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SESAME Report Summary

Project ID: 671596
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SESAME (Small cEllS coordinAtion for Multi-tenancy and Edge services)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"Mobile data traffic and services, fueled by new demanding personalised applications, proliferate at an immense rate, radically increasing the demand in infrastructure resources so as to keep user experience at a satisfactory level. Up to now, this ever-increasing demand has been fulfilled by the continuously evolving technological framework (3G, 4G), which has offered improved coverage and capacity as well as improved resource usage. However, the long anticipated 5G model needs to involve a paradigm shift, that is to establish a next generation network framework achieving reliable, omnipresent, ultra-low latency, broadband connectivity, capable of providing and managing critical and highly demanding applications and services. The fresh, groundbreaking advances in the field are expected to enforce revolutionary changes in network infrastructure and management, offering the power to align with a demanding set of diverse use cases and scenarios. For all these purposes, the 5G scene needs to couple fast connectivity and optimised spectrum usage with cloud networking and high processing power, optimally combined in a converged environment.
Specifically, one of the envisaged key elements of the 5G technological framework is the capability to deliver intelligence directly to network’s edge, in the form of virtual network appliances, jointly exploiting the emerging paradigms of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Edge Cloud Computing. 5G network infrastructures need to offer rich virtualisation and multi-tenant capabilities, not only in term of partitioning network capacity among multiple tenants, but also offering dynamic processing capabilities on-demand, optimally deployed close to the user. The potential benefits from such an approach trigger the interest of Communications Service Providers (CSPs) such as Mobile Network Operators (MNO), Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) and Over-The-Top (OTT) content and service providers, allowing them to "gain" an extra share in the network market by pursuing emerging business models. Following this direction, novel business cases will produce added value from any kind of infrastructure or application that has the potential to be offered "as-a-Service".
While the virtualisation of the communications infrastructure (core/edge segments and access points/macrocells) has been extensively studied by several industry and research initiatives up to now, the applicability of this paradigm to Small Cell (SC) infrastructures has received so far very limited attention. The Small Cell concept has become pivotal in today’s 4G access; Small Cells provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises as well as dense metropolitan and rural public spaces. Without any doubt, their role is "crucial" for providing services in populated areas like stadiums, shopping malls, concert venues, and, generally, places with (tactic or sporadic) high end-user density. In such cases, normally each telecom operator deploys their own infrastructure, acting complementary to the macro cell network. Normally, Small Cell provisioning requires a number of time and money consuming procedures as e.g., provisioning of installation site, power supply and so on. Operators must also face the costs of establishing dedicated, high-capacity backhaul connections, not to mention radio resource management and interference mitigation techniques, all translating to extra costs and efforts. However, this static approach based on the ownership of the physical Small Cell infrastructure not only increases operators’ CAPEX and significantly hampers business agility, but also is it unable to cope with dynamic scenarios. For example, one should consider the case where sporadic flash crowd events arise not only at predefined venues (e.g., shopping malls, urban areas, stadiums, etc.) but also at arbitrary areas with minor infrastructure in place, resulting in traffic overflow and signal outage. In order to respond to this dynamicity, network operators may wish to deploy for some time a Small Cell network to serve e.g., a sporadic flash crowd event, without really owing the underlying infrastructure. The latter could even be provided by a third party, i.e., the owner/operator of the venue. Such sharing scenarios are expected to play vital role in 5G networks.
In order to address this need and building upon the pillars of network functions virtualisation, mobile-edge computing and cognitive management, SESAME’s main goal is the development and demonstration of an innovative architecture, capable of providing Small Cell coverage to multiple operators "as-a-Service". SESAME envisages the logical partitioning of the localised Small Cell network to multiple isolated slices as well as their provision to several tenants. Moreover, in addition to virtualising and partitioning Small Cell capacity, SESAME supports enhanced multi-tenant edge cloud services by enriching Small Cells with micro servers.

The SESAME Project is an innovative effort to realize multi-tenant cloud enabled Radio Access Network(s) RAN(s), through a substantial change on the architecture of commercial Small Cells (SCs), by evolving them towards the so-called "Cloud Enabled Small Cell" ("CESC"). This change paves the way towards “placing” network intelligence and applications in the network edge, with the help of virtualization techniques and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Through the advanced coordination and orchestration realised within the wider SESAME concept, a new architecture is proposed aiming to attend several operators/service providers and engage them in a modern multi-tenant ecosystem, to fully serve the broader vision of the 5G.
In particular, SESAME proposes the CESC concept, a new multi-operator enabled Small Cell that integrates a virtualised execution platform (i.e., the Light Data Centre (Light DC) for deploying Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), supporting powerful "Self-x" management and executing novel applications and services inside the access network infrastructure. The Light DC will feature low-power processors and hardware accelerators for time critical operations and will build a high manageable clustered edge computing infrastructure.
This approach will allow new stakeholders to dynamically enter the value chain by acting as "neutral host providers" in high traffic areas where densification of multiple networks is not practical (Figure 1 illustrates independent actors’ requirements addressed by SESAME). The optimal management of a CESC deployment is a "key challenge" of the SESAME context, for which new orchestration, NFV management, virtualisation of management views per tenant, "Self-x" features and radio access management techniques will be developed.
Moreover, the SESAME effort -with the expected solution(s)- extend the “Small Cell as a Service” (“SCaaS”) model, which facilitates a third-party provisioning of shared radio access capacity to mobile network operators in various localised areas, together with the provision of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) services.
Efficient management of resources, rapid introduction of new network function(s) and/or service(s), ease of upgrades and maintenance, CAPEX/OPEX reduction and encouraging openness within the ecosystem, are only a few -but quite substantial- examples of the various benefits that the proposed solution can develop and provide for the benefit of the European industry and citizens.
After designing, specifying and developing the architecture and all the involved CESC modules, SESAME will culminate with a prototype with all functionalities for proving the concept in relevant use cases. Besides, CESC will be formulated consistently and synergistically with other 5G-PPP components through coordination with the corresponding projects.

The development of the 5G ecosystem involves numerous groups of industry stakeholders, research institutions, standard developing organizations, certification bodies and other institutions. Within the scope of the 5G-PPP framework (i.e.: a “joint” initiative between the European Commission (EC) and the European Infrmation and Communication (ICT) industry), it is expected to further reinforce the Εuropean presence in this field, at the global elevel. The main objective is to design and deliver appropriate solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the next generation communication infrastructure, via appropriate research projects where the SESAME project also is included.
The essential aim of SESAME project as part of the 5G-PPP Phase 1, is to introduce innovations around three central elements in 5G, via the identification of the corresponding "core objectives" of the related intended effort (as depicted in Figure 2):
(i) Placement of network intelligence and applications in the network edge (NE) through Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Edge Cloud Computing;
(ii) Substantial evolution of the Small Cell concept, already mainstream in 4G but expected to deliver its full potential in the challenging high dense 5G scenarios, and;
(iii) Consolidation of multi-tenancy in communications infrastructures, thus allowing several Network Operators (NOs)/Service Providers (SPs) to engage in new sharing models of both access capacity and edge computing capabilities.
The SESAME Project addresses the needs of future 5G mobile networks from the perspective of a scalable and flexible system, rather than focusing in new 5G waveforms or protocol stacks.

SESAME introduces and considers the following basic elements:
- Cloud Enabled SC (CESC).
- Light Data Centre (DC) as geographically distributed NFVI (NFV Infrastructure) within the RAN.
- Multi-tenant over the RAN, exploiting NFV and MEC concepts.
- New business opportunities between the SC infrastructure provider and the mobile network operators.
- Use of SDN (Software defined Networks) for managing the connections between VNFs (Virtual Network Functions) within the Light DC.
- Reuse of the current 4G architecture and protocol stack, taking in mind different possible functional splits.
- Evolution of “Self-x” properties for more enhanced network and/or service management."

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The SESAME work plan is tailored in several well-defined WPs, all addressing the main objectives of the Project. The overall work to be conducted as part of SESAME has been organised in eight WPs:
Project Coordination activities have been concentrated into a separate work-package, that is WP1 (Project Management, Risk & Quality Management, (Task 1.1, Task 1.3) and Technical Coordination (Task 1.2)), which will run throughout the entire duration of the Project.
The dissemination and communication, and exploitation activities also constitute a distinct work-package, that is WP8 (Dissemination, Standardisation, Exploitation and Training Activities), which will also be active throughout the Project. It can be assumed that WP1 and WP8 run in parallel and “interact” with the technical activities at every stage of the Project.
The categorization of the work into WPs follows the natural progress of the Project. The first phase is a requirements analysis, use case definition, high-level and detailed specifications, technical characteristics of the system, as well as Proof-of-Concept (PoC) integration inputs preparation. This work is concentrated in WP2 (Requirements, Specifications and Architecture).
Following the definition and specification phase, the implementation of SESAME components architecture is carried out in four work-packages, all running in parallel.
WP3 (Small Cell Design and Implementation) and WP4 (Light DC Design and Implementation) are dedicated in prototyping and implementing the CESC main components.
WP5 (Infrastructure Virtualisation and Management) studies virtualisation strategies and develops the management plane components, including CESC Abstraction Model and VIM implementation. WP6 (Orchestration and Service Level Management) realizes the orchestration components, optimizes the VNFs to be evaluated within SESAME and provides the service management framework.
The outputs of WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP6 are integrated, in-lab tested, and validated within WP7 (Integration, PoC and Evaluation). In WP7, the entire SESAME platform is integrated, deployed and validated as a complete system and also as separate components in the participants’ labs. To that end, the realisation of several use case scenarios is also envisaged as part of WP7.
During the first (1st) Reporting Period (RP), the work performed, in total, was fully aligned to the structuring and/or the detailed context of each dedicated WP.
All respective deliverables and milestones scheduled for the 1st RP have been fully realized, without significant delays or with short delays, per case.
Although the SESAME Project is still in the first year of its intended activities, the proper “coverage” of all scheduled works together with all other necessary actions provides the certainty that all expected objectives and/or impact are to be fulfilled in the forthcoming 2nd RP.

The main (conceptually-oriented results) achieved so far -also included within the submitted SESAME deliverables- are summarised as follows:

Definition and specification of the system architecture and interfaces for the provisioning of multi-operator Small Cell (SC) networks, optimised for the most promising scenarios and use cases.
From the early beginning of SESAME, high-impact use cases have been identified. These will “drive as a whole” the definitions and specifications of SESAME architecture and the high level architecture of the subsystems and of the proposed frameworks. An open architecture and open APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) will be followed in order to make network operators (virtual or not) trust the multi-tenancy structure. The specific following achievements have been performed:
- The proper definition of the system use cases and related requirements.
- The definition and establishment of the overall system architecture as well as of any related interfaces.
- Specification of the CESC components.
- Specification of the Infrastructure Virtualization, Orchestration and Management.

Specification, design and implementation of a multi-operator CESC prototype, supporting Self-x features enabling multi-tenant and multi-service access infrastructure.
SESAME Project extends the concept of Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) as VNF (Virtual Network Functions) to enable Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing, among different mobile operators. Related progress has been made about:
- The design of the overall small cell architecture to support multi-tenant operation.
- The proper definition of the CESC (Cloud-enabled Small Cell) Prototype design specifications.
- Realization of initial studies on Self-X and virtualization aspects.

Specification, design and implementation of a low-cost Light DC prototype as NFV Point-of-Presence (PoP) providing support for intensive low latency applications, secure connections and high quality of experience, while minimising space, infrastructure costs and energy consumption.
Light DC will be able to manage 10 Gbps data traffic flows with a latency of few milliseconds. To this end, the Light DC will rely on a new System on Chip (SoC) with multi-core Central Processing Units (CPUs) and hardware (HW) accelerators and networking functions. The novel heterogeneous parallel architecture of Light DC will be based on lightweight 64-bit processors. Performed achievements are summarized as follows:
- Design of the overall Light DC architecture.
- Description of the overall Light DC architecture
- Development of the overall Light DC architecture.

Provision of ways for coherent management of the CESCs, which can be seen as light computational clusters distributed across the network infrastructure.
Launching of sample VNFs for demonstration and assessment of SESAME CESC platform – Small Cell virtualisation through providing MOCN as a VNF.
Small Cell virtualisation will allow efficient RAN sharing for multi-tenancy and provide logical isolated pieces (slices) of the access infrastructure to individual tenants. Provisioning of additional VNFs (like, e.g., Caching, Transcoding, etc.) that will move intelligence at the edge is an additional target of SESAME. There was effort for the proposition of the description model, the placement of virtual functions and resources, the CESCM and the Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). Performed achievements are summarized as follows:
- The description of the CESC abstraction model.
- The description of mechanisms for efficient deployment of virtual appliances across multiple clusters or platforms.

