Technical interim review @M18 closed successfully

At the end of May 2017, the technical review of the project in its intermediate phase performed by EU authorities took place at 5TONIC, Madrid. 5TONIC is part of the 5GEx sandbox, a distributed testbed composed of 14 sites — including those of 4 European operators — that is used by the 5GEx project to validate the solutions developed and assess their performance. During the review, 5GEx researchers presented their contributions on multi-domain and multi- provider orchestration of resources and services, including their latest contributions to the main standard development organizations (SDOs): ETSI NFV, IETF/IRTF, 3GPP and ONF.


One of the key outcomes of the project so far is the reference implementation of some of the features of the 5GEx architecture. Using this implementation, different demos were showcased. One of them showed the benefits of moving the intelligence required to operate a couple of robots to a cloud infrastructure running at the edge of the network. This provides a flexibility key for the so-called Industry 4.0: the industry of the future.


5GEx project triggered a new Open Multi-Access Edge Cloud (OMEC) task group set-up to work on multi-provider enablement

IEEE held an Open Multi-Access Edge Cloud (OMEC) roadmapping workshop in Lisbon on 8-9 May 2017, co-located with the IEEE IM conference.

OMEC is an industry alignment forum which aims to define “An open reference architecture for a cloud platform that uses compute, storage and network (e.g. fixed and mobile) services distributed across the multi-access edge, (including user equipment/devices) for support of QoE and locality relevant applications. It includes a framework for real-time control, orchestration, policy and management functions for dynamic allocation and management of these resources and the enabled services.”

The 5GEx project, including value propositions and key features, was presented at this event. As a result, the OMEC group decided to set up a task group to work on OMEC’s multi-provider enablement.

IEEE’s meeting report is available here.

1st 5G-Ex Workshop, Madrid, Spain – May 31st, 2017

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The 5GEx project is organizing a half-day workshop, in collaboration and co-located with the Network Virtualization Europe 2017 event (Meliá Avenida América, Madrid, Spain – May 31st, 2017)

Workshop Title: Multi-Provider NFV: Towards a Coopetitive Service Ecosystem – The 5G Exchange Approach

Workshop description

The workshop aims to present the advances towards the orchestration of NFV-based services for multi-provider environments. The proposed picture will come from operators and industrial actors, sharing experiences, faced challenges and forward-looking visions, including the progress of the 5GEx project. The workshop will be structured in three main blocks, covering (1) needs and motivation, (2) technologies and solutions, and (3) evolution towards the new ecosystem. The presentations will be complemented by some demonstrations of prototypes for multi-domain orchestration.

More info here

Presentation of 5G-Exchange to Telefónica Business Solutions

Luis M. Contreras from Telefónica I+D and WP2 leader of 5GE-Exchange presented on April 28th to Telefónica Business Solutions (TBS) the scope, progress and outcomes of the 5GEx project in the TBS innovation event named DECIDE that included other presentations internal to TBS and external from vendors, with a total audience of around 60 people from different areas of TBS. This event provides and overview on the next technological steps for the evolution of the company and the prevalence in the market.

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Telefonica Business Solutions is the Telefónica company providing of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market (Large Enterprise, SME, Multinational Corporations, Wholesale). Business Solutions develops an integrated, innovative and competitive portfolio for the B2B segment including digital solutions (m2m, Cloud, Security, e-Health or Digital Marketing) and telecommunication services (international voice, IP, bandwidth capacity, satellite services, mobility, integrated fixed, mobile, IT services and global solutions). Telefonica Business Solutions is a multicultural organization, working in over 40 countries and with service reach in over 170 countries.

As a conclusion of the presentation TBS will follow up the results of the experiments and demonstrations to be performed in the context of the project to assess realistic business cases around them.



5GEX presence at IFIP / IEEE IM 2017 – primary conference on Network and Service Management

IFIP / IEEE IM 2017 – primary conference on Network and Service Management ( 8-12 May 2017; Lisbon; dedicated to Integrated Management in the Cloud and 5G Era.

“Programmability, Softwarization and Management in 5G networking” Alex Galis – Keynote presentation at 2nd IFIP / IEEE Workshop on Management of 5G Networks (IEEE 5GMan 2017 – covered the 5G Network Management challenges including the E2E Network Operating Systems Facilities, Network Slicing Management,Cognitive Network Management with specific reference to multi-domain orchestration results developed in the 5GEX project.

“Towards 5G Slice Networking – Key Issues and Challenges” Alex Galis – presentation at the IM2017 panel “Challenges and Issues for 5G End-to-End Slicing and its Orchestration” (; It covers: Slices – Background and Context; Initial Implementation Models; 20 Key Challenges; Summary & Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgement to multi-domain orchestration results developed in the 5GEX project.

Presence at Global Future Network Development Summit

Global Future Network Development Summit (17-18 April 2017 Nanjing; http:/ dedicated to the 5G development trends and construction of experiment facilities for future network and experiment application prospects.

“Network Programmability – Key Challenges in Realising 5G Architecture” Alex Galis – invited presentation covered the recent challenges, design, development networked systems and components in 5G architecture, E2E management and orchestration utilising the concepts of network programmability, softwarization and network slicing with specific reference to multi-domain orchestration results developed in the 5GEX project.

5GEx demo on OFC 2017, Los Angeles

A 5GEx delegation showed an integrated demo of two project experiments at OFC 2017 in Los Angeles. OFC was a great event with over 15,000 attendees and this demo gave a good visibility to our project. Among 18 stands at the Data Center Summit of OFC, the balancing robot experiment combined with the foundation experiment setup was very appealing: the demo showcased in particular the value that 5G Exchange offers to Vertical Industries 4.0 customers. Many attendees were interested in both our activities and our approach, asking questions and discussing our architecture and interface choices for multi-operator multi- domain service creation.