New European Project Targets 5G Acceptance
Thursday, July 19, 2018 | Comments

A new European (EU) project — 5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure (5G-VINNI) — aims to accelerate the acceptance of 5G across Europe. The new project is comprised of 23 partners including major telecom operators, industry vendors and academia.

Keysight Technologies said it is the only test and measurement company to place a role.

5G-VINNI is a pan-European research and innovation project financed by the EU's Horizon 2020 program. The project facilitates uptake of 5G in Europe by providing an end-to-end facility that validates the performance of new 5G technologies and explores solutions for vertical industries such as public safety, eHealth, shipping, transportation, media and entertainment and automotive.

The €20 million (US$23.2 million) project will be coordinated by Telenor Group, the international telecom operator headquartered in Norway. The project, scheduled to run for three years, will leverage the latest 5G technologies including advanced network virtualization, 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, United Kingdom, Spain and Greece. In addition, experimental sites will be established in Germany and Portugal. Open application programming interfaces (APIs) will be provided to ensure easy access to the 5G-VINNI facility.

Keysight will contribute its expertise and capabilities in network test and measurement to the project, which are essential in deploying 5G networks and services. The company's solutions will be used in trials to deploy prototype technologies. The project will also benefit from Keysight's contributions in the form of test case development that will run on the test networks.

“We are looking forward to contributing our 5G expertise and technology to another 5G project in support of 5G deployment across Europe,” said Daniel Thomasson, vice president of Keysight Laboratories, the central applied research laboratory of Keysight Technologies. “5G-VINNI's selection of Keysight as a project member is testament to our long-standing close collaborations with 5G market leaders.”

Additional members of 5G-VINNI are British Telecom, Telefonica, SES, Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Intracom, Cisco, Altice Labs, Engineering, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Simula Research Library, the University of Patras, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), EANTC, Lime Micro, SRS and Eurescom.

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