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5G HarmoniseD Research and TrIals for serVice Evolution between EU and China – is a Research and Innovation Action, running from 2018 to 2021, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme.

5G-DRIVE will trial and validate the interoperability between EU & China 5G networks operating at 3.5 GHz bands for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and 3.5 & 5.9 GHz bands for V2X scenarios. 5G-DRIVE involves 17 European partners from 11 countries and different sectors.

Word from the Coordinator

The project is now about to enter into its final phase as only nine months remaining project time is ahead of us. The second project review has just been organised back in May – all in virtual mode due to the current restrictions – and although the official report has not been received from the EC yet we are confident that it was passed successfully, with appreciation of the achieved results and also some recommendations regarding the further work.

While probably most projects that have trialling activities in their workplan have been hit by the restrictions related to the current pandemic – due to the closure of trial sites – for 5G-DRIVE it has become particularly challenging regarding the performing of joint trials with the Chinese twin project. While the eMBB trials have had already good progress before the restrictions were imposed, it is getting extremely challenging for performing joint V2X trials and plans are about to be updated. The planned contingency is that trials will be performed separately in China and Europe but detailed plans, settings and most of all the results will be exchanged electronically to allow for some form of comparison and assessment.

I’d like to mention as well the work on 5G technology and service innovation which looks beyond current 5G standardised technology is progressing well and draft reports have been prepared that although not being available publicly show interesting results e.g. on a highly efficient and flexible DSP-assisted fronthaul, SDN-based fronthaul, or O-RAN extensions for multi-tenancy and network slicing.

Stay tuned for more news and enjoy reading our newsletter.

Uwe Herzog
5G-DRIVE Coordinator, Eurescom

COVID-19 News

Outlook for 4G and 5G with COVID-19 and climate change

Under the COVID-19 pandemic, all telecommunications, including mobile and 5G are facing the challenges of delaying the action for 5G network across European countries. According to the RCR Wireless News, the COVID-19 is causing short-term reductions in supply and demand for mobile devices. In fact, some indications are that mobile device usage has increased, while fixed networks and WiFi connections to them have accommodated most of the traffic growth. For example, South African operator Vodacom claims fixed and mobile network traffic have increased 250% and 40%, respectively, during the COVID-19 lockdown. Huawei claims a 30% increase in mobile Internet traffic in China. The author stated that despite the crisis, more mobile devices are used—over WiFi or 4G/5G connections, increasing the greater the demand for upgrades, pass-on of old devices to other family members and to replace devices that break. Therefore, the demand for 5G devices has been growing up.

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5G myths, debunked: 5G doesn't cause COVID-19 and won't replace 4G

According to the articles from CNET, 5G is live in many countries including the US, the UK and Australia. But as the new network rolls out, many misconceptions and confusion around the technology remain. One of the main concern would be the 5G safety that network's radio frequency will be unsafe. The second concern is about 5G linked to COVID-19. Some conspiracy theorists posited the idea that 5G is the cause of the virus. However, according to scientists, health experts and doctors, the new coronavirus is the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, and is spread through person-to-person contact, not 5G networks or radio waves. The last concern is about will 5G replace 4G? It stated that 5G is not replacing 4G altogether. Rather, it's building on top of existing 4G networks.

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5G-DRIVE project updates

5G-DRIVE organised 2nd Workshop at IEEE 5G World Forum 2019

5G-DRIVE organised its second workshop at IEEE 5G World Forum 2019 in Dresden, Germany on October 1st, 2019. The workshop included keynote speeches by Michael Meyer (Ericsson) and Didier Bourse (Nokia). The workshop also included three paper sessions with a total of nine presentations, and two panel discussions focused on key 5G topics.

The workshop brought experts from industry, academia and research together to exchange their vision and achievements towards 5G, and encourage innovative cross-domain studies, research, early deployment and large-scale pilot showcases that address the challenges of 5G.

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5G-DRIVE joint meeting with Chinese twin project

5G-DRIVE partners gathered in the UK between December 3rd and 5th, 2019 to meet a visiting delegation of the twin Chinese project led by China Mobile. The Chinese delegation included China Mobile, Huawei, Ericsson, Datang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Shanghai Automobile City.

China Mobile presented the main findings from its large scale 5G trials in China. Huawei, Ericsson, and Datang provided their recent activities in 5G and V2X. 5G-DRIVE project reported the progress and findings from its 5G eMBB and V2X trials. The joint AR trial and eMBB field test were organized by University of Surrey in the last day of the meeting. Two projects witnessed fruitful results from joint trials and cooperation on eMBB topics, further discussed the challenges and opportunities for V2X and research-topic cooperation.

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5G-DRIVE workshop on V2X

5G-DRIVE organised the workshop in Tampere on 17th December, 2019, hosted by and organised in cooperation with Tampere University. The main objective of the workshop was to showcase 5G-DRIVE’s key outcomes, progresses and plans on the V2X topics half way through the project, including joint trialling activities with the Chinese twin project led by China Mobile.

The workshop took the opportunity of and co-locate with ITS Factory 2nd Development Forum to meet and share ideas with key stakeholders that come from a nice mixture of industry and research background, with a focus on engaging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The workshop itself was composed of two major parts of interaction with our audience: workshop / seminar: featuring keynote speakers and a panel discussion; and outdoor demonstration.

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5G-Drive started 2020 with a project meeting in Zurich

5G-DRIVE organized the project meeting on January 27-29 in Zurich, hosted by Martel GmbH. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the progress made in recent months, particularly regarding to the eMBB and V2X trials.

Partners provided an overview and discussed the progress made across all work packages, particularly regarding the eMBB and V2X activities.

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5G-DRIVE project upcoming activities

5G-DRIVE 4th project workshop to be held at IEEE ICC online (June 2020)

5G-DRIVE will organise its 4th project workshop at IEEE ICC online in June 2020. The topic of the workshop will be focusing on 5G Long Term Evolution and Intelligent Communication. This workshop aims to gather researchers, industry partners, and users to present and debate these challenges through the aspects of 5G new technologies, trial measurements. The keynote speakers include Prof. Geoffrey Ye Li, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, who will deliver a presentation on Deep Learning in Communications, as well as Dr. Zhibo Pang, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden, who will present wireless for critical control in industrial systems: requirements, gaps, and research directions.

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5G-DRIVE 5th project workshop to be held at IEEE 5G World Forum online (September 2020)

5G-DRIVE will organise its 5th project workshop at IEEE 5G World Forum online in September 2020. The topic of the workshop will be focusing on 5G Validation Trials Across Multiple Vertical Industries, aiming to bring experts from industry, academia and research to exchange their vision as well as their achieved advances towards 5G and encourage innovative cross-domain studies, research, early deployment and large-scale pilot showcases that address the challenges of 5G. The workshop will also invite keynote speakers, Gerhard P. Fettweis, Technische Universität Dresden; Dr. Chih-Lin I, China Mobile; Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal, National Science Foundation and Dr. Monisha Ghosh, Federal Communications Commission. The forum will offer an outstanding opportunity to showcase products and applications to a vibrant and engaged audience and provides an ideal platform.

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Final project event at China Mobile’s Annual Stakeholders Conference in Guangzhou (November 2020)

5G-DRIVE will organise its final project event at China Mobile’s Annual Stakeholders Conference in Guangzhou, November 2020.


New 5G-DRIVE brochure released

The new 5G-DRIVE brochure has been published. Read the brochure to obtain the latest information on the 5G-DRIVE project, covering project objectives EU-China collaboration on 5G, 5G research topics being done in collaboration with China, EMBB trial results achieved, V2X trial results achieved and Impact already achieved.

Download the brochure here

5G-DRIVE project video

The video provides viewers with a general overview of the objectives of the project, the eMBB and V2X scenarios being addressed in the project, as well as a quick overview of the characteristics of the three trial sites in Ispra, Espoo and Surrey.

Watch it here

Launch of 5G-DRIVE Public Consultation

The 5G DRIVE project team are launching a consultation, targeted at an expert audience about the development of the 5G eMBB and V2X markets in Europe and China. We welcome all input via the online survey, link below. The deadline for contributions is July 15th 2020.

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If you would prefer to discuss your inputs with the project team, the contact person for this public consultation is Emily Hemmings, Manager, ERTICO ITS-Europe (e.hemmings@mail.ertico.com). The findings of this public consultation will be summarised and shared with contributors.

5G-DRIVE trial activities

EU-China V2X trials taking steps forward

5G-DRIVE is already in the implementation phase and will be executing the test sessions between September 2019 and June 2020 in Europe (Italy and Finland) and China (Shanghai and/or Wuxi). The test scenarios will address network accessibility, latencies and V2X messages. The tests on the European side are slightly more application orientated, addressing the demands of automated driving scenarios. However, the China twin project is more orientated for network support functionalities in transport applications.

The first test setups were realised in May 2019 to verify the test setup and equipment. Further developments were done, particularly developing applications tailored to measure the connected and automated driving scenarios. V2I communication testing is planned based on 5G networks using 2,6 GHz, 3,5 GHz and 5,9 GHz radio modules. The aim is to exploit PC5 based vehicle-2-vehicle communication units for having direct UE links between cars for minimising latency variation caused by network infrastructure.

5G-DRIVE publications

Catch up on scientific publications

Over the past 12 months, partners have prepared, submitted and seen approved various scientific publications to some of the most prestigious international journals and conferences. 5G-DRIVE is keen on ensuring that scientific work is made available to all those interested. You can consult the publications on our website.


5G-DRIVE event participation

5G-DRIVE partners have been active in participating and disseminating the project across a variety of different events. Read below a few of the key events we’d like to highlight.

5G-DRIVE at the ITU event

5G-DRIVE was present at ITU event on V2X. IPv6 — crucial for security in Autonomous driving: Many countries are still at the transition phase from IPv4 to IPv6, and according to Latif Ladid, Founder & President of the IPv6 Forum, 3GPP Board Member and Research Fellow at the University of Luxembourg, this continued use of IPv4 has implications for cybersecurity. Ladid warned that car manufacturers still using IPv4 are more at risk of being hacked, saying that top-level car manufacturers are unaware of the dangers of this and that “capacity building at a top level on IPv6 is important.” The United States Government recently announced its intention to gradually migrate to IPv6‑only systems, and by 2025 at least 80% of the US Government will be using IPv6 only.


5G-DRIVE at the Workshop on European Research Support to Global Standardization

5G-DRIVE was present at the Workshop on European Research Support to Global Standardization, which took place on March 3, 2020 at ITU. Partner UL presented the project, delivering a 5G-DRIVE presentation to SDOs, European and International organizations.

5G-DRIVE at the Future Networked Car Symposium by ITU and UN Economic Commission for Europe

5G-DRIVE was represented at the Future Networked Car Symposium, bringing together representatives of the automotive, information technology, and communications industries, along with government leaders, to discuss the status and future of vehicle communications and automated driving, which took place on 5 March 2020 in the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

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The 5G-DRIVE project receives funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme – grant agreement no. 814956. The European Commission has no responsibility for the contents of this press release.


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