European SME Expertise in 5G and Beyond 2023

The 6G-IA, which is proud to have more than 110 SME members, is driving 6G research in Europe. Together with the European Commission, the 6G-IA is running the 6G Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS-JU). This major research program will invest at least 1.8 billion Euros over its eight-year timeframe and aims to bring technological leadership to Europe in the vital area of 6G. In the context of the SNS-JU and the previous 5G research program 5G-PPP, the 6G-IA has been active in trying to ensure a high SME participation. This has become a key goal of both partnerships because SMEs are recognized as the catalyst for innovation. Their ability for “out of the box” thinking and their agility to rapidly develop and test ideas in multiple sectors, have been important assets in the industrial digitization of the so-called vertical industries. Joining forces between SMEs and the key ICT companies has been one of the key factors driving the overall success of the 5G PPP programme.

Find more information and our partners participation here.


The Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) is pleased to unveil the selection of its new 27 research, innovation, and trial projects that will commence operations as of 1 January 2024. These projects represent a significant stride towards advancing smart networks and services, offering breakthrough innovations, experimental platforms and large-scale trials, driving world-class research and shaping the world’s digital connected future.

Erzsébet Fitori, the new SNS JU Executive Director, announced the newly selected projects today in her keynote at the 5G Techritory 2023 event.

In its second phase, the SNS JU is moving towards more detailed design and system optimisation while integrating micro-electronics and sustainability as core dimensions. The aim is to build first-class 6G technology capacities across Europe and to strongly contribute to standardisation efforts. With an EU budget of €130 million, this second call will further support and accelerate ground-breaking research in 6G technologies throughout Europe and beyond. International collaboration is key to achieving a globally accepted 6G standard. One project that was selected focuses on EU-US research cooperation.

The SNS JU now counts a portfolio of 62 research, innovation, and trials projects, with 27 new projects selected following the evaluation of proposals submitted under the SNS JU second call. The 27 projects announced today launch the second phase of the SNS Roadmap, which will be further expanded with the future 3rd and 4th SNS JU Calls and the resulting projects that will kickstart their activities within 2025 and 2026 respectively. The launch of the new projects follows the formal decision of the SNS JU Governing Board. You may find out more here:

5GPPP Newsletter #32

The latest 5GPPP Newsletter is now available! The year 2024 will mark the end of the 5G PPP, the aim of which was to secure Europe’s leadership in specific areas where Europe is strong or where there was potential to create new markets, such as smart cities, e-health, intelligent transport, education or entertainment and media. The 5G PPP has helped reinforce the European industry to successfully compete on global markets and open new innovation opportunities. You may find it online here:

EuCNC & 6G Summit 2024

The 2024 EuCNC & 6G Summit builds on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC, in its 33rd edition of a series, supported by the European Commission; the 6G Summit, in its 6th edition, originated from the 6G Flagship programme in Finland, one of the very first in its area. The conference is sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) and supported by the European Commission. The conference addresses various aspects of Beyond 5G/6G communications systems and networks.  It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 700 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, to present and discuss the latest results, and an exhibition with more than 50 exhibitors, for demonstrating the technology developed in the area, namely within research projects from EU R&I programmes. 

Deliverable 5.6 “Network App Certification andRelease to Marketplace (Final)”

The ultimate objective of EVOLVED-5G project and WP5, more specifically, is to Certify the Network Applications developed in the Project and release them to the Marketplace. Thus, the current document “Network App Certification and Release to Marketplace (Final)” provides details on the Certification Process defined in EVOLVED-5G It outlines the establishment of a Certification Pipeline for implementation and delves into the subsequent Release of certified Network Applications to the Marketplace Moreover, the document provides details on each of the certification tests implemented and the tools used to build these tests, the generation of the Certification Report and the integration with the Open Repository, and finally, describes the lifecycle of the Network Applications in the Marketplace, describing the Release process, the
upgrades and deprecation of Network Applications.

5GPPP newsflash #84

The latest 5GPPP newsflash is out! Access it and learn all about the final activities related to the 5G community. Find it online here:

3GPP SA6 Meeting

During 3GPP SA6 last November, EVOLVED-5G project was mentioned during 3GPP presentation as a CAPIF adoption & promotion initiative.
This is an exceptional recognition from the 3GPP community about the project’s contribution in embracing CAPIF!

EVOLVED-5G Service Package Video

The EVOLVED-5G Service Package is a software bundle to facilitate developers for the creation, verification, validation and certification of Network Applications. It is Virtual Machine (VM) as a downloadable package to be installed for local use. The EVOLVED-5G Service Package ease and allows developers to initiate in the development of Network Applications. Within this VM, the developer can interact with the Dummy Network Application to understand how a Network Application does the network communication with NEF and TSN through CAPIF. The EVOLVED-5G Service Package includes: 1) An SDK including libraries and a Command Line Interface (CLI) tool, that enables developers for:a) The creation of a Network Application repository where they can create their own code / Network Application by making use of the SDK libraries.b) The generation of Network Applications from a template using the CLI tool. c) Verify, validate and certify in a virtualized environment using the CLI tool by launching different pipelines, the Network Application interaction with NEF and the TSN service exposure through CAPIF. 2) Dummy Network Application, an example of Network Application that illustrates the behavioural functionalities that a Network Application must have in the EVOLVED-5G environment. Developers can view and change the code of the Dummy Network Application to create their own. They can also run the different verification pipelines against the Dummy Network Application. 3) NEF services, that emulate the Northbound APIs of 3GPP’s Network Exposure Function (NEF) so developers can check the Network Application interaction with NEF. Three APIs have been implemented to be used by Network Apps: Location, Connection monitoring and QoS Awareness. 4) CAPIF services implement the core function of the Common API Framework, specified in 3GPP Rel. 17. By using these services, Network Applications are aligned with the related standard, i.e., they adopt an interoperable and secure way to interact with APIs exposed by API providers that reside at the mobile network (e.g., NEF). 5) TSN Frontend, that exposes an API to request network configurations related to TSN and deterministic communication. There is a set of pre-defined configurations which can then be customized by developers. Developers can download the VM from a link shared in the Wiki ( and import it to their preferred hypervisor. This video acts as guidelines to the installation process. Find the video online here: 

Common API framework at

The New ETSI group to build on 3GPP’s Common API framework has been featured in the mobileeurope website. You may find more information online here:

InfoCom World 2023

EVOLVED-5G project is at InfoCom World 2023 announcing the EVOLVED-5G Service Pack! Our project is represented by our Technical Managers. This year’s conference focuses on Artificial Intelligence, highlighting its most significant aspects, the value of its applications, and the impact it now has on all vertical markets.


The last EVOLVED-5G newsletter is now available. In this issue you may find all about information for the October – December 2023 period. The Newsletter is available online here: 

5GPPP Infrastructure Trials and Pilots brochure #4

The 5GPPP Infrastructure Trials and Pilots brochure #4 is out! In case you might be interested you may check here:

CSCN 2023

George Makropoulos from NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”​ presented on November, the EVOLVED-5G papers entitled “Exploiting Core Openness as Native-AI Enabler for Optimized UAV Flight Path Selection” and “A Chatbot Assistant for Optimizing the Fault Detection and Diagnostics of Industry 4.0 Equipment in the 6G era”. The paper was presented in the context of IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (CSCN 2023).

Νewsflash Ιssue 82

The latest 5GPPP newsflash issue (#82) is now available! In this issue the official launch of the Open Capif is featured along with all the latest news on 5G related projects. Find it online here:

EVOLVED-5G Service Package

The EVOLVED-5G Service Package is a software bundle to facilitate developers for the creation,
verification, validation and certification of Network Applications. It is Virtual Machine (VM) as a
downloadable package to be installed for local use. The EVOLVED-5G Service Package eases and allows
developers to initiate in the development of Network Applications. Within this VM, the developer can
interact with the Dummy Network Application to understand how a Network Application does the
network communication with NEF and TSN through CAPIF. You may find more information here:

EVOLVED-5G project use case: 5G for remote assistance with mixed reality

Combining 5G and augmented reality for remote assistance? It is now possible with the application developed by Immersion during the EVOLVED-5G European project. Discover how to provide optimal user experience thanks to real-time adaptations to the state of the 5G network. You may find the video online here:

EVOLVED-5G 11th Plenary Meeting

The 11th plenary meeting of EVOLVED-5G took place earlier today. This time, partners met online to discuss the current status of the project and set the pace for the final period.

Developing new use cases in robotics through EU projects

An article by PAL Robotics was released, showcasing the EVOLVED-5G’s scope and achievements. You may find it online here:

Open Source Common API Framework (CAPIF)

Are you interested in the CAPIF Framework? Then you have to read the latest EVOLVED-5G article mentioning the capabilities of the CAPIF Framework. Find it online here:

ETSI Software Development Group OpenCAPIF

TSI Software Development Group OpenCAPIF (SDG OCF) is developing an open-source Common API
Framework, as defined by 3GPP, allowing to expose and consume APIs in a secure and consistent way.
The group liaises with relevant standards bodies and projects working on network transformation such as
the 3GPP, TM Forum, ETSI ZSM, ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, OpenSourceMANO, TeraFlowSDN and OpenSlice.
OpenCAPIF results from EU Research project EVOLVED-5G project. ETSI Members and non-member
organizations join ETSI OpenCAPIF by signing the SDG OCF Agreement. Participation is free for ETSI
members, SMEs, Universities, Public Research Bodies and User and Trade Associations. Individual
Contributors and Users can create an Individual Account. Individual Contributors shall accept the
Individual Contributor License Agreement. You may find out more here:

5GPPP “Programmatic operation projects heritage and interactions” white paper

The 5GPPP “Programmatic operation projects heritage and interactions” white paper is now available! Access it and find about the EVOLVED-5G contributions. Find it online here:

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme comprises 93 projects (listed in Section “Editors and Champions”) organized in three distinctive phases, namely specification, development and experimentation/pilots. Almost all PPP projects have now completed their work, with few remaining Phase 3 projects running until beginning of 2024. The 93 PPP projects achieved outstanding results and impact, as it has been regularly highlighted in the PPP Programme ( and the corresponding project websites. The PPP projects have created a plethora of advanced European telecommunication solutions. They also ensured an extremely high momentum and dynamism for the actual trials of these solutions as well as the further development of 5G systems on the road towards 6G networks, including 6G Smart Networks and Services (SNS) Joint Undertaking (JU). The broader context and overall panoramic perspective of the progress and achievements that the 5G Infrastructure PPP Programme has produced can be directly accessed on the PPP website, in the PPP Verticals Cartography, through specific White Papers and via the multiple webinars organized by the 5G PPP at the Programme and projects levels. Given the vast amount of work being carried out by the portfolio of 5G Infrastructure PPP projects, this PPP Projects Heritage Brochure and related Heritage Figure are summarizing the interconnections between the PPP projects under three specific categories: 1. Projects follow-up (captured in orange solid lines in the figure), 2. Components use/re-use (captured in light blue dashed lines in the figure) and 3. ICT-19 Verticals Pilots / ICT-17 Platforms use (captured in dark blue dashed lines in the figure). The work is consolidating and concluding the initial work achieved with the PPP Heritage Figure Version n°1 released in June 2020 ( and that was one of the PPP “Reference” Figures, widely used to depict the Programmatic connections between projects.

EVOLVED-5G Accelerator Demo Day

EVOLVED-5G Accelerator Demo Day, took place on 16th of October. It was a very successful event with interesting presentations and panel discussions. In case you missed you may access the video here:

“Innovation Trends in I4.0 enabled by 5G and Beyond Networks” White Paper

The 5GPPP White Paper entitled “Innovation Trends in I4.0 enabled by 5G and Beyond Networks” is now available! Access it and learn all about EVOLVED-5G contributions here:

First of all, this whitepaper provides a 360-degree perspective on I4.0 design principles, drivers and trends – most of them supported or even directly enabled by 5G-, that stems directly from the sustained and tight cooperation of major I4.0 leaders with key industrial and academic contributors to 5G development across a handful of research and innovation projects backed specifically by the EU 5G-PPP (5GPublic Private Partnership) programme. Secondly, a further step into segmenting, staging and assessing the applicability of 5G and beyond technologies for the short and mid-term challenges of I4.0 is taken, by giving directly the voice to the I4.0 stakeholders engaged in these 5G-PPP projects and, then, extracting from their inputs collective highlights that could serve as a compass for focusing new ecosystem-based initiatives and for drawing new research policies in the field. The survey (see Annex II) conducted by this joint initiative has polled on the competitive advantages, applications and areas of interest for the adoption of 5G in their plans, the expected adoption and transition timelines, the identification of critical 5G network services for their applications, the importance of human-machine collaboration, the investment model that best matches their industry needs, the key requirements and expectations for non-public 5G networks, and the requirements for security and privacy, having been answered by eleven distinct responders holding key responsibility in the I4.0 roadmap within their organizations. Thirdly, a glimpse into some key evolving and new disruptive technological aspects around 5G evolution to 6G (Sixth Generation), such as Deterministic Networking, Non-Public Networks and Digital Twining, that are already being addressed by – among other EU 6G IA (Industry Association) SNS (Smart Network and Services) projects- Predict6G project is included, with the ambition of stretching the line of sight of this report into longer term synergies between I4.0 with 5G. Finally, the report also tries to derive from the experience and learnings about the influence of ecosystem dynamics, regulation, exploitation and sustainability of results, and public research policies and programmes, an outlook into the future on the expected evolution in such aspects along with a few suggestions and recommendations that could facilitate the successful completion of the journey of adoption of 5G for I4.0.

“5G and B5G NEF exposure capabilities towards an Industrial IoT use case” Conference Paper

EVOLVED-5G conference paper entitled “5G and B5G NEF exposure capabilities towards an Industrial IoT use case” is now available!
Given the large amount of data usage and diverse business models in the current market, 5G and B5G networks are forecasted to manage and support a variety of new business solutions with respect to high-performance needs, while also allowing existing services to be enhanced and optimized. One effective way to accomplish this is by fully utilizing the network’s openness and programmability in terms of both business and technical level coordination. A cornerstone to the above mentioned premise is the implementation of the Network Exposure Function (NEF) interfaces that are required in order for NEF to expose the standardized APIs. In this context, the paper presents the concept of network exposure via a simulation tool that enables application developers to experiment with the northbound APIs under a simulated and configurable environment. Moreover, the required software that interacts with the exposed APIs, namely the Network Application, is introduced and validated on top of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) use case, which falls under the scope of the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 concept.

Find it online here:

GMI & Cosmote Demonstration

On 2nd of August, GMI demonstrated the AERO composites repair physical/digital twin network application at COSMOTE’s research labs. It was not just a leap into the future and a successful dissemination event of the EVOLVED-5G Project.

Special thanks to the GMI AERO team for bringing their impressive ANITA Hot Bonder for the demo from France, and to the FRONT group of NCSR “Demokritos” for their invaluable support for the implementation of the use case in our labs as part of the EVOLVED-5G Project platform validation activities.