5G-CORAL Press Release

European and Taiwanese industrial and academic partners join to develop a 5G Convergent Virtualised Radio Access Network Living at the Edge

 The 5G-CORAL project, part of the European H2020 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) Infrastructure, aims at delivering a convergent 5G multi-RAT access through an integrated virtualised edge and fog solution that is flexible, scalable, and interoperable with other domains including transport (fronthaul, backhaul), core and clouds.

Madrid, Spain – September 2017

A consortium of European and Taiwanese industrial and academic partners launched its activities towards the development of a system model that includes use cases, requirements, architecture, and business models. The consortium comprises 10 partners, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Ericsson AB, InterDigital Europe, Telecom Italia, Telcaria Ideas, SICS Swedish ICT AB, Azcom Technology, Industrial Technology Research Institute Incorporated, ADLINK, National Chiao Tung University. The 24-month project, which started on 1st September 2017, received a grant of 2.49 M€ from the European Commission.

5G-CORAL project leverages on the pervasiveness of edge and fog computing in the Radio Access Network (RAN) to create a unique opportunity for access convergence. This is envisioned by the means of an integrated and virtualised networking and computing solution where virtualised functions, context-aware services, and user and third-party applications are blended together to offer enhanced connectivity and better quality of experience. The proposed solution contemplates two major building blocks:

  • the Edge and Fog computing System (EFS) subsuming all the edge and fog computing substrate offered as a shared hosting environment for virtualised functions, services, and applications; and
  • the Orchestration and Control System (OCS) responsible for managing and controlling the EFS, including its interworking with other (non-EFS) domains.

5G-CORAL project will be validated in three testbeds (i) shopping mall in Taiwan, (ii) high-speed train in Taiwan, and (iii) connected cars in Taiwan and Italy.

For more information, please contact:

Project Coordinator:

Antonio de la Oliva (aoliva@it.uc3m.es)

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Press Release 5G-CORAL in pdf

New ETSI MEC Work Item on support for network slicing created from 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL

5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL through their partners NEC, InterDigital, Telefonica, EURECOM, ITRI and with the support of UC3M, have contributed significantly to create a new ETSI MEC Work ITEM.

The Work Item aims to study the support of network slices in MEC, fundamental aspect addressed by both projects.

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5G-CORAL co-organised The First International Workshop on Edge and Fog Systems for 5G & Beyond (IWEF)

The First International Workshop on Edge and Fog Systems for 5G & Beyond (IWEF) will be held in Barcelona, Spain on April 15, 2018 in conjunction with IEEE WCNC 2018.


Prof. Ying-Dar Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Prof. Ying-Dar Lin is a distinguished professor of Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. He is an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer (2014~2017), and a research associate of ONF. He has been the editor-in-chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials since 2017 and is currently on the editorial boards of many IEEE journals. He has co-chaired symposia at IEEE Globecom’13 and IEEE ICC’15.

Dr. Arturo Azcorra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain
Dr. Arturo Azcorra is currently full professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and is also an IEEE Senior Member and an ACM SIGCOMM Member. He has served as a TPC member in many international conferences, including several editions of IEEE PROMS, IDMS, QofIS, ACM CoNEXT and IEEE INFOCOM.

Dr. Alain Mourad, InterDigital Europe Ltd, UK
Dr. Alain Mourad is currently leading the research and development of Next-Generation RAN at InterDigital Europe Ltd. Prior to joining InterDigital, Alain was a Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D (UK) and previously a Senior Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (France). Throughout his career, he has been active in the research and standardization of recent wireless communication and broadcasting systems (3GPP-LTE, WiMAX 16m, DVB-T2/NGH, ATSC 3.0). Alain has several inventions and authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. He received the Inventor of the Year Award from Samsung Electronics R&D UK twice in 2012 and 2013, and in 2016 InterDigital Non-Patent Innovation Award for the “idea, creation and execution of InterDigital Europe”.


Submission deadline: 2 November 2017
Author Notification: 15 December 2017
Final Manuscript: 12 January 2018

Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • 5G-EFS/MEC architecture and system framework
  • 5G-EFS/MEC use cases, deployment scenarios, and requirements
  • 5G-EFS/MEC experiments, testbeds and demonstrations
  • Business models involving all stakeholders of the 5G-EFS/MEC value chain
  • Cloud federation in 5G-EFS/MEC
  • Integration and interaction between EFS/MEC and central clouds
  • EFS/MEC applications and service provisioning
  • EFS/MEC function provisioning
  • Orchestration and control algorithms for EFS/MEC functions
  • Resource management and allocations for EFS/MEC
  • Network function virtualization (NFV) at EFS/MEC
  • Network slicing and multi-tenancy of EFS/MEC
  • EFS/SDN/NFV integration
  • Virtualization of radio access network functions in EFS/MEC
  • Multi-RAT convergence and network offloading
  • Software defined networking (SDN) for EFS/MEC
  • Switching designs to support 5G-EFS/MEC architectures
  • QoS and traffic engineering in EFS/MEC
  • Service mobility under the EFS/MEC framework
  • Security and privacy issues in EFS/MEC
  • Authentication, authorization and billing issues in EFS/MEC
  • Performance analysis and evaluation of EFS/MEC system

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5G-CORAL Kick-off Meeting

5G-CORAL: A 5G Convergent Virtualised Radio Access Network Living at the Edge, part of the European H2020 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) Infrastructure, held the Kick-off meeting in Taiwan on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September, 2017.

The 5G-CORAL consortium comprises 10 partners, including leading international vendors, operators, SMEs, and research institutes and universities:  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Ericsson AB, InterDigital Europe, Telecom Italia, Telcaria Ideas, SICS Swedish ICT AB, Azcom Technology, Industrial Technology Research Institute Incorporated, ADLINK and National Chiao Tung University.

5G-CORAL connect to the 5G world at TAIPEI 5G SUMMIT

Arturo Azcorra, full professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Institute IMDEA Networks director and one of the leading European experts in the fifth generation of mobile communication networks (5G), had been invited by the 5G Office of the Ministry of Economy of Taiwan to participate in the 4th Taipei 5G Summit “The Power of New Radio & Edge Intelligence”.

Arturo Azcorra presented 5G-Crosshaul Architecture, a key element of the 5G architecture at a global level that has being developed in this European project and is the basis of two other European projects: 5G-TRANSFORMER and 5G-CORAL.

The guest speaker program places Dr. Azcorra with other world 5G communications experts such as Dr. Ali Sadri, Senior Director of Intel, Pearse O’Donohue, Acting Director of Future Networks at DG Connect and Luis Jorge Romero, Director of ETSI.

Arturo Azcorra has an important role in European decision-making bodies working on the design of advanced next generation communication systems. He is Chairman of the European Technology Platform NetWorld2020 Expert Group, Member of the Board and Member of the Vision Group within the Infrastructure Partnership 5G, Vice President of 5TONIC Lab and Director of IMDEA Networks. The Institute is an associate member of the 5G PPP, an association that Azcorra helped to found, having been a member of its board during its initial period (2013-2015).

The fourth edition of the Taipei 5G summit took place in Taiwan the 12th and 13th of September 2017, in conjunction with the 21st World Information Technology Congress (WCIT). The summit introduced the current global 5G status and the development on Edge Computing, by bringing in notable industry specialists to share their vision on Edge Intelligence and the roadmap to 5G. In addition to how edge computing and applications will be enhanced in the 5G era, there was a stimulating panel discussion on topics as Automotive applications, IIoT, 5G Access, and how 5G collaboration with European standard institutes can contribute to realizing Edge Intelligence.