Ericsson this week launched the 5G Exchange (5GeX) project, which aims to enable a unified European 5G infrastructure service market that integrates multiple operators and technologies.
The project is part of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) research and innovation project, which was initiated by the EU Commission and industry manufacturers, operators, service providers, SMEs and researchers to deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the ubiquitous next-generation communication infrastructures of the coming decade.The 5GeX project will focus on supporting cross-domain service orchestration over multiple administrations or multi-domain single administrations, which means that enterprises and vertical industries will gain the flexibility to define, deploy and control service architectures on-demand. For example, businesses could gain efficiencies by migrating network services, such as firewalls and routers, to a virtual platform and maintaining only physical networks.
The project runs from October 2015 to March 2018, with Ericsson driving the project in cooperation with a range of industry partners.
Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research, said: “A unified European 5G infrastructure service market will be a strong enabler for feature-rich services that can have a positive impact on people, business and society. As a leader in the development of 5G and a partner in several industry collaboration initiatives, we are excited to lead the 5GEx project and contribute to realizing the full benefits of 5G.”
The 5GEx program partners are Ericsson, Atos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Berlin Institute for Software Defined Networks, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Carlos III University of Madrid, Deutsche Telekom, European Center for Information and Communication Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Orange, RedZinc, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Telecom Italia, Telefónica I+D, Telenor and University College London.