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Fraunhofer FOKUS supports Berlin in positioning itself worldwide as a leading 5G Capital. istock/ jpique

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

In the German capital 5G is not a distant hype. Already technologies for an intelligent network infrastructure are being developed and test environments are being installed, which can be used for testing new applications. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2017) the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS will present the test environment 5G Berlin at the booth of Berlin Partner (Hall 7, Stand L51).

Berlin is not only a hip party city but also has a lot to offer technologically and scientifically. Information technology and software development are researched in 85 scientific institutions and being taught to students at universities, making them some of the best equipped people for the global labor market and ensuring Germany's leading position. In the year 2015, 18,500 students were enrolled in IT related subjects. 70 percent (2,1 Billion Euro) of the total risk capital in Germany was invested into start-ups in Berlin, making Berlin an ideal environment for the development of new technologies such as the 5G network standard. Starting 2020, 5G Infrastructures will deliver significantly higher bandwidths and lower latency in data transmission world-wide. Integrated heterogeneous networks will connect billions of devices and sensors seamlessly allowing them to react dynamically to application requirements.

At the MWC, Fraunhofer FOKUS will present the test environment 5G Berlin. With the help of the platform, companies and research organizations can try out and test their products for "5G Readiness", to see if within a 5G environment they work smoothly with other components, long before the commercial use and the completion of the standardization processes.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz, director of the business unit Software-based Networks of Fraunhofer FOKUS summarizes: “After the initial 5G hype with some exaggerated application scenarios like the operating robot at the other end of the world that is controlled across continents, now the 'working phase' for telecommunications companies and research institutes has begun. Fraunhofer FOKUS is working with partners from industry and research on 5G standards that allow the user to integrate existing broad-band mobile and fixed access into highly flexible 5G core networks. Applications using this integrated network platform have diverse requirements with regard to the latency, data volumes and security. Through an intelligent network design with virtual, dynamically configurable network services on a distributed data center infrastructure, it can be ensured that the application-specific requirements, the necessary service intelligence and data processing can be placed at the optimal place within the network thereby providing the optimal network infrastructure. This concept is called ‚Edge Computing'. We are happy to support Berlin in positioning itself worldwide as a leading 5G Capital, through our ‚5G Ready-Tools'." 

5G Berlin, an initiative of Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS and HHI, is a partner of the Berlin iSquare Program of the federal state of Berlin, an initiative of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. Berlin wants to be one of the first federal states to test a 5G network under realistic conditions and to subsequently promote the implementation of this infrastructure in Berlin. This plan is part of the Digital Agenda of the federal state of Berlin. 

Therefore the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises initiates and accompanies a 5G test field in the public space with the participation of companies, which are active in Berlin. Companies, startups and organizations will launch projects in which, on the basis of modern information and communications infrastructures with open interfaces, the expertise of the various partners can be bundled. 

“The 5G pilot projects have the goal to create the foundation for an intelligent city based on the motto ,Smart Network for Smart City' and thereby to improve the quality of life of the residents of a growing city.“, says Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop. “In the face of all the challenges and innovations in the digital transformation, the benefits for the user should be paramount – even if behind it complex new infrastructures and technologies are lying. The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is open to new ideas and projects. I am looking forward to a dialogue with the stakeholders."

5G has a broad filed of applications: For example, video and music streaming will improve through 5G. Currently streaming is only possible at lower speeds. Even in a normal ICE (Intercity Express) the connection is often lost. In the future 5G should permit the transmission in high speed trains (up to 500 km/h) and airplanes (up to 1000 km/h). Further important applications could be mobile video in self-driving cars or augmented reality. 

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FOKUS supports the first ETSI NFV interoperability Plugtest with Open Baton

From 23rd January till 3rd February 2017, 40 commercial and open-source-implementations of the second version of the ETSI NFV (Network Function Virtualization) standard that was released in autumn 2016 were tested in Madrid. The Software-based Networks (NGNI) business unit provided Open Baton, an ETSI NFV MANO compliant and vendor neutral framework for management and orchestration of network functions. 

„We have successfully tested the virtual network functions of 14 participant companies during the two weeks of the first ETSI NFV Interoperability Plugtest in Madrid. We gained a lot of experience managing and orchestrating carrier-grade Virtual Network Functions, which will be drivers for further developments of Open Baton”, says Guiseppe Carella from the business unit Software-based Networks (NGNI). „The smooth integration of third parties VNFs and NFV Infrastructures was achieved thanks to the very extensible plugin mechanisms provided by the Open Baton framework. Providing an extensible mechanism for integrating with different versions of OpenStack APIs, and VNF management system, is a key for success of NFV MANO frameworks.”

Open Baton allows for rapid prototype development of new network functions without the need for changing the orchestrating logic. The platform enables a virtual functional development on a NFV Infrastructure and thereby forms a bridge between infrastructure providers, who want to know more about network services and service providers who require suitable infrastructure for the virtualization.

Preceding the Plugtest, a remote-test with 29 Labs was carried out in November 2016. The final evaluation report will shortly be published by ETSI.

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Startschuss für 5G-Testfeld

22 July 2016

Die Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung und die Deutsche Telekom AG haben sich auf eine Zusammenarbeit beim Aufbau eines Testfeldes zur Entwicklung und Erprobung des 5G-Mobilfunkstandards verständigt. Damit wird auch die Arbeit des Fraunhofer FOKUS und Fraunhofer HHI an 5G Berlin gefördert und zum Kern des Berliner 5G Testfeldes. 
Berlin wird der erste Ort in Deutschland, an dem der 5G-Standard im öffentlichen Raum getestet werden kann. Dafür wird unter anderem auf dem ehemaligen Telefunkenhochhaus am Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Charlottenburg eine der Sendeanlagen der neuen Generation installiert. 

Fraunhofer FOKUS war im Vorfeld bereits an der Entwicklung von Plattformen zur praxisnahen Erprobung und Validierung innovativer Technologien des künftigen Mobilfunkstandards beteiligt. Zu den wichtigsten Einsatzgebieten gehören Autonomes Fahren, Industrie 4.0, Internet der Dinge, das taktile Internet zur drahtlosen Objektsteuerung in Echtzeit. Die Fraunhofer-Institute FOKUS und HHI wirken dabei vor allem innerhalb der 5G Berlin Initiative an der Entwicklung und Realisierung von Testplattformen, Kernnetztechnologien und cloudbasierten Diensteplattformen sowie Software Defined Radio und Networks mit. Die Arbeit von FOKUS und HHI trägt somit dazu bei, 5G frühzeitig prototypisch zu realisieren, es im Rahmen des Testfelds erfahrbar zu machen und die Technologien und Anwendungen auf der 5G-Ready Plattform der 5G Berlin Initiative zu evaluieren.

Die marktreife Umsetzung des Mobilfunkstandards der nächsten Generation ist für das Jahr 2020 geplant.

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Open Baton at the 2nd OPNFV Summit

24 June 2016

The 2nd OPNFV Summit, June 20-23 in Berlin, Germany, was a great success with 620 people in attendance from the NFV ecosystem. 300 attendees joined for the Design Summit that included events with ARM NFV Ecosystem,, ONOS + CORD, ONF, OPEN-O and OpenDaylight.

During these days there were several interesting discussions on the upcoming projects and research items in NFV and SDN. This year is considered the Orchestration year, where many interesting projects around ETSI MANO have been launched by different organizations. This is generating discussions and debates in the international communities. It is still unclear if/what will be a convergence towards a common information/data modeling of virtualized network functions and services. The initiative has been represented by Prof. Thomas Magedanz who gave an interesting presentation about the Open Baton project and its important role in the emerging federated SDN testbeds. Considering the fragmentation of the current ecosystem, it is rather important to have solutions which are easily extensible and flexible enough to accommodate several use cases. Open Baton, with its second release is modeled around an event-driven architecture; it provides several mechanisms for supporting different use cases. The upcoming integration with the ONOS platform will allow the instantiation of end-to-end virtual networks for the initial prototypes of network slicing concepts.
More details about the presentation: Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz presented "Open Baton in the 5G Berlin Initiative and Emerging Federated SDN Testbeds" during the Research and Future Track.
The presentation outlines:
  •     Understanding the role of SDN/NFV/MEC within emerging 5G Testbeds
  •     Introducing the 5G Berlin Testbed and the Fraunhofer FOKUS OpenXXX Toolkits
  •     Open Baton enabling dynamic VNF Placement in emerging SDN/NFV-based 5G Testbeds
  •     Open Baton as Keynabler for setting up federated SDN Testbeds across Europe
  •     Outlook: The IEEE SDN initiative on Open Source Toolkits and federated SDN Testbeds

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IEEE SDN & EIT Digital: Federated Testbeds Workshop Minutes and Presentations are online 

20 May 2016

On 3-4 May 2016, twenty thought leaders from the IEEE SDN Initiative, EIT Digital, service providers, industry and academia gathered for a two-day workshop in San Francisco, California to discuss the idea of a Federated Testbed (FTB) that would allow accelerated development of SDN and NFV as two important components of 5G era networks.
A new, international Open Testbed Community (OTC) emerged from an intensive workshop on federated testbeds that took place in San Francisco the week of May 3rd. This workshop was spearheaded by leaders from the IEEE SDN Initiative1 and EIT Digital2 . As we move from the era of protocols to the era of innovation in the global Information and Telecommunication ecosystem there is an opportunity to consolidate disjointed development efforts. This opportunity will leverage Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for agile, robust, interoperability between SDN islands. The workshop culminated in a significant intent to start an Open, Federated Testbed (OFTB) by interconnecting three existing centers of expertise based in the USA and Europe. The outcome of these efforts will be reported in the Berlin5GWeek event in November 2016. The workshop brought new collaboration and support for the IEEE SDN Initiative that is building an engineering catalog of testbeds, toolkits and software that can be rated by the technical community. They will also track testing requests to better coordinate effective use of OTC resources and prioritize testing. This nicely complement the effort of EIT Digital to expand the Federated Testbed (FTB) started in 2016 and under expansion that can be used to stimulate innovation in the area of 5G and future communications services

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Dr. Marius Corici and his team in the rbb Abendschau

12 April 2016

There was another tv episode from the series „Berlin auf dem Weg zur Digitalen Hauptstadt – Die Berliner 10-Punkte-Agenda“ (Berlin on its way to the digital capital – the Berlin 10-point agenda).
The „Abendschau“ of the German tv channel rbb Fernsehen reports on „Berlins Digitale Agenda, Punkt 4: Neuer Mobilfunk-Standard“ (Berlin's Digital Agenda, Point 4: New mobile networking standard).
Learn more about the research activities of our Business Unit „Software-based Networks:

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OpenBaton: the new open-source platform for virtualization of network functions 

26 January 2016

Fraunhofer FOKUS offers with OpenBaton the first open-source ETSI NFV standard-compliant platform for the virtualization of network functions. It addresses both network-operators as well as cloud computing service providers and is suitable for the virtualization of 5G and critical networks, as well as M2M and multimedia platforms.
There are many diverse networks such as fixed and mobile, large-scale operator networks and specialized enterprise ones. They consist of many hundreds of network functions which are currently running on physical components incurring high maintenance costs. With ETSI NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) these functions are transferred to software based implementations running on top of cloud infrastructure. Fostering the NFV environment, Fraunhofer FOKUS offers with OpenBaton the first open-source ETSI NFV standard-compliant platform for the virtualization of network functions. It addresses both network-operators as well as cloud computing service providers and is suitable for the virtualization of 5G and critical networks, as well as M2M and multimedia platforms.

Software based network deployments on top of cloud infrastructures are currently the main paradigm changing in a revolutionary way the network deployments. The network virtualization technology brings immediate benefits for dynamic adaptation of networks to new requirements, all-purpose hardware can be used, new network services can be introduced quicker and overall network operational costs can be highly reduced. A crucial point in the success of the NFV technology is represented by the network management and orchestration functionality (MANO: Management and Orchestration) as being the main management interaction layer between the virtual network functions and the specifics of communication technology and the cloud-based infrastructure environment. 

The researchers of the Competence Center Next Generation Network Infrastructures (NGNI) at Fraunhofer FOKUS offer with OpenBaton the first open source ETSI NFV standard compliant platform for the management and orchestration of virtual network functions. OpenBaton enables virtual services deployment on top of cloud-infrastructure and thereby builds a bridge between cloud computing service providers that have to understand network functions and network function providers which require the appropriate infrastructure support for the virtualization. 

OpenBaton is based on the ETSI specification NFV Mano v1.1.1, that was published end of 2014. The platform can be easily installed on existing cloud-infrastructures like OpenStack and consists of:

  • a NFV Orchestrator that dynamically orchestrates carrier-grade network functions and services as well as infrastructure resources,
  • a generic Virtual Network Function Manager (VNFM) that dynamically manages the functions,
  • a set of libraries for the creation of customized VNFM, 
  • as well as a user-friendly dashboard through which the platform can be administrated. 

“NFV is still in the early stages. With OpenBaton we aim at connecting the worlds of cloud computing and of network functions, so that businesses can profit from cost effective virtualized network infrastructures. Our open source platform provides a dynamic service life cycle with a just in time resource allocation and the possibility of system slicing, the cornerstones for the common understanding of NFV", explains Prof. Thomas Magedanz, director of the Competence Center (NGNI). 

