Madrid, 9th December, 2015 – The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, the local ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Madrid region, Telefónica I+D, IMDEA Networks, Ericsson and AMETIC (Association of companies within the Electronical, IT, Telecommunications and Digital Content industries) have signed a collaboration agreement with a view to supporting the development of 5G technologies, products, and services in the framework of the Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) program.
As a part of the program public and private organisations underline their commitment to developing these 5G technologies. This multilateral agreement focuses particularly on the Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP), and European Technology Platform for Communications Networks and Services (ETP Networld 2020) programs, promoted by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program.
The signatories were as follows: The Spanish Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Víctor María Calvo-Sotelo Ibáñez-Martín, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport from the local government of Madrid, Rafael van Grieken Salvador, The President of Telefónica I+D, David del Val Latorre, the President of Ericsson Spain, Ingemar Naeve, the Director General of AMETIC, Benigno Lacort, and the Director of IMDEA Networks, Arturo Azcorra Saloña.
In addition to the agreement other initiatives focusing on boosting the development of 5G technologies and the entrepreneurial environment in which they evolve have been launched. This includes the creation of the first 5G laboratory of excellence, 5TONIC, launched by Telefónica last month through its innovation unit Telefónica I+D and IMDEA Networks. The laboratory aims to create an open ecosystem for innovation and research.
Ericsson is a founding member of various initiatives focusing on 5G development on a global level, including the European program 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Association) founded in February 2014. Ericsson was a member of the previous METIS consortium, a project under the EU that aims to lay the foundations for 5G technologies. It is now contributing to METIS-II and 5G Exchange (5GEx) newly launched 5G PPP projects.
About Telefónica: Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies of the world in terms of stock market capitalization and number of clients. Based on the best fixed land-line, mobile, and broad band networks, as well as an innovative offer of digital services, the Company is transforming into a “Digital Telco” positioning it very favorably in order to satisfy the needs of its clients, and to capture growth in new incomes. Present in 21 countries with a client base of 329 million accesses, Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe, and Latin America where it concentrates the majority of its growth strategy.
About IMDEA Networks: IMDEA Networks Institute is a networks institute whose multinational team works on vanguard fundamental science. As a growing and English speaking institute based in Madrid, Spain, IMDEA Networks offers a unique opportunity to pioneering scientists that aspire to develop their ideas. IMDEA Networks is establishing itself internationally as head in the development of future network technologies and has already incorporated scientists with renowned reputations. Our researches will contribute to determine the future of network science during the next few years, always with the goal of creating better technologies that benefit society in several aspects of life, guaranteeing a socioeconomic impact based on its unbeatable research in the field of networks.
About Ericsson: Ericsson is the driver of the Network Society – world leader in communications technology and services. Our long term relationship with the majority of telecommunications operators around the world allows people, companies, and societies to live up to their potential and to create a more sustainable future.
METIS-II aims at developing the overall 5G radio access network design and providing the technical enablers needed for an efficient integration and use of the various 5G technologies and components currently developed.
The 5GEx project is creating an agile exchange mechanism for contracting, invoking and settling for the wholesale consumption of resources and virtual network services which can be provisioned in less than 90 minutes and rapidly invoked.
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