Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences


5G ESSENCE addresses the paradigms of Edge Cloud computing and Small Cell as a Service by fuelling the drivers and removing the barriers in the Small Cell market, forecasted to grow at an impressive pace up to 2020 and beyond and to play a key-role in the 5G ecosystem.

5G ESSENCE provides 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.

  • Partners
    OTE (EL), NEC (UK), Intel (IE), Zodiac (DE), Atos (ES), Sistelbanda (ES), IS-WIRELESS (PL), Wind (IT), Athonet (IT), i2CAT (ES), Create-Net (IT), Smart Mobile Labs (DE), NCSRD (EL), Capritech (UK), BAPCO (UK), UPC (ES), Thales (FR), Italtel (IT), Orion (EL), Universidad del Pais Vasco (ES), 8BELLS (CY), Municipality of Egaleo (EL)
  • Call
    ICT-07-2017 "5G PPP Research and Validation of critical technologies and systems"
  • Duration
    30 months
  • Overall budget
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ITL Leaderships
  • T2.4 – System Level Technical Specifications
ITL Technical Contributions
  • Network Embedded Edge Cloud
  • High performance virtualised edge nodes on single-board computers (SBCs)
Main Objectives
  • Cloud-integrated multi-tenant small cell networking
  • SD-RAN controller
  • High-performance and efficient virtualisation techniques
  • Orchestrator enhancements for distributed service management