of their technology and their commitment to align their solutions to the standards being defined by ETSI and 3GPP."
The 5G-Crosshaul consortium was selected in 2015 to develop a 5G transport network that would integrate backhaul and fronthaul, two typical segments of the 4G telecommunications networks.On the fifth generation of communication networks that is expected to replace 4G around 2020, these two segments merge into what is known as crosshaul to enable a flexible and software-defined reconfiguration of all networking elements in a multi-tenant, service-oriented and unified management environment.The transport network now presented flexibly interconnects distributed 5G radio access and core network functions hosted on in-network cloud nodes.This configuration is achieved through the implementation of a control infrastructure coupled with a unified data plane, encompassing innovative high-capacity transmission technologies as well as novel deterministic-latency switch architectures."The data plane is like a muscle, while the control infrastructure would be like a brain.Thanks to their integration we can move a huge amount of data in a very short time, and we can do it by controlling how long it takes to perform this process," explains one of the researchers.
Two more companies have joined the specialist 5G mobile research and innovation laboratory in Spain called 5TONIC.Altran and Red Hat are the latest companies to become members of the 5TONIC initiative joining existing companies such as Telefónica, Intel and Ericsson.Hosted by its co-founder - research organisation IMDEA Networks Institute - on its campus in Madrid, and chaired by Telefónica, the 5TONIC laboratory has been designed to provide a vehicle for member companies to "co-create" and test breakthrough 5G services and solutions - focused on collaborating with other industries.Welcoming the two new member companies, Director of IMDEA Networks and 5TONIC VP, Arturo Azcorra said: "We started the 5TONIC initiative because we felt the opportunities created by 5G touched on so many industries and were far greater than any one company could address.Within our facility, and in their work outside the laboratory, our member companies can come together to co-create innovative solutions and also work in collaboration with companies from vertical markets," he explained."Sectors such as healthcare, emergency services, manufacturing, and tourism have all been pilot projects, and I am sure that both Altran and Red Hat are going to make valuable contributions to our ongoing work and to the development of new projects," he added.
Telefonica and 5TONIC Labs have successfully trialled new modulation technology that improves the efficiency of 5G transmissions, delivering coverage and capacity at the fraction of the cost of fibre, paving the way for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband.FWA broadband is expected to be one of the first widespread use cases for 5G, using the increased capacity and speeds to deliver superfast broadband to areas not connected by terrestrial networks, such as rural locations.“The objectives of the tests were to show the spectral efficiency based on measured throughput, and evaluate coverage, the role of interference, peak data rates, linear scaling with MIMO order, real time processing, and the ability to scale,” said said Arturo Azcorra, vice-chairman of 5TONIC.“These are key performance indicators required for a successful deployment of Fixed Wireless Access service.”The partners trialled the use of Cohere Technologies’ 5G turboConnect FWA technology over three days and achieved a throughput of 300Mbps in 10MHz.The tests also showed the capacity of the modulation tech to scale linearly with antenna layers and channel bandwidth, boosting the versatility of next generation networks.
Advertisers track users when they are online by shadowing them as they browse websites, perform web searches or watch movies.The TYPES project 'protects individuals' privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes,' says Rosa Araujo, from Eurecat (Barcelona, Spain), project coordinator for the EU-funded initiative.Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks Institute (Madrid, Spain),one of ten consortium members that have collaborated in the project, says about the results achieved, 'TYPES has created solutions that protect user's privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes.The Web Browser Plug-In (available as corporate and open-source versions) and Network Proxy tools concern privacy violation detection and safeguarding.Araujo explains that they allow users to 'know what information is being collected and tracked by websites and advertisers, among others.'Data valuation tools estimate the value that the online advertising market or users associate with different data which is mostly unknown and particularly difficult to assess.
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and Ericsson have launched a Master's in NFV and SDN technologies for 5G networks with the collaboration of IMDEA Networks This program, which will be taught at the UC3M Madrid-Puerta de Toledo campus and the Ericsson Auditorium in Madrid, is the product of a long-standing collaboration between both entities in the area of education and research.Ericsson and UC3M have identified 5G and related technologies such as NFV and SDN as areas of great potential for the development of talent in Spain because of their importance in the digitalization of industry, and because they will be the technologies that respond to the growing volume of data traffic, expected to increase 40% per year from 2017 to 2023.5G technology is growing in importance, and it is estimated that in just five years, it will have billions of subscriptions covering 20% of the world's population.In addition, studies by Ericsson indicate that 5G will be profitable for Spain, generating a market of 23.3 billion euros in 2026 from the application of this technology to the digitalization of industry.Twenty-five percent of the class hours will be held at the IMDEA Networks laboratory as part of 5TONIC, the top European testbed for 5G technologies that also counts with Ericsson, UC3M and Telefonica amongst its members.Grants for the program will be offered so that recent graduates with excellent academic records can choose to study while doing their internships at Ericsson España.
Software-defined networks and the virtualization of network functions, two of the most revolutionary technologies in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector, along with cloud computing, are at the heart of a new scientific research project that aims to achieve high performance and dynamic traffic processing in 5G networks.IMDEA Networks, a Madrid-based research institute, and TELCARIA, an SME in the ICT innovation sector, are launching an innovative project that seeks to harness the enormous transformative potential of the network architecture currently enabled by the virtualization of network functions (NFV - Network Functions Virtualization) to the potential of networks defined by software (SDN - Software Defined Networking).Both technologies have matured greatly in the last decade and are set to play a leading role in future 5G networks."5G networks are nothing less than a complete redesign of current communications technology, providing us with a fusion of the network with computer systems", states Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks.If they are to be able to meet the demands of 5G, the networks of the future face great challenges such as the exponential growth in the flow of data flow and the number of connected devices and terminals, as well as the need to drastically reduce latency and operating costs, whilst delivering high reliability and security."The development of new dynamic mechanisms will allow the processing to be implemented wherever and whenever it is needed, in a scalable way and also independent of the different types of underlying hardware, which will also be almost always heterogeneous, since it can consist of commercial or proprietary products.
While widespread deployment of wireless 5G technology is still a few years off, there is much to be done behind the scenes to ensure mobile networks and operators are ready for the change.In support of its members, 5TONIC, an open research and innovation laboratory, is demonstrating use cases for next generation wireless technologies such as smart factory applications."5TONIC sees 2018 as a time for our members to focus on tangible results toward 5G," said Arturo Azcorra, vice-chairman of 5TONIC and IMDEA Networks director."Our innovation lab is a central hub for knowledge sharing, industry collaboration, and the development of future products and services.For example, we are already seeing the tangible benefits of cell virtualization, which dramatically improves spectrum efficiency and is now being considered for potential inclusion in 5G standards."OneCell forms a single "super cell" indoors and eliminates handovers and border interference across large areas, creating a high performing LTE experience for end-users.
With current wireless data networks in the "fourth generation" or 4G, key players in the ICT sector are already paving the way for 5G wireless data networks and beyond technologies.At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week we are witnessing examples of how current investment into this next generation networks has spread across research initiatives worldwide.The 5G innovation laboratory 5TONIC (Madrid, Spain) is the first open co-creation testbed that was set up in Europe, back in 2015, to enable an international array of companies, universities and research institutions to test, demo, trial and prototype advanced wireless network systems on the basis of open and flexible research collaboration.At MWC 2018, wireless research and development company InterDigital (United States), an early member of the 5TONIC testbed, has organized various activities, from demonstrations to interviews and panels, showcasing this collaborative approach to the 5G challenge."The promise of 5G networks to give us access to almost unlimited communications, data and computation services in real time, poses an enormous technological challenge as its impact will be felt across the board, well beyond the ICT sector.It is necessary to work on multiple spheres and new directions, and collaboration is key to solve problems that are more complex than any one team or organization can handle", has stated Arturo Azcorra, Director of IMDEA Networks, Professor at University Carlos III of Madrid and Vice-president of 5TONIC.
"The combination of advances in 5G networks will transform today's reality into a 'connected reality', in which all objects and persons will be interconnected.5G networks will connect over six billion people, which includes all of the world's inhabitants, and an additional 1,000 objects for each person," states Arturo Azcorra, a Full Professor at UC3M's Telematics Engineering Department and the Director of IMDEA Networks Institute.At MWC 2018 he is presenting some of the advances achieved within the framework of 5G-Coral, 5G-Crosshaul, 5G-Transformer, three European research projects within the Horizon2020 program, coordinated at UC3M.Azcorra will speak about them at the Mobile World Capital Barcelona on February 28.The researchers of 5G-MoNArch, whose technical director, Albert Banchs, is a Professor in the UC3M department of Telematics Engineering and Deputy Director of IMDEA Networks, will give a multimedia presentation on this technology's potential.For that purpose, they have already defined a 5G network architecture to make efficient use of so-called 'network slicing' techniques, which enable diverse operators to provide different types of service (mobile telephony, augmented reality, sensor networks, live 4K videos, autonomous driving) over the same infrastructure.
Rohde & Schwarz, one of the world's leading manufacturers of information and communications technology products for professional users, has become a new Collaborator of 5TONIC, the leading Open 5G lab founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks.The Collaboration agreement signed contemplates the cooperation between both parties in two main areas: training activities, with the joint preparation of seminars on 5G technologies, participation in academic activities promoted by 5TONIC and other dissemination activities; and availability in special conditions of R testing equipment for 5G trials, either by loan or via leasing.As a first outcome of this Collaboration agreement, Rohde & Schwarz will participate in the 5G Master being offered in 2018 by the University Carlos III of Madrid in cooperation with 5TONIC."We are very happy to have signed this Collaboration agreement with Rohde & Schwarz, that will allow us improving the evaluation of the 5G trials we are engaged in, thanks to the use of their superb testing and measurement technology," indicated Arturo Azcorra, 5TONIC vice Chairman and IMDEA Networks director."Rohde & Schwarz is very pleased to become a key technology partner and collaborate with 5TONIC for the 5G trials they are conducting", said David Gonzalo, Test & Measurement Manager, Rohde & Schwarz Spain."Rohde & Schwarz, a world leader in all areas of RF and microwave test and measurement equipment and massively involved in mobile radio since the first generation, is committed to supporting the wireless communications industry with the solutions needed to investigate, develop and standardize 5G"
The new generation of 5G mobile networks is the future of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector - a true technological revolution that will deliver the Internet of Things and is being driven by R+i initiatives like '5TONIC', Spain's leading 5G innovation laboratory.At the 4th Mobility Forum of RedIRIS (the Spanish academic and research network), Professor Arturo Azcorra, Vice President of 5TONIC, recently presented the work of 5TONIC.The laboratory promotes technological development as well as the early implementation and penetration of 5G communications in the productive environment.5G is recognized internationally as an engine of economic development and competitiveness.The conference looked beyond wireless networks to all the technologies that enable users to carry out their academic work in an increasingly mobile environment.Azcorra argued that the ultrafast mobile broadband technology of 5G promises the most profound development in communications this decade.
University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) participates in the seventeenth edition of the Madrid Science Week with more than thirty activities (all free-of-charge) that will offer a first-hand knowledge of the Institution's R+i program.IMDEA Networks is collaborating with UC3M in the staging of a multimedia, theatrical and informative show that explores the effects of 5G technology in our everyday lives.The show will held on November 7th in the Auditorium of the UC3M.This educational show, entitled "5G on stage: this technology will change your life (and you don't know it yet)", will combine dance, music, theater and audiovisual elements to explain how 5G technology will influence our lives and everydayness in the years to come.Hyperconnectivity, the Internet of Things, drones ... how does technology affect the way we live and relate to the environment and those around us?We will be presented with an example: that of a couple in 2017, when falling in love; and in 2027, about to have a child, when 5G technology is fully implemented.
Professor Arturo Azcorra, IMDEA Networks' director and one of the top European experts on the fifth generation of mobile communication networks (5G), participated as an invited speaker in the 4th Taipei 5G Summit, «The Power of New Radio & Edge Intelligence» under the invitation of the 5G office of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.The Taipei summit has provided important clues about the future of 5G network technology as the driving force behind an unprecedented transformation in the world of business and communications.Joining this international effort to promote public awareness of 5G and its potential to generate new and improved applications, Arturo Azcorra has chosen to present the "5G Crosshaul Architecture", a key element of the overall 5G architecture that is currently being developed by the European project 5G-CROSSHAUL and which is also the basis for the EU projects 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL.The Taipei 5G Summit 2017 has introduced the current global status on the development of 5G technologies and Edge Computing, by bringing in leading telecom operators, IoT experts, major equipment suppliers and leading chipset manufacturers, to share their vision on Edge Intelligence and the roadmap to 5G.The lineup of invited speakers therefore has brought Dr. Azcorra on a par with other renowned global experts in 5G communications, such as Mr. Serge Willenegger, Senior Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Dr. Joakim Sorelius, Head of 5G Architecture at Ericsson, Dr. Ali Sadri, Senior Director at Intel, Mr. Pearse O'donohue, Area Director of Future Networks at DG Connect (European Commission) and Mr. Luis Jorge Romero, Director General at ETSI.Supermicro, ADLINK, JIO, Sercomm, Keysight Technologies Inc., Nokia, the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Bell Mobility - Canada, Relay 2, KDDI Research Inc., ICL-ITRI and the IEEE 5G initiative were the rest of institutions represented in the impressive list of invited speakers.