OpenBaton was developed with the support of the Technische Universität Berlin and is the result of three years of development of the orchestrator within the Fraunhofer FOKUS OpenSDNCore. OpenBaton is enabling dynamic deployments of 5G network environments, like Open5Core or M2M and multimedia platforms likeOpen5GMTC.

5G Technologies for Preventing the Mega-Blackout


The Franco-German 3 years project BERCOM (Blueprint for Pan-European Resilient Critical Infrastructures based on LTE Communications) started in September 2015. Its objective is to raise the resilience of critical infrastructures by means of emerging 5G mobile technologies.

BERCOM develops under the headline SCADAoverLTE an evolutionary advancement of current automation technologies, and adapts standardized communication technologies to the strict requirements of critical infrastructures. SCADA stands for supervisory control and data acquisition and refers to   process control systems in large-scale industry and manufacturing.  Fraunhofer FOKUS offers with its toolkits Open5GMTC and Open5Gcore an experimental platform for realizing the BERCOM demonstration scenarios. The focus of developments in the project will lie on the integration of  eMBMS (Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service), which allows to use broadcast and multicast services on the radio cell level.

On the German side BERCOM receives funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the program "Civil Security - Protection of Critical Infrastructure"  Its consortium includes companies and research institutes from the energy and communication sectors.  P3 Group is German coordinator. PSI AG ranks among European market leaders in process control system for power industry. management systems. WSB Neue Energien GmbH is active in wind power projects. In addition to Fraunhofer FOKUS participate in the project RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr University Bochum and Technical University of Dortmund. French coordinator is CEA (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternative), and it includes  as partners EDF (Électricité de France), Airbus Defence & Space, Air-Lynx, a manufacturer of LTE solutions and Navecom, an SME for communications technologies in critical infrastructures.

Fraunhofer HHI is part of international 5G project mmMAGIC


An international consortium project named mmMAGIC will develop technologies to unlock spectrum above 6 GHz, including millimeter wave bands, for 5G’s extreme mobile broadband.

The mmMAGIC kicked off its race to develop concepts and key components for a new 5G mobile radio access technology which is expected to operate in a range of frequency bands between 6 and 100 GHz, including mm-Wave frequencies. The use of such extremely high frequencies for mobile communications is challenging but necessary for supporting 5G's extreme mobile broadband service which will require very high (up to 10 Gbps) data rates, and in some scenarios, also very low end-to-end latencies (less than 5 ms). The project aims to accelerate standardisation of millimeter wave technologies for 5G so that the industry and citizens will benefit from commercialisation by 2020.

mmMAGIC is led and coordinated by Samsung. Ericsson acts as technical manager while Intel, Fraunhofer HHI, Nokia, Huawei and Samsung will each lead one of the five technical work packages of the project. The project was officially launched 1st of July and will last for two years. However, the consortium decided to jump-start its research three months ahead of the official EC launch in order to deliver its first results by the end of July.

The mmMAGIC project will develop and design new concepts for mobile radio access technology (RAT) for deployment in the 6-100 GHz range, including novel waveform, frame structure and numerology, novel adaptive and cooperative beam-forming and tracking techniques to address the specific challenges of millimetre wave mobile propagation. This new RAT is envisaged as a key component in the overall 5G multi-RAT ecosystem.

The project will undertake extensive radio channel measurements in the 6-100 GHz range at multiple locations in Europe, and will develop advanced channel models that will be used for rigorous validation and feasibility analysis of the proposed concepts and system, as well as for usage in regulatory and standards fora. The ambition of the project is to pave the way for a European head start in 5G standards and to be a focal point for European and global consensus building on the architecture, key components and spectrum for 5G systems operating above 6 GHz.

The mmMAGIC project is co-funded by the European Commission's 5G PPP program, bringing together major infrastructure vendors (Samsung, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia), major European operators (Orange, Telefonica), leading research institutes and universities (Fraunhofer HHI, CEA LETI, IMDEA Networks, Universities Aalto, Bristol, Chalmers and Dresden), measurement equipment vendors (Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz) and one SME (Qamcom).

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CogNet, 5G PPP, Kick-Off


The first Cognitive Networks (CogNet) meeting took place in Dublin, Ireland on July 16th, 2015.

EU industry and research collaborators from Spain, Italy, Germany and Israel met in Ireland for the 5G PPP project. 

CogNet is a major 5G telecommunications project involving industry and university researchers over a 30-month period. It received funding of €5.97m under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project recognises that 5G technology will support billions of connected devices and that conventional IT systems and architectures are not currently designed to handle this scale.

IBM in Ireland, one of the collaborators on the project, hosted the kick off meeting at its technology campus in Dublin. One of the key goals of the project is to develop machine learning, data mining, autonomic technologies and algorithms that will be applied to enterprise scale 5G deployments, delivering self adapting solutions that will fit centralised architectures to distributed solutions that can handle substantial scale.

The team consists of members from IBM, Alcatel Lucent, Telefonica, as well as Fraunhofer FOKUS and University of Trento.

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European industrial and academic partners join to develop the integrated fronthaul and backhaul solution for 5G Networks


  • The Xhaul project, part of the European H2020 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) Infrastructure, will define and develop the next generation of integrated fronthaul and backhaul networks that will respond to the needs of the future 5G communications system.
  • The Xhaul consortium comprises 21 partners including leading telecom industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and academic institutions.

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Open5GCore: Enhanced Benchmarking


As part of the Open5GCore developments, the benchmarking tool as well as the correspondent core network has been extended to support evaluation and assessment of handover procedures, opening the way towards a comprehensive qualitative evaluation of different core network solutions, concepts and prototypes. Additionally, the benchmarking tool can be used for evaluating the opportunity of deploying mobile network components on top of cloud infrastructures.

More information on the Open5GCore Toolkit here:

5G Playground: Accelerating the adoption of 5G


Fraunhofer FOKUS NGNI competence center is proud to announce its 5G Playground.
The 5G Playground is an R&D common ground were researchers and engineers, around the world, are able to build together the future 5G environment. It allows for interoperability testing, and for the evaluation, validation and demonstration of their ideas, solutions and prototypes. The playground consists of a comprehensive set of tool kits addressing the most novel technological advances towards 5G.
Fraunhofer FOKUS is actively searching for partners from operators and vendors, as well as academic partners interested in participating in the build-up of the emerging 5G ecosystem. Whether you are developing a future element of the 5G solution, envisioning a new concept or even a novel use case, the 5G Playground is the right place to validate, demonstrate and realize your projects or solutions.
The following Toolkits are part of the 5G Playground:

More information here: 5G Playground
open 5G core

New Toolkit: Open5GMTC: Toolkit for high number of devices


Fraunhofer FOKUS NGNI competence center is very happy to present a new toolkit as part of its 5G Playground testing environment.
Within the 5G environment a huge number of devices will be connected to the network, using different communication requirements (delay/capacity), different communication patterns (on exceptional events, regular, continuous), different reliability requirements and information trust levels. Easy remote management/administration/calibration will also be needed.

Open5GMTC is a practical implementation based on ETSI M2M, oneM2M and OMA LWM2M standards with the main target of achieving more flexibility, programmability, resilience, faster response and security within a 5G environment for the Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IOT) communication.

More detail here: Open5GMTC


5G mobile network sneak preview: 5G Berlin takes a look at the networks of tomorrow


The 5th generation mobile network – “5G" – will play an important role in the communications systems of the future. Self-driving cars, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, the Tactile Internet for wireless, real-time control of machines: all of these visionary topics need a quantum leap in the efficiency, service scope and availability of mobile communication infrastructure and networks. Fraunhofer FOKUS and Fraunhofer HHI are contributing with their comprehensive know-how and solutions to a consortium of manufacturers, carriers and research institutions, who are working on prototypes for early-stage 5G communications infrastructure and features, and are aiming to implement these into the 5G Berlin test bed.

Deutsche Telekom launches innovation laboratory 5G:haus

Mar 24, 2015

  • DT continues to lead global development of the new communications standard
  • Cooperation with research companies, startups and global network vendors
  • Based across Europe, the lab will foster innovation in 5G at different locations simultaneously

Deutsche Telekom will continue to lead further development and standardization of 5G technology with the launch of an innovation lab. “The 5G:haus will allow us, in cooperation with leading partners, to develop the architecture, to foster innovation and to steer standardization work. The lab will also provide a platform to engage with our customers at a very early stage of 5G development,” says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Technology Officer for DT and Chairman of the NGMN Alliance Board (Next Generation Mobile Networks).

DT will work within its innovation laboratory with a broad range of partners including research companies, startups and established network infrastructure equipment vendors. The company will use its European footprint to build up the lab and will be able therefore to showcase in different locations across Europe.

Working with universities, startups, vendors, and customers will enable DT to leverage the diverse competencies and strengths of the different partners and to develop 5G from a holistic, customer-oriented perspective. Some of Deutsche Telekom’s partners include SoftRAN Initiative at Stanford University, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence - DFKI, University of Kaiserslautern, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Fraunhofer FOKUS and Fraunhofer HHI) as well as startups like RF DSP, Kumu Networks and Moogsoft and of course vendors such as Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, Qualcomm and Huawei. “With the 5G:haus, we will be able to assess candidate technologies and will make consistent contributions to the process of developing a global 5G standard. We look forward to engaging with our listed partners and are open to welcoming more of them in the near future,” says Jacobfeuerborn.

At the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, the NGMN Alliance announced the publication of the 5G White Paper, which represents the view of the 24 operator members. “The publication was an important first step in the overall 5G development process. The industry must now work together to deliver a global communications standard and related products that allow first commercial deployments by 2020,” says Jacobfeuerborn. The direct engagement with the industry enabled by the new innovation laboratory makes uniform standards possible.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany

KuVS Fachgespräch NGSDP – Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms

“Virtualization Impacts on Service Delivery Infrastructures – SDN, NFV and Clouds”

“Virtualization Impacts on Service Delivery Infrastructures – SDN, NFV and Clouds"

The 10th KuVS Workshop/Fachgespräch Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms (NGSDP) took place on March 16, 2015, Fraunhofer Institut FOKUS, Berlin, Germany with the theme “Virtualization Impacts on Service Delivery Infrastructures – SDN, NFV and Clouds". The NGSDP series is supported by the GI/ITG specialist group on Communications and Distributed Systems “Kommunikation und Verteilte Systeme (KuVS)".

Around 30 experts from German, Switzerland, Poland and Italian academia and industry joined the interactive workshop to discuss innovative ideas, concepts and results in the scope of 5G, SDN and NFV. 13 speakers presented in four sessions each of them was closing with a mini-panel with all speakers of the session.

Detailed event minutes can be found here.

Start of FleMMingo Project


The FleMMingo project (“Flexible Wireless Machine to Machine Communication in Industrial Environments”) will start in February 2015 and is scheduled for a duration of 2.5 years.

The project is part of the Fraunhofer MAVO (German for: “Market Oriented Strategic Advanced Research”) Initiative and is considered of top strategic relevance in the scope of wireless communication for the Industry 4.0. As a MAVO, the project is dedicated to provide innovations that will be rapidly and continuously offered to industrial stakeholders, which includes the set-up of tests and demonstrations towards potential customers in real or close-to-real shop floor settings.

Five Fraunhofer Institutes, namely the ESK, FOKUS, HHI, IPA and IIS will jointly address the application of wireless communication technologies in industrial environments. Fraunhofer FOKUS contribution is centered around improving state-of-the-art 4G and upcoming 5G wireless access and related core network technologies to match the requirements of industrial applications in terms of reliability, robustness, flexibility, bandwidth and latency, ideally being able to augment or substitute current wireline control systems communications with wireless solutions providing  competitive resilience.

Project: “SDN at the Edges (SDN@Edges)”


The main goal of the EIT ICT project activity SDN@Edges is the definition of an EU Certification Centre for Business Acceleration on SDN as well as the development and experimental validation of new business models in 3 use cases (home GW, edge virtual services and reliability in mobile backhaul).

The overall goal of the activity is about accelerating the exploitation of SDN and NFV in order to produce business impacts at the edge of fixed networks (aggregation, access segments up to end Users premises) and in the access mobile networks (mobile backhaul and aggregation network).
Specifically, the activity will address three objectives towards “Softwarization”:
i)    Defining SDN requirements ii)    Deploying field-trials

iii)    Defining and testing new business models

Project details:
Duration: 12 month – Jan 1, 2015 until Dec 31, 2015
Partners: Telecom Italia (lead), Politecnico di Torino, Acreo, Deutsche Telekom AG , SICS, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, CREATE-NET, University of Bologna, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Orange, Ericsson, Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Politecnico di Torino.

Watch our very compressed 5G introduction videos


Trying to summarize 5G technologies in 10 minutes, Fraunhofer FOKUS has released a set of 3 short videos which present our perspective on the 5G requirements, use cases and technologies, and how to reach relevant research results with lower effort by deploying realistic testbeds based on comprehensive toolkits such as Open5GCore and OpenSDNCore.