5G European Validation platform for Extensive trials
(7/2018 – 6/2021)

Aim: The development of a 5G European Validation platform for Extensive trials

OTE participates in the 5G-EVE European research project (www.5g-eve.eu), at the “eve” of a fundamental transition in 5G, with the aspiration to create the foundations for a pervasive roll-out of end-to-end 5G networks in Europe.

5G-EVE will provide vertical industries and all 5GPPP Phase 3 projects with facilities to validate their network KPIs and their services; thus creating synergies between a significant number of facilities that will ensure sustainability and impact in terms of exploitation. Important representatives of these vertical industries are directly involved to influence the design of the end-to-end 5G services, and to provide an early assessment. The 5G-EVE end-to-end facility consists of the interconnection of four 5G-site-facilities (France, Spain, Italy, Greece), selected because of their considerable previous work with vertical industries and standardisation bodies, on top of their 5G technology competences.

More specifically:

The 5G-EVE facility will enable experiments with: (a) heterogeneous access, including NR, licensed/unlicensed spectrum, advanced spectrum management; (b) Mobile Edge Computing, backhaul, core/service technologies; (c) means for site-interworking and multi-site/domain/technology slicing/orchestration. Industrial verticals will be facilitated in the specification/analysis of experiments through: (a) intent-based, and other high-level, interfaces; (b) means for advanced 5G testing, i.e., for KPI analysis, technology benchmarking, performance diagnosis. A VNF pool will be developed and made available. 5G-EVE will impact standards, and has the potential and strategy for ensuring the sustainability of the facility beyond the project lifetime, therefore becoming a cornerstone of the 5G PPP programme and beyond.

In the context of the project, OTE participates in the design of the 5G-EVE architecture, and focuses on the implementation, pilot execution, and validation related activities. OTE also contributes to the design and implementation of interworking, multi-x slicing, and orchestration, as well as the testing methodologies and tools. Additionally, the company contributes to the dissemination and exploitation of the project results.

The project is co-funded by the EU through the Horizon 2020 Programme, within the scope of the 5G-PPP phase 3 framework and is scheduled to run for 3 years (7/2018-6/2021). 5G-ΕVE is being implemented by 28 partners from 7 countries (Greece, Italy, France, Romania, Poland, Spain, Germany).

Overall 5G-EVE concept figure