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CONFIG project: Huawei and European partners join forces for the definition of 5G Network Convergent Architecture


09 Dec 2015


Innovation & Enterprise
Science & Policymaking
[Munich, Germany, 7 December 2015] During the preparation of the first phase of the research and innovation projects of the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) within the Horizon2020 framework, from a Deutsche Telekom’s initiative, the CONFIG consortium was built. CONFIG project, running without public EU funding, aims at defining next generation convergent network architecture from a holistic perspective. Huawei, selected as Technical Manager, is among the key players of the project, together with other world class network operators and vendors.
A group of 14 leading players within the 5G-PPP, including world class network operators, vendors, research institutes, universities and SMEs, are joining forces in an ambitious research project aiming at defining next generation convergent network architecture. Focusing on Core Network, and leveraging on consolidating SDN and NFV technologies, the CONFIG (Control Networks in Five G) project targets the definition and design of a clean slate 5G Control Plane, allowing the integration of heterogeneous access networks and the support of services and applications for next generation devices.
Appointed Technical Manager for the project, Huawei play a leading role in a consortium made by major European partners, including network operators (Deutsche Telekom, the Project Coordinator, Orange and Telenor), vendors (Thales Communications, NEC), SMEs (UBITECH, B-com) academic institutions and research institutes (Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Eurescom, IMinds, I2Cat).
The project will be developed in three phases. Starting from the analysis of 5G Use Cases and System Requirements, CONFIG will conceive 5G Convergent System Concepts and Intelligent Connectivity solutions. The project will complete with the development of Proof of Concepts and 5G Control Plane Prototypes. Notably, one of the key goals of CONFIG is to Lead Standardisation Future Paths, delivering concepts and results, and trying to influence SDOs active on 5G technologies. 
In addition to this project, Huawei is forging ahead with its other European 5G initiatives, within and beyond the 5G-PPP framework. The Huawei European Research Centre (ERC), which has been constantly growing since its foundation in 2007, is currently planning significant investments into experimentation and trials targeting vertical markets of the digital society beyond 2020. Huawei ERC is a key contributor in the 5G-PPP framework and is currently participating in five EU-funded projects.
About Huawei 
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Huawei’s 170 000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. 
Huawei currently has over 9900 staff based in Europe, of whom 1200 are working in R&D. We run 18 R&D sites located in eight European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and operate numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners.
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