Design and implementation of CESCM (Cloud-enabled Small Cell Management), capable of chaining and orchestrating the different VNFs required to cope with the dynamic SLAs (Service Level Agreements) between the CESC provider and the network operators.
The CESC concept allows to increase dramatically service creation time cycle (through dynamic service function chaining at the edge) and offer QoE (Quality of Experience) per service (close to zero perceived latency for localised services). To this aim, the main achievements were:
- Design, description and specification of the orchestrator components and interfaces.
- Orchestrator’s architecture design and Interfaces’ specification.

Communication/dissemination of Project results raising awareness and impact on stakeholders and the wider community, as well as assessment of received feedback - Creation and exploitation of synergies with the rest 5G-PPP projects and the Association towards building a consistent 5G view.
SESAME has focused upon multiple available means to disseminate and communicate the achievements, the results and the knowledge acquired. To this end, contributions to standardisation bodies, working groups and fora have been done. Joint dissemination activities in the 5G-PPP Program Events have been also provisioned along with coordinated actions leading to a holistic approach for 5G-PPP. Scientific excellence has been demonstrated by an outstanding number of papers in prestigious international conferences and journals, while various media and marketing collateral channels offer communication of high impact and optimal quality.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

A fundamental component of SESAME is the virtualisation of Small Cell and their utilisation and partitioning into logically isolated “slices”, offered to multiple operators/tenants. The main aspect of this core innovative feature should the capability to accommodate multiple operators under the same infrastructure, satisfying the profile and requirements of each operator separately. This should significantly reduce the cost of deployed infrastructure (i.e., cost of ownership, maintenance, etc.), since hosted Small Cells can be treated as an operating resource instead of a capital expenditure. Under this perspective, the creation of neutral host solutions comes to address also the economic viability of telecom investments.
Also, up to now, network equipment deployed at the edge and access network part had well specified “hard-wired” functionalities that were not possible to be repurposed. With the advent of Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), the idea to have general-purpose computing and storage assets at the edge of mobile networks has matured. In this direction, new industry initiatives have already introduced the concept of Mobile-Edge Computing (M,EC) and the related key market drivers. To enhance further the virtualisation capabilities of the Small Cell deployment and to include not only network capacity resources but also edge processing capabilities, a micro scale virtualised execution infrastructure is proposed by SESAME, in the form of a “Light Data Centre” (Light DC). The Light DC will be designed in order to build a clustered infrastructure with high manageability and will be optimised to reduce power consumption, cabling, space and cost. This aspect not only will optimise end-users’ experience with respect to performance issues, but also, will it give birth to new monetisation chances, i.e., it will provide an ecosystem with novel services residing inside the network infrastructure.
To realise SESAME’s vision, “Cloud-Enabled Small Cells” (CESCs) will be designed, developed and implemented, in order to offer access to network capacity coupled with mobile edge computing resources in a single device. These resources will be offered on-demand to Communications Service Providers (CSPs), profiling both access and edge computation resources to satisfy the specific CSPs’ needs.

Figure 3 illustrates a possible scenario of applicability of the novel framework proposed by SESAME. The proposed infrastructure can be deployed, for example, in specific high traffic demanding areas, such as downtown business regions, dense urban areas, stadiums, shopping malls, etc. Then, CESCs could provide to operators and service providers the required capacity to serve their users’ needs. From the perspective of service provisioning, the proposed approach can be used to provide edge cloud capabilities and enable accelerated services, content and application due to the increased network responsiveness. Operators may provide the network’s edge (i.e., the Light DC) to third party partners, allowing the rapid deployment of cutting-edge services to users and enterprises, translating to added value and creating opportunities for vendors, service providers and operators by enabling them complementary and advantageous positions. Besides, the Light DC will enable the rapid on-demand deployment of cutting-edge network services in the form of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) – such as data processors, security appliances, proxies, media transcoders, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) gateways etc., close to the mobile nodes. Locating virtual service processing nodes closer to users reduces latency, improves throughput, and reduces traffic in the network core.

The realisation of the SESAME framework has to go through a number of specific needs and requirements. Challenges relate to the possibility to “slice down” a single CESC (or a CESC cluster) in order to “furnish and allocate” resources to different operators. Furthermore, solutions for aggregation of data, transcoding of video content with optimised delivery in edge networks and caching at the very edge of the network, will enable a reduction in transport time and, therefore, provide a crucial route to successfully reducing service-level latency. For this, a CESC platform needs to include functions for cache management and placement, for edge-optimised content delivery, aggregation at the edge through placing scenario-specific computation closer to the infrastructure (such as 5G point of attachments) and other relevant entities.
From an engineering point of view, another key challenging issue of the SESAME approach is the overall optimal configuration of the CESC infrastructure, including resource allocation and re-configuration in case of faults or abrupt demand changes. Given the multi-layer nature of the SESAME architecture as well as the heterogeneous networking and computing assets which are involved, assigned to multiple tenants with diverse needs and constraints, the optimal configuration problem becomes significantly complex. Typically this problem would be addressed by moving some of these dependencies and layer interactions into a central place, in order to do a per-box configuration. Apart from having to understand all layer dependencies and interactions, which becomes impossible for a human network operator with the current infrastructure interdependencies, such an approach would be tailored only to specific circumstances. To that end, SESAME provides an added value characteristic in that it enables autonomic networking towards providing holistic “Self-x” characteristics (where “x” could stand for configuring, healing, optimising, etc.) to the proposed CESC devices. In this way, SESAME will be capable of providing a distributed network management system that can be developed even from third-party providers.
Figure 4 presents a high-level architecture of SESAME. The key innovations proposed by the project focus upon the novel concepts of virtualising Small Cell networks by substantially evolving the Small Cell concept under the paradigms of a multi-operator (multi-tenancy) enabling framework and an edge-based, virtualised execution environment. The proposed CESC includes a multi-tenancy platform able to provide the radio access to support the required wireless capacity in a certain area. In addition, cloud-based computation resources are provided through a virtualised execution platform (i.e. the Light DC). This execution platform is used to support the required Virtualised Network Functions (VNFs) that implement the different features/capabilities of the Small Cells and the cognitive/”Self-x” management operations, as well as the computing support for the mobile edge applications of the end-users.
In the network’s edge, i.e., within the Light DC, the virtual machines hosting the VNFs will be controlled by the local Hypervisor. Nevertheless, the overall management and coordination of VNFs will be assigned to higher layers. Depending on the actual virtualisation capabilities, clusters will be assigned to one or more Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIMs) -in line with the current ETSI NFV ISG approach and terminology-i.e., entities that will be responsible for managing the virtualised resources required for proper VNF deployment. Monitoring data from all active VIMs will be combined for managing the whole process of VNF restructuring (e.g., migration, rescaling, etc.) in a dynamic and efficient way, cooperating with the CESC Manager (CESCM).
The CESCM will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the use, the performance and the delivery of services. It will control the interactions between the infrastructure (CESC) provider/owner and the network operator. Accordingly, the Service Level Agreement (SLA) negotiation (encompassing billing issues, accounting and so on) is foreseen to interact through appropriate open software, not yet defined, with the existing support system of the telecom operator. Also, on an architectural basis, CESCM will encompass monitoring and analytics, as fundamental tools for efficiently managing the network.
The proposed solution also focuses on extending the portability of virtual functions from closed vertically integrated architectures, to open hardware and software architectures. SESAME’s Light DC is planned to be based on heterogeneous, parallel architectures, featuring low-power 64-bit processors supported by several hardware accelerators (e.g., GPU, DSPs, and FPGAs). This infrastructure can be used for the deployment of VNFs, for executing small-size applications, offloading end-user mobile applications and functions, plus for the support of more powerful self-coordinating functionalities.
SESAME’s scope does not really restrict to CESC development, but comes to address a number of important challenges in the network management field, such as providing multi-tenancy through virtualisation techniques, developing novel edge-computing architectures and deploying self-x and optimisation procedures directly to network’s edge. To that end, multi-operating for Light DC resources will be fully supported as it is an already well-established solution, while for the radio part, SESAME will support multi-tenancy through Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN).

The core challenge in SESAME is to develop an ecosystem to sustain network infrastructure openness, through the development of “Cloud-Enabled Small Cells (CESCs)” for 5G, built on the pillars of network virtualization, mobile-edge computing capabilities and cognitive network management that will provide multi-tenancy and flexible cloud-network integration, with highly-predictable and flexible end-to-end performance characteristics.
SESAME has been conceived to provide the appropriate framework and solutions for Communications Service providers (CSPs) to offer reliable, omnipresent, ultra-low latency broadband connectivity to the customers, meeting the highly demanding Future Internet (FI) application and service requirements.
The SESAME proposition to realise micro-scale virtualised execution infrastructure included in the CESC devices (i.e., the Light DC) will enable the provision of dynamically repurposed virtual network infrastructures with tailored computing and flexible networking capabilities. This will greatly benefit the CSPs to deploy and offer cutting-edge services to specific customers, with increased cost savings (e.g., energy efficiency thanks to the Light DC design and the portability of functionalities closer to the mobile network edges) and allowing optimal reuse of the deployed virtual infrastructures. Overall, the SESAME project will provide an appropriate framework for European industry to remain competitive in the 5G systems and technology space, enabling the flexible densification of networks and services.
The core contribution of SESAME is to create imaginative and concrete opportunities for generating competitive advantages for the European ICT market.
SESAME is rooted at the core requirement for improving innovation capacity in the European mobile industry by consolidating a very tight convergence of the telecommunications and IT market. This is the key differentiator moving towards 5G technologies where the European ICT market will see the emergence of new vertical business segments and services for consumers and enterprise customers.
- SESAME can bring several competitive advantages to the Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and service/application providers including, inter-alia: (i) Rapid deployment of new services for consumer and enterprise business segments. (ii) Adding new revenue streams from innovative services delivered from closer to the user, together with offering the user a better service-oriented QoE, leveraging the Light DC and the CESCM entities, and furthermore, improving revenue opportunities by sharing the infrastructure for specific service providers. (iii) Introduction of new applications which are aware of the local context in which they operate (RAN conditions, localised information, density information, etc.) through the integration of the CESC virtual small cells functionalities. (iv) Drastic reduction of OPEX costs by offloading signaling and management related functionalities closer to the edge and by developing smarter management techniques, and further limiting the TCO (total costs of ownership) / CAPEX costs by promoting shared infrastructures enabled by the multi-tenancy and related virtualised multi-service management framework (CESCM). (v) Flexible development of market innovative and ground breaking services and applications that take advantage of the contextual information provided by the CESC on the radio network conditions and other information at the edges (e.g., edge caching, critical services). (vi) Creation of new market entrants by opening up the shared infrastructures to new software and application providers, infrastructure vendors and other CSPs, thereby increasing revenues and also promoting regulatory support.
- SESAME can provide competitive advantages to equipment vendors and manufacturers as these should be able to greatly enhance their product portfolio and to develop novel offering in the area of virtualised and cloud-enabled small cells platforms.
- SESAME offers competitive advantages for IT service providers and solutions suppliers as these can get the maximum benefit and advantage out of the SESAME project by being able to closely work with leading mobile market vendors and ICT companies, thus allowing them to strategically position and gain an early-entrant advantage within the industry, also keeping in consideration the rapid evolution of the mobile edge computing.
- SMEs will acquire different competitive advantages based on their business and market segments and will provide them with unique opportunity to extend their offerings and business advantages towards the 5G landscape.
- SESAME will offer fast and cost-effective access to a wide variety of new services and applications to all European citizens through a solution that directly supports the specific user and user communities. This among others includes residential and business customers as well as public fixed and mobile users which could ultimately lead companies and business to reorganise their processes, services and practices to increase readiness, productivity and growth, and improve the quality of life of EU citizens.

SESAME targets to contribute to the community societal challenge to boost the market opportunities for increased revenues and reduction of CAPEX/OPEX/TCO of telecommunication providers as well as the market positioning of equipment/solution vendors. SESAME contributes to “inclusive societies” by promoting “smart and sustainable growth” and to “strengthening Europe’s role as global actor”, by bringing innovative solutions to the market validated by industrial partners.
SESAME contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy by creating a value-added “Europe-on-the-move” society enabling secure and totally accessible mobility opportunities for end-customers and users.
In particular, SESAME addresses the community societal challenges as follows:
- Strengthen and foster EU’s position as a global actor, increasing EU’s relevance and presence in the 5G context: SESAME will create valuable technical knowledge and innovation that will be reflected in patents, community-driven open de-facto standards, publications and industry standards. The industry involved in SESAME will take advantage of the project outcomes to gain strategic positions with respect to 5G technologies applying them on innovation solutions in their products. This will provide unprecedented and novel opportunities towards the industries’ ability to meet societal challenges such as smarter cities and new environmental
awareness. The wide competence of the consortium and the worldwide presence will further boost the growth beyond Europe benefiting the European society.
- Smart and Sustainable growth: Exploitation of SESAME’s outcomes by the industries will lead to new products and solutions leading to the creation of new jobs opportunities and economic growth. The generation of a new technological field may trigger new initiatives leading to the consolidation of entrepreneurship opportunities.

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