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High-tech and affordable 5G network roll-out to every corner

Project description

Making 5G deployment more affordable

5G networks are fast becoming a reality, with big vendors developing 5G network equipment and mobile network operators preparing its commercialisation. However, there is an urgent need to support solutions tailored to specific types of networks. The EU-funded Affordable5G project is developing a 5G network that will offer an integrated and affordable solution covering the needs of private and enterprise networks. The project will introduce a technical innovation that is to be spread across all parts of the 5G network, supporting cell densification, RU/DU/CU splits, hardware acceleration, edge computing and core network virtualisation with an extensive use of open platforms. This innovation will support European small and medium-sized enterprises in becoming pioneers in the global 5G market.


The large-scale rollout of 5G networks has started becoming a reality, with big vendors deploying 5G network equipment and MNOs being on the verge of its commercialization. However, in parallel to the deployment of such 5G high-performing network, there is an unprecedented urge to support solutions tailored to specific types of networks, capable of offering ubiquitous coverage with high data rate availability, densification and high capillarity of access points to enhance 5G system capacity.
Affordable5G aims at creating a 5G network that will deliver a complete and affordable solution covering the needs of private and enterprise networks through technical innovation that span across all parts of 5G network, leveraging cell densification, RU/DU/CU split, hardware acceleration, edge computing and core network virtualization, seamlessly combined with the adoption of open source RAN, MEC and MANO solutions, for cloud-native, micro-service based deployments.
To achieve its innovative and ambitious goal, the consortium brings together ten European SMEs, supported by MVNOs, system integrators and research institutes, grasping the opportunity to enhance their products, according to each company’s roadmap, while fostering collaboration among them.
In this way, Affordable5G will offer a first-class opportunity to European SMEs to become frontrunners in the global 5G competition, facilitating them in their commercialization paths and strategies in niche market cases of neutral hosting, private networks and MVNOs with new entrant actors.
The innovative solution will be evaluated and validated in two vertical pilots related to emergency communications and smart cities, which have been properly selected as being highly representative in terms of system performance, scalability, mobility patterns, slice types, deployment requirements and impact in the future 5G market.

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Net EU contribution
€ 355 425,00
Calle de albarracin 25
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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 152 325,00

Participants (18)