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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

R&D focus on Sustainability

Over the course of 2018, the OTE Group participated in 25 R&D projects funded by the EU. The majority of these projects are in line with its sustainability values. Some of them focus on energy reduction and others offer a high level of community impact. These projects are directed toward technology superiority – one of the OTE Group’s strategic pillars. They also impact on future products/services, technologies, and telecommunications networks, and facilitate identification of new business opportunities to strengthen the Group’s competitiveness.

Flagship projects with key results for sustainability are presented below:

5G-XHaul delivered a converged optical and wireless network solution able to flexibly connect Small Cells to the core network. The main achievement was the final and very successful demonstration that took place in a realistic 5G network environment (the city of Bristol in June 2018), showcasing the various technological achievements of the project. The technoeconomic tool developed by COSMOTE received very positive assessments and is considered a stepping stone toward technoeconomic analysis of future research and 5G network implementations.

CREDENTIAL [GLL1] delivered innovative cloud-based services for storing, managing and sharing digital identity information and other highly critical personal data with a higher level of security than existing solutions by deploying advanced novel cryptographic technologies and improved strong authentication mechanisms.

PRIVACY FLAG developed a set of user-friendly tools to give protection for the data of citizens/individuals and companies when accessing smartphone applications, websites, and the Internet of Things in smart cities based on an innovative methodology known as the Universal Privacy Risk Area Assessment Methodology (UPRAAM).

5G-EVE and 5GENESIS aim to support the smooth transition to 5G networks/services by establishing open, evolving and distributed experimentation facilities across Europe for validation of the associated KPIs with an end-to-end approach in controlled set-ups and at large-scale events for a range of different vertical markets (e.g. smart cities, e-health, smart transportation, