• A joint initiative between the EC and European industry.
  • In its third wave of projects after launching in June 2018.
  • Telefónica present via its R&D entity Telefónica I&D.
  • Deutsche Telekom also involved in several projects via Group and Greek subsidiary; BT present in UK‑focused projects.

5G PPP

5G PPP

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The EU’s 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) programme launched in 2017 as a joint venture between the European Commission and industry. It focuses on bigger-ticket projects, largely undertaken by established technology players with at least one operator included in each consortium. It is currently in its third wave of projects. When looking at 5G PPP projects with a UK footing — i.e., those with UK‑based partners or solutions that are trialled in the UK — telco involvement is much more prevalent than in UK government‑funded projects:

  • BT is, unsurprisingly, only present in projects with a UK footing.
  • Deutsche Telekom is involved in several projects on a Group‑level, and via its Greek subsidiary OTE.
  • Telefónica is represented by its R&D entity Telefónica I&D in projects across the bloc.
Selected Phase 2 projects with a UK footing. *
ProjectFocus and footprintTelco participationUK and key participantsFunding **

Notes: * This charts 5G PPP Phase 2 projects with a footing in the UK, though there are others operating without a UK‑based participant. ** Figure listed is that received from the European Commission (EC). Most are funded solely by the EC.

Sources: EC; projects.

5GCITY

June 2017–March 2020

Distributed cloud and radio platform for infrastructure owners acting as 5G neutral hosts.

Spain, with the UK and others in support.

WIND Tre

Accelleran

Bristol is Open

NEC

University of Bristol

€6m

5G ESSENCE

June 2017–November 2019

Delivering a small‑cell as‑a‑service platform to support 5G and edge cloud uptake.

Greece, with the UK and others in support.

OTE Group

WIND Tre

Bapco LBG

Capritech UK

Intel R&D Ireland

NEC

€8m

5G‑MoNArch

July 2017–June 2019

Integrated 5G mobile network architecture for industrial, media, and smart city use‑cases.

Germany, with France, Spain, and UK in support.

(Deutsche Telekomwatch, #66, #74, #78, and #85).

Deutsche Telekom

Telecom Italia

Huawei

Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Solutions & Networks

Real Wireless

Samsung Electronics

€7.7m

5G‑PICTURE

June 2017–May 2020

Three use‑cases (live events, railway, and smart city) for remote video production.

Spain and UK, others in support.

Cosmote

Telecom Italia

ADVA

Blu Wireless

Huawei

IHP

University of Bristol

Zeetta Networks

€8m

5G‑Transformer

June 2017–November 2019

Software‑defined and network function virtualisation leveraged for a mobile transport and computing platform.

Italy and Spain, with UK and others in support.

(Telefónicawatch, #118).

Orange

Telefónica

Ericsson

InterDigital

NEC

Nokia

€8m

5G‑XCast

June 2017–July 2019

Large‑scale, immersive media delivery over 5G networks.

Spain, with Finland, the UK, and others in support.

(BTwatch, #287 and #294).

BT

Telecom Italia

BBC

Nokia Solutions & Networks

Samsung Electronics

University of Surrey

€8m

Metro‑Haul

June 2017–September 2019

Energy‑efficient, cost‑effective, agile metro networks scalable for 5G access and future network needs.

UK, with Italy, Spain, others in support.

(Telefónicawatch, #138).

BT

Telecom Italia

Telefónica

ADVA

Ericsson

Lexden Technologies

Old Dog Consulting

OpenLightComm

University of Bristol

Zeetta Networks

€7.8m

NGPaaS

June 2017–August 2019

Building a 5G platform‑as-a‑service offering to “telco‑grade” quality.

France, with UK and others in support.

(BTwatch, #289).

BT

Orange

Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Israel

ONAPP

€5.2m

SaT5G

June 2017–February 2020

Building a plug‑and‑play satcom solution for 5G to accelerate deployment.

Germany and UK, with others in support.

(BTwatch, #312).

BT

Airbus

Avanti Communications

Quortus

Thales

University of Surrey

€8.3m

       

Total: €67m

Phase 3 projects with a UK footing. *
ProjectFocus and footprintTelco participationUK and key participantsFunding **

Notes: * This charts 5G PPP projects with a footing in the UK, though there are others operating without a UK‑based participant. ** Figure listed is that received from the EC. Most are funded solely by the EC.

Sources: EC; projects. 

5G‑CLARITY

November 2019–July 2022

Developing 5G architecture for private networks.

Spain and UK.

Telefónica I&D

Accelleran

Gigasys Solutions

Interdigital

Ericsson

pureLiFi

University of Edinburgh

University of Bristol

€5.7m

5G‑COMPLETE

November 2019–April 2022

Developing 5G architecture to combine compute and storage resource functionality over a fibre wireless RAN.

France, Greece, and UK.

Cosmote

Orange

Accelleran

ADVA

Siklu Communications

University of Bristol

€6m

5G‑DRIVE

September 2018–February 2021

Collaborative vehicle‑to‑everything R&D efforts between China and the EU.

Finland, Italy, and UK.

Orange Poland

OTE Group

University of Kent

University of Surrey

€6m

5G!Drones

June 2019–May 2022

Trials on 5G‑enabled drones to prove the value of network slicing for unmanned flight.

France, Greece, and Norway.

Cosmote

Orange Poland

Airbus

Nokia

Unmanned Systems

€12.9m

5Genesis

July 2018–December 2021

Aims to validate 5G key performance indicators in various use‑cases through controlled set‑ups and large‑scale events via the provision of an end‑to‑end 5G facility.

Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Spain, and UK.

(Telefónicawatch, #133).

Cosmote

Telefónica I&D

Ericsson

Fon Technology

Intel Deutschland

Maran UK

University of Surrey

€15.8m

5G‑HEART

June 2019–May 2022

5G for healthcare, transportation and food verticals via autonomous vehicles and remote vehicle data services.

Greece, Ireland, Norway, and UK.

OTE Group

Telenor

Epitomical

Ericsson

Oxfordshire County Council

University of Surrey

€14.3m

5G‑SMART

June 2019–June 2022

Demonstrating 5G use‑cases in manufacturing with digital twins, robotics, and remote machine operation.

Germany and Sweden.

Orange

T‑Systems Hungary

Ericsson

U‑Blox Melbourn

€10.2m

5G‑VICTORI

June 2019–May 2022

Large‑scale tests for advanced use‑cases in energy, media, and transport.

Germany, Greece, and UK.

Cosmote

Orange

Orange Romania

Digital Catapult

Mativision

University of Bristol

Urban Hawk

Zeetta Networks

€13.5m

5G-VINNI

July 2018–June 2021

A network of 5G testing facilities.

BT’s Adastral Park is one of six Main Facilities where 5G trials are taking place for remote and “agile media production.

(BTwatch, #315; Telefónicawatch, #128).

BT/EE

Telefónica I&D

Telenor

Cisco

Ericsson

Huawei

Lime Microsystems

National Express

Nokia

Samsung Electronics

Vortex IoT

€20m

Full5G

September 2019–September 2021

To assess the achievement of 5G PPP in its ability to promote 5G uptake across several verticals in the EU.

France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, and UK.

Cosmote

Telefónica I&D

Atos Spain

Ericsson

Fon Technology

Intel Deutschland

Maran UK

University of Surrey

€2m

       

Total: €106.4m

Last updated November 2020.