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The Horizon 2020 funded Affordable5G research project officially started on 8th September with a kick-off meeting (KOM) held online

Affordable5G aims at creating a 5G network that delivers a complete E2E and affordable solution covering the needs of private and enterprise networks through technical innovation spanning all parts of the network.

It includes cell densification, Remote Units/Distributed Units/Central Units RU/DU/CU split, hardware acceleration, edge computing and core network virtualization, seamlessly combined with the adoption of open solutions, such as O-RAN (Radio Access Network), MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) and open source MANO (Management and Orchestration) solutions, for cloud-native, micro-service deployments. The solution will be evaluated and validated in two vertical pilots related to emergency communications and smart cities.


Affordable5G gathers 17 partners from 10 European countries (Spain, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Cyprus, and France) and Israel who will work together for 2 years.

The Affordable5G consortium is a truly, multidisciplinary consortium, encompassing major industrial companies, SMEs and Research Institutions and Universities.
It brings together two large industrial service provider Partners: Atos, Cellnex and one big vendor: ADVA. They will transfer the Affordable5G results into provisioned services and products.

Part of the consortium are also 10 innovative SMEs: Martel, Accelleran, Athonet, Think Silicon, Ubiwhere, RunEL, Nemergent, 8bells, InCites and Nearby Computing; 4 Research Institutes and Universities: Malaga University, National & Kapodistrian University Of Athens, Fundació I2cat and Eurecom.