5-Alive is a support action project under the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union – contract number: 643973 – project duration: November 2014 – October 2015.
5-Alive will build up momentum within and beyond the European networking community and related application areas for driving the 2020 infrastructure evolution towards holistic 5G networks.
This concept of holistic 5G networks is much more comprehensive than any previous network evolution generation as it will fully integrate all network technologies fixed, mobile, satellite, optical etc., into a very dynamic, software enabled, infrastructure that is capable of supporting massive increases in availability, reliability and throughput while dramatically reducing the energy requirements for the provision of such advanced communications services.
To stimulate and accelerate the achievement of this massive advance, the European Commission and the European ICT industry, through the 5G Infrastructure Association, have launched the 5G Infrastructure PPP as part of the Horizon 2020 Research Programme.
Another focus of the 5-Alive Support Action is to ensure that the 5G Infrastructure Public-Private-Partnership (5G PPP) will emerge in the most efficient and effective way possible to a prepared communications infrastructure and interworking guidelines. The lessons learned from existing PPPs are that these support infrastructures are critical and their timely provision can greatly enhance the visibility and effectiveness of a programme.
The main 5-Alive project objectives are:
- Produce an updated roadmap for the holistic network perspective (including 5G) via the NetWorld2020 ETP,
- Actively promote and position the European 5G Initiatives as part of the leading global initiatives,
Stimulate the involvement of the European ICT community and consumer sectors as drivers of evolution,
- Facilitate the 5G Infrastructure Association production of strategies for later phases of the 5G PPP,
- Conduct a first exercise on mapping the 5G PPP KPIs to the research challenges to determine which topics will directly contribute to obtaining the foreseen infrastructure performance/feature improvements.
What must be addressed now, as we lead up to the start of the 5G Infrastructure PPP, is how to position this European initiative at the forefront of the Worldwide 5G activities and, in parallel, how to stimulate the European ICT community and the ICT service consumers to become the leading players in this evolution so they can secure IPRs, patents licences and commercial success for Europe in the 5G domain. This is the task that the 5-Alive project will undertake.
The approach of the 5-Alive project will be to use an innovative mix of community and industrial support to produce the essential material and to perform an intensive communications programme. The project proposes to establish effective processes to capture, synopsise and present frequent news updates on the activities of the European 5G Initiative and ensure their widespread dissemination. We will have a number of industrial players, in lead roles in both the ETP and the Association contributing manpower to the project to ensure the investment is shared between industry and the EC, as a true reflection of the stakeholder interests in the European 5G Infrastructure PPP.