The consortium includes global vendors (Ericsson, InterDigital, NEC, Nokia,), operators (Altice, Telecom Italia, Telefonica), vertical industries (COMAU, EFACEC, INNOVALIA), SMEs (Mirantis, Nextworks, Telcaria), and research institutes and universities (CTTC, Instituto de Telecomunicações, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Politecnico di Torino University, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and University Carlos III of Madrid).

5Growth is part of H2020 5G-PPP, a joint initiative between the European Commission and European ICT industry which aims to deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the next generation of communication infrastructures of the coming decade.

The 5Growth vision is to empower vertical industries, such as Industry 4.0, Transportation, and Energy with an AI-driven automated and shareable 5G end-to-end solution that will allow them to simultaneously achieve their key business and performance targets. 5Growth will automate the process for supporting diverse industry verticals through:

  1. a vertical-oriented frontend providing a common entry point and interface and an advanced customer portal, in charge of interfacing verticals with the 5G end-to-end platforms, receiving their service requests and building the respective network slices,
  2. closed-loop automation and SLA control for vertical service lifecycle management,
  3. AI-driven end-to-end network solutions to jointly optimize resources provided across all the network and application segments (access, transport, core, cloud, edge and fog), and across multiple technologies and domains.

The main objective of 5Growth is the technical and business validation of 5G technologies from the verticals’ perspective, following a field-trial-based approach in vertical sites (TRL 6-7) to increase exploitation opportunities in products, services, and vertical markets, hence economy and society at large. Multiple use cases of vertical industries will be field-trialed in four vertical-owned sites in close collaboration with the vendors and the operators of the project. 5Growth will leverage on the results of 5G-PPP Phase 2 projects where slicing, virtualization and multi-domain solutions for the creation and provisioning of vertical services are being developed and validated with specific Proofs of Concept, e.g., 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-MONARCH.

Two ICT-17-2018 5G end-to-end platforms, 5G EVE and 5G-VINNI, will be integrated with the 5Growth platform in the trials to demonstrate the 5Growth specific vertical use cases.

In terms of impact towards standardization bodies (SDOs), apart from the impact on vertical-oriented standards (e.g., EN50126 (IEC62278) for railway signaling), the verticals in the consortium will also be offered an opportunity to influence ongoing 5G standardization by leveraging the involvement of leading experts in the various relevant SDOs, such as 3GPP, ETSI MEC, ETSI NFV, ETSI ENI, ITU-T FG ML5G/NET2030. Furthermore, 5Growth also inherits the open source spirit of 5G-TRANSFORMER and also plans to have an impact in this area.


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Project Coordinator:

Carlos J. Bernardos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Technical Manager:

Xi Li, NEC Laboratories Europe


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