Bold 5G initiatives in both EU and Japan open industrial collaboration prospects to further progress with the objective of developing common positions, standards and interoperable systems for critical networks and computing platforms. Proposals with balanced participation of EU and Japanese partners should make a substantial contribution to the identified themes indicating the benefits of a joint effort.
Progress on standards related technologies and system approaches are needed to realise 5G radio access and include ultra-lean signalling design, new spectrum and access methods, massive MIMO, a new air interface, and SON. It also requires to further valorise the themes made in the first two EU-Japan coordinated calls with co-funding scheme between EC and MIC/NICT, to achieve high speed/high capacity dense local networks and user environments. Unified network management applying SDN/NFV techniques is directly applicable in the context of this challenge
Research and Innovation Actions
Two aspects that are complementing each other are in scope:
Sharing the results in common testbeds and applications may be targeted, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be considered as a deployment scenario of 5G networks or technologies.
A strong focus should be given towards a common standardization roadmap for 5G which may start with 3GPP R14, including coordinated and common standards in the SDN/NFV domain. Standardization impact through EU and Japanese research efforts are addressed through H2020 as well as 5GMF (5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum) and should also be relevant in the context of the WRC’19 5G spectrum process.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU up to EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately by two distinct projects. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one action per bullet point will be funded.