Press Release – 5G-Complete Project

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EU Project 5G-COMPLETE aims to revolutionize the 5G architecture, by efficiently combining compute and storage resource functionality over a unified ultra-high capacity converged digital/analog Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Radio Access Network (RAN)

Tuesday December 3rd, 2019: 5G-COMPLETE “A unified network, Computational and stOrage resource Management framework targeting end-to-end Performance optimization for secure 5G muLti-tEchnology and multi-Tenancy Environments”, a new EU-funded project under the H2020 ICT-20-2019-2020: 5G Long Term Evolution Call and the initiative of the 5G Public Private Partnership, was launched at November 1st 2019, aiming to revolutionize the 5G architecture, by efficiently combining compute and storage resource functionality over a unified ultra-high capacity converged digital/analog Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Radio Access Network (RAN). The project has duration of 3 years and a budget of € 5,966,087.50€. The project coordinator is the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems – National Technical University of Athens (GR) and it comprises a consortium of 13 partners across the whole value chain including hardware/software technology developers, component and system vendors and network providers (Institute of Communications & Computer Systems / National Technical University of Athens (GR), Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (GR), University of Bristol (UK), SIKLU Communication Ltd. (IL), Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications (GR), IHP GmbH – Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics /Leibniz-Institut Fuer Innovative Ikroelektronik (GE), Nextworks (IT), Mellanox Technologies Ltd (IL), ADVA Optical Networking SE (GE), Nubificus Ltd (UK), COSMOTE (GR), Orange S.A.(FR), Accelleran N.V. (BE))

5G-COMPLETE’s architecture combines a series of key technologies under a unique architectural proposition that brings together:

  1. the high capacity of digital/analog opticsand high-frequency radio
  2. the audacity of converged FiWi fronthauling,the spectral efficiency of analog modulation and coding schemes
  3. flexibility of mesh self-organized networks
  4. efficiency of high-speed and time-sensitive packet-switched transport,
  5. the rapid and cost-efficient service deployment through unikernel technology
  6. an enhanced security framework based on post-Quantum cryptosystems and QKD.

Empowered by its ambitious vision, 5G- Complete aims to merge the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Cloud complementary forces under a common flexible, profitable and energy-efficient RAN infrastructure, being able of synergistically exploiting Computing, Access and Storage services in order to effectively respond to the emerging mobile data deluge.

ICCS/NTUA, apart from the role of the project coordinator, is responsible for the development of DSP algorithms tools and libraries supporting broad 5G-compatible radio suited for mmWaves/THz frequency band, the design and implementation of a novel ROADM node and the development of a Post-Quantum and QKD-enabled security framework.

5G-COMPLETE’s proposed converged Computing/Storage/RAN infrastructure effectively merges the 5G New Radio fronthaul/midhaul/backhaul faculties into one common Ethernet-based platform and transforms the RAN into a low-power distributed computer that shapes new network concepts. 5G-COMPLETE’s results will be validated in a range of scalable lab- and field-trial demonstrators in Athens (Greece), Lannion (France) and Bristol (UK).

Upon completion, 5G-COMPLETE will have introduced new business models and novel research opportunities that will be streamlined into tangible results by its 13 consortium partners that expand along the complete 5G research and market chain.


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  • Hercules Avramopoulos, tel: +30 210 772 2057, email:
  • Dimitris Apostolopoulos, tel: +30 210 772 2871, email:
  • Giannis Giannoulis, tel: +30 210 772 2871, email:


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