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Keysight Joins European 5G Acceleration Project

09 August 2018
A new European Union project is designed to accelerate acceptance of 5G across Europe. Source: mohamed_hassan/CCO Creative Commons.

Keysight Technologies Inc., will lend its expertise and capabilities in network testing and measurement to a new European Union project designed to accelerate acceptance of 5G across Europe. The project, 5G Verticals Innovation Infrastructure (5G-VINNI), is comprised of 23 partners, including major telecom operators, industry vendors and academia.

The EU’s Horizon 2020 program is financing 5G-VINNI, a €20 million project that will be coordinated by international telecom operator Telenor Group. It will provide an end-to-end facility to validate the performance of new 5G technologies, along with exploring solutions for vertical industries such as public safety, electronic health, shipping, transportation, media and entertainment and automotive.

5G-VINNI is scheduled to run for three years, leveraging the latest 5G technologies and employing advanced network virtualization, slicing, radio and core technologies. A rigorous automated testing campaign to validate 5G under various combinations of technologies and network loads will also be employed.

The project’s objectives are to:

  • Design an advanced and accessible 5G end-to-end facility.
  • Build several interworking sites of the 5G-VINNI end-to-end facility.
  • Provide user friendly zero-touch orchestration, operations and management systems for the 5G-VINNI facility.
  • Validate the 5G KPIs and support the execution of exchange-to-exchange trial of vertical use cases to prove the 5G-VINNI capabilities.
  • Develop a viable business and ecosystem model to support the life of the 5G-VINNI facility during and beyond the span of the project.
  • Demonstrate the value of 5G solutions to the 5G community particularly to relevant standards and open source communities with a view to securing widespread adoption of these solutions.

Headquartered in numerous locations in the EU, the following are members of 5G-VINNI.

  • Denmark: Keysight Technologies
  • Finland: Nokia
  • Germany: EANTC; Eurescom; Fraunhofer FOKUS; Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf
  • Greece: AUEB; Intracom; Uni.Patras
  • Ireland: Software Radio Systems Ltd.
  • Italy: Engineering-Ingegneria Informatica
  • Luxembourg: SES Techcom
  • Norway: Cisco; Ericsson; Huawei Technologies Norway; Simula; Telenor Group (Telenor Research, Telenor Norway and Telenor Satellite)
  • Portugal: Altice Labs
  • Spain: Panepistimio Patron; Telefonica; UC2M
  • U.K.: British Telecom; Limemicro; Samsung
To contact the author of this article, email tony.pallone@ieeeglobalspec.com


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