Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Advanced Network Technologies, including 5G

Advanced Network Technologies, including 5G

Network Technologies (Unit E.1)
Goal: 

To reinforce European industry  in the global communication markets through leadership in innovative  network technologies (optical, wireless, satellite) and systems.

Action: 

Research, Innovation and Policy agenda supporting EU leadership in developing, experimenting and adopting new advanced network technologies. This includes full implementation of  of the 5 G Public Private Partnership roadmap as well as innovative industrial, academic and SME partnerships focusing on disruptive technologies and the emergence of new market actors.

Situation: 

It is foreseen that current networks will have to face technological and economic limitations  under the combined pressure of skyrocketing Internet mobile traffic volumes and of novel usages (e.g. IoT and billions of communicating devices). The growing complexity of heterogeneous networks managements requires to bring down both capex and opex, drastically  lower energy consumption and provide true ubiquitous and high speed network access coverage to citizen and businesses, whilst guaranteeing resilience and security. Target changes also include networks as "platforms for innovation", capitalising on the move towards software implemented networks making possible to open networks to developers, with prospects for a renewed  competitive EU industrial landscape reflecting the growing importance of software in the telecom sector.In addition, the ever more powerful inexpensive components and processing power makes it possible to conceive new disruptive usages of optical and radio technologies, at frequency bands unused today, and with lower market entry barriers. The target changes are thus related to new innovative technological entrants with reduced market cycles.

Mandate: 
Article 179 of the Treaty on the functioning of the EU asserts that the Union has the objective of strengthening its scientific and technological bases by achieving a European research area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely, and encouraging it to become more competitive, including in its industry, while promoting all the research activities deemed necessary by virtue of other Chapters of the Treaties. The subsequent Council Decision of 3 December 2013 (2013/743/EU) establishing the Specific Programme implementing Horizon 2020 states as part of the identified activities: "The objective is to reinforce the competitiveness of European industry in developing, mastering and shaping the next generation Internet that will gradually replace and surpass the current Web, fixed and mobile networks and service infrastructures, and enable the interconnection of trillions of devices … This includes R&I on networks …, wireless communication and all optical networks." The SP text also includes provision for the implementation of a Public Private Partnership in the Future Internet area, which materialises through implementation of the 5G PPP of this priority. This priority will also boldly contribute to other policy objectives: i) H2020 innovation; ii) Digital Single Market iii)spectrum policy iv) standardisation; v) international cooperation

Input

Full-Time Equivalent: 
16.5
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Budget: 
Horizon 2020 programme foresees first tranche of spending of around € 54 million (years 2014-15) for ICT5 and ICT6 and first committed tranche for ICT14, 5G-PPP is €125 ml (years 2014-15)
Other: 

Market information and research data on networks.

Outputs

Project portfolio

Coherent project portfolio meeting the vision, the roadmap, the negotiated KPI's, the downstream policy issues (e.g. spectrum and standards) and the work programme leading to advanced infrastructure with ultrahigh broadband access.

Timeframe: 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020

Indicators

130

Industry participation

Target Large Industry led actions: 35% (Large)/12% (SME)-2014, 40% (Large)/15% (SME)-2016, 40% (Large)/20% (SME)-2020 and Small disruptive actions: 12% (SME)-2014, 15% (SME)-2016, 20% (SME)-2020
Baseline 28% Large, 9% SME (2012)
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Patent applications and patents awarded in the different enabling and industrial technologies

Target 3 patent applications per 10 € million funding
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Number of Ph.D. thesis from research projects

Target 2-4 per project
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Number of joint public-private publications

Target 5-10 per project
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Number of publications in peer-reviewed high impact journals and number and quality of conference/workshops papers and proceedings

Target 5-10 per project
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Results/Impacts

Demonstrators and technology validation

Demonstrators and technology validation for the deployment of the next generation of ubiquitous flexible networks in Europe improving multiple usages and capability of personalization of usage (coordination with E4)

Indicators

214

Full integrated demo

Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Prototypes and subsystems

Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Improvement of efficiency rates

Improvement of efficiency rates of future networks (e.g. spectrum, energy efficiency, radiation) able to cope with forecasted traffic increase.

Indicators

213

Deployed Radio efficiency

Target 3 b/s/Hz-2016, 5 b/s/Hz-2020
Baseline 2 b/s/Hz (2012)
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Speed (Core, max. per fibre)

Target 400 Gb/s-2016, 1 Tb/s-2020
Baseline 100 Gb/s (2012)
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Speed (Access, max. per user)

Target 1 Gb/s-2016, 10 Gb/s-2020
Baseline 100 Mb/s (2012)
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Network energy efficiency

Target 1055 J/Mb-2016, 59 J/Mb-2020
Baseline 1800 J/Mb (2012)
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Maintain competiveness

Maintain competiveness of EU manufacturers in network equipment

Timeframe: 40%-2020

Indicators

210

Share of global market that is accessed by EU manufacturers in network equipment (lead indicator)

Target 40% (estimated) (2020)
Baseline 40% (estimated) (2012)
Source

The 2012 baseline was obtained by merging several sources (official statistics such as NACE (26.3) and Eurostats, and studies from Gartner). The same or similar sources (in that case, the data will be checked for consistency) will be used to determine the progress of the indicator on an annual basis for the year x-1.

Spin-offs and start-ups incubated

Spin-offs and start-ups incubated through R&D projects leading to SMEs adopting new business models and opening up of new markets.

Indicators

217

Number of spin-offs and start-ups

Target At least 1 for every 2 projects (After 2 years of finalization)
Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission

Standardization

Globally accepted standardization set for ubiquitous access to broadband and optical communications under the appropriate standardization bodies (ETSI, 3GPP, IETF, ITU):

  1. Wireless beyond 4G (covering layer 1 to 3)
  2. 10 GB/s optical access (including unbundling of the access loop)
  3. Integrated resource management for both wireless and optical access.

Indicators

211

Testing of subsystems

Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission and the standardisation bodies

Specifications

Source

Reports from projects and studies performed by the Commission and the standardisation bodies

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 75% of the population aged 20-64 should be employed Europe 2020
  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • Europe 2020 - Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 20% compared to 1990. The share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption should be increased to 20%. Energy efficiency should improve by 20%
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades