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5G Programmable Infrastructure Converging disaggregated network and compUte Resources
(6/2017 – 12/2019)

Aim: The design and development of a next generation converged infrastructure to support operational and end-user services for both ICT and “vertical” industries

COSMOTE participates in the European research project 5G-PICTURE ( which will design and develop an integrated, scalable and open 5G infrastructure that will rely on a converged fronthaul and backhaul solution, integrating a variety of advanced wireless access and novel optical network domains. To address the limitations of current solutions, 5G-PICTURE will adopt the novel concept of Disaggregated-Radio Access Networks (DA-RANs), allowing any service to flexibly mix-and-match and use compute, storage and network resources through h/w programmability.

The project objectives include:

  • Design and prototype an open 5G infrastructure capable of instantiating and co-hosting different vertical sectors
  • Design and develop an integrated, scalable and open 5G infrastructure adopting the novel concept of DA-RAN
  • Rely on network softwarisation to enable an open reference platform instantiating a variety of network functions over a unified operating platform, and adopt slicing and service chaining to facilitate optimised multi-tenant operational models
  • Develop infrastructure components, building blocks, h/w programmable technologies and s/w tools to support the very diverse 5G ICT and vertical services, satisfying their stringent requirements in terms of throughput/latency/scaling.

5G-PICTURE integrated infrastructure supporting vertical platforms
In this project COSMOTE participates in the identification of user and system requirements and the vertical services, as well as in the investigation of the technical feasibility and market impact of the overall solution. COSMOTE also supports the trials and demonstrations and contributes to the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project.

The project is co-funded by the EU through the Horizon 2020 Programme, within the scope of the 5G-PPP Phase 2 framework and will last 2.5 years. It is realized with the participation of 19 partners from 8 countries (Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Norway, and Israel).
For more information, see the project leaflet.