5G ESSENCE reaches its conclusion in Newcastle


The 5G ESSENCE project has finished, with several key stakeholders attending the BAPCO Satellite Series event in Newcastle at the end of November.

The project, in which BAPCO has been an important partner, commenced in June 2017, funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme. It demonstrated three examples of potential 5G use, including edge network acceleration in a sports stadium, in-flight entertainment/enhanced passenger services, and - most relevant for BAPCO - mission-critical applications for public safety.
Speaking of the project, coordinator Dr Ioannis Chochliouros of the Greek Telecommunications Organisation said: “I would like to express my sincere and profound congratulations to those involved for the excellent outcome. This has been a great achievement.”
BAPCO projects manager Paul Hirst said: “I’m delighted that we were able to demonstrate not only the benefits of network slicing in Newcastle, but also Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk, chat and localisation features, as well as the radio access technology scheduler test-bed.
“This is only part of the overall project but, as the last element to be demonstrated, it effectively marks its successful conclusion. It’s very pleasing that this took place at a BAPCO event, [thereby gaining access to] users and industrial organisations from the UK, as well as our international partners”.
In the context of the project, ESSENCE stands for ‘Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences.’
Consortium members present in Newcastle included Thales, IS-Wireless, the Internet Research Foundation, the Basque Country University Communications Engineering Department, and BAPCO. For more information on the project, visit www.5g-ppp.eu.

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