5G Essence

5G Essence

British APCO is delighted to be involved in the new European Commission funded Project 5G ESSENCE. This went live on 1st June 2017 and is of 30 months duration, concluding on 30th November 2019.


IEEE ICC 2019 workshop 5G-Trials - From 5G Experiments to Business Validation

 On 14 June 2018, 3GPP rolled out the standalone (SA) version of the 5G standard. 5G has now moved to the trial phase. In no later than two years from now, we expect to see first deployments of commercial 5G systems. While the 5G standard is in place, the challenge to bring the 5G into business remains huge. Particularly, 5G aims to natively support enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communication (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) services over the same infrastructure. This brings enormous opportunities for many vertical sectors, just to list a few, automobile, industry automation, media, and health, to expand and renew their business models. To allow the coexistence of services of such very different nature, 5G has systematically introduced innovations from spectrum access, air interface, system architecture, network function virtualization in radio and core network, end-to-end network slicing, security, privacy, to service orchestration etc. All new features and functions need to be thoroughly tested and optimized before the commercial rollout of 5G networks. It is essential to test 5G features in realistic environments, identifying and solving coverage, interoperability, compatibility and service provisioning problems, and to ensure that 5G can meet the requirements of the various vertical sectors. In particular support of vertical sector services will need new measurement and test methods. The deployment of densified 5G networks for multi-tenant services will need new network planning and network optimization methods. Due to the complexity of 5G systems, many practical and theoretical challenges will need to be verified and solved during 5G trials.

This workshop aims at providing a venue for industry, operators, verticals and academics to disseminate new findings regarding 5G trials and new business developments. The workshop accepts not only test results from trials, but also theoretical results based on realistic deployment schemes and new 5G business models. The targeted topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to: 

  • 5G trial development
  • Spectrum
  • Verticals and new services
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Network deployment and optimisation

Important dates

  • 15 January 2019:  Paper submission deadline 
  • 16 February 2019:  Paper acceptance notification 
  • 16 March 2019: Camera ready submitted

Paper submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical contributions for presentation at the workshop and publication in the IEEE ICC 2019 Proceedings and IEEE Xplore.  All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font) including figures without incurring additional page charges (maximum 1 additional page with over length page charge for an additional fee, if accepted) in the standard IEEE two-column conference format.

For more information on submission, please refer to http://icc2019.ieee-icc.org/authors/call-submissions


EuCNC 2019 - Enabling Smart Connectivity

EuCNC 2019 is the 28th edition of a successful series of technical conferences in the field of Telecommunications, sponsored by IEEE ComSoc and EURASIP, and financially supported by the European Commission.  This year’s motto is "Enabling Smart Connectivity".

It targets to bring together researchers from all over the world to present their latest research results, being one of the main venues for showcasing, demonstrating and trialing the results of research projects, especially from successive European R&D programmes.  It will be held in Valencia, Spain, from 18th to 21st June 2019.  All the information is available at http://www.eucnc.eu, and you can always consult our Twitter account (@EuCNC) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/eucnc) for updates.

EuCNC 2019 will be co-located with the Global 5G Event, which brings together the world 5G industrial associations: 5G-IA, IMT-2020, 5G-Forum, 5G-MF, 5G-Brasil and 5G-Americas.

 We invite submission of regular papers (to be submitted to IEEE Xplore) in 6 tracks on a wide range of topics in the following tracks:

--- PHY - Physical Layer and Fundamentals

--- RAS - Radio Access and Softwarisation

--- NET - Network Softwarisation

--- WOS - Wireless, Optical and Satellite Networks

--- VAP - Vertical Applications and Internet of Things

--- OPE - Operational & Experimental Insights

The key dates are:

  • 8 February 2019: Papers submission deadline
  • 15 April 2019: Notification of acceptance
  • 26 April 2019: Final paper submission 

Detailed information is available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-papers.

Who is involved in the 5G Essence Project?

The project is our first involvement in the Horizon 2020 programme and is 100% funded by the European Commission. The ‘kick-off’ meeting took place in Athens in July at the premises of the co-ordinator, the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation S.A. (OTE). Large compared to some of the recent projects with which British APCO has been involved, the 5G ESSENCE consortium consists of 21 members in the consortium from a number of European countries. The members are a mixture of public safety, commercial, NGO and research organisations. British APCO involvement consists of only 8 person-months and is concerned primarily with validation and demonstration work. 

So, what is 5G Essence about?

5G ESSENCE will examine Edge Cloud computing and Small Cell as a Service by fuelling the drivers and removing the barriers in the Small Cell market, which is forecast to grow significantly up to and beyond 2020 and to play a key role in the 5G ecosystem. It will provide a highly flexible and scalable platform, able to support new business models and revenue streams by creating a neutral host market and reducing operational costs by providing new opportunities for ownership, deployment, operation and amortisation.

The technical approach exploits the benefits of the centralisation of Small Cell functions as scale grows through an edge cloud environment based on a two-tier architecture: a first distributed tier for providing low latency services and a second centralised tier for providing high processing power for computing-intensive network applications. This allows decoupling the control and user planes of the Radio Access Network (RAN) and achieving the benefits of Cloud-RAN without the enormous front-haul latency restrictions. The use of end-to-end network slicing mechanisms will allow sharing the 5G ESSENCE infrastructure among multiple operators/vertical industries and customising its capabilities on a per-tenant basis. The versatility of the architecture is enhanced by high-performance virtualisation techniques for data isolation, latency reduction and resource efficiency, and by orchestrating lightweight virtual resources enabling efficient Virtualised Network Function placement and live migration.

The project will culminate in the demonstration of the system in three use cases: edge network acceleration in a crowded event, mission critical applications, and in-flight communications.

Regular updates will be provided on the website and in the BAPCO Journal.

Paul Hirst

5G Essence Project Manager