Telenor Group to coordinate €20m European 5G project

05 July 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe


The Telenor Group is to coordinate the 5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure (5G-VINNI) project accelerating the uptake of 5G throughout Europe.

Europe 280 x 420The three-year pan-European research and innovation project is designed to ease uptake of 5G in Europe by providing an end-to-end facility that validates the performance of new 5G technologies, and explore solutions for vertical industries such as public safety, eHealth, shipping, transportation, media and entertainment and automotive.

“We are proud to be given the opportunity to coordinate the 5G-VINNI project and to explore valuable future solutions for the vertical industries,” said Patrick Waldemar, vice president of Telenor Research, who will manage the project for Telenor Group.

“Being one of three large-scale test platforms for Europe, 5G-VINNI will help propel the development of 5G. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to utilise and test the platform and we now call on industry players in Europe to engage with the project.”

The project will leverage the latest 5G technologies, including results from previous 5G PPP phases. This approach employs advanced network virtualisation, slicing, radio and core technologies. In addition, a rigorous automated testing campaign will be employed to validate 5G under various combinations of technologies and network loads.

5G-VINNI will be run at four main sites located in Norway, UK, Spain and Greece. In addition, experimental sites will be established in Germany and Portugal. Open APIs will be provided in order to ensure easy access to the 5G-VINNI facility.

Capacity Europe 2018The 5G facility in Norway will be run by Telenor Research, Telenor Norway and Telenor Satellite and hosted in two locations: one in Kongsberg, the first city where Telenor will pilot 5G in Norway, and another site in the greater Oslo area. Nokia will provide the virtualisation platform and end-to-end orchestration, Ericsson and Huawei will supply 5G radios and core, and Cisco will deliver a distributed internet of things (IoT) data fabric service.

Members of 5G-VINNI are: Telenor Group (Telenor Research, Telenor Norway and Telenor Satellite), British Telecom (UK), Telefonica (Spain), SES (Lux), Huawei (Norway and Germany), Ericsson (Norway), Nokia (Norway), Samsung (UK), Intracom (Greece), Keysight (Denmark), Cisco (Norway), Alticelabs (Portugal), Engineering (Italy), AUEB (Greece), UC2M (Spain), Simula (Norway), Uni.Patras (Greece), Fraunhofer FOKUS (Germany), EANTC (Germany), Limemicro (UK), SRS (IR), and Eurescom (Germany).

The project, which has a budget of €20 million, is financed by the EU’s Horizon2020 programme.