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EC launches 5G PPP Phase 3 with three new projects

Escrito por Redacción TNI el 03/07/2018 a las 19:39:18

The 5G PPP is a major European research programme to create leadership in 5G technology. As part of Horizon 2020, this public-private-partnership is investing more than 4.2 billion Euro, including up to 700 million Euro public investment and at least 3.5 billion Euro private funding, into three phases of collaborative research. Phase 1 performed fundamental research for the fifth generation of network communications, while Phase 2 used those technologies for the digitisation and integration of vertical industries in Europe. Phase 3, which is just starting now, will address the development and rollout of a 5G platform across Europe. The 5G PPP is a good example of Europe’s commitment to invest in ICT research at the right time to lead the world in capturing the benefits of 5G for both European industry and society.

The three new 5G PPP projects were introduced in an EuCNC Special Session chaired by David Kennedy, the To-Euro-5G project coordinator, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The projects starting on 1 July 2018 – 5G EVE, 5G-VINNI and 5GENESIS – will address the challenge of H2020 EC 5G PPP ICT-17-2018: 5G End to End Facility. These three projects were selected on merit from 16 proposals received and will run for 3 years.

Bernard Barani, from DG CONNECT in the European Commission says: “The first phase 3 of 5G PPP call has been very successful. It will allow the PPP to put in place three large-scale structuring projects that will make available a pan-European large-scale 5G test platform for a multiplicity of vertical use cases, in support of the EU 5G vision and of the deployment objectives outlined in the 5G Action Plan. It is remarkable to have a large majority of the key European 5G actors participating in the setting up of such a platform.”

Barani continued to explain: “We expect this platform to be largely used to build the 5G case with vertical industries, and we very much encourage a multiplicity of industrial sectors to use it for validating 5G technology in the context of their specific use case and business model. This will pave the way towards the more extensive 5G deployment actions that the Commission intends to support under the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and notably through the second Connecting Europe Facility (CEF2) and Digital Europe Programme (DEP) which have been proposed by the Commission to catalyse take up of advanced digital technologies in multiple industrial sectors.”

Dr. Colin Willcock, Chairman of the Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association, congratulated the successful ICT-17 projects and, looking forward to the ICT-19 projects on 5G validation trials across multiple vertical industries, said 5G will only be a success if we get the vertical industry on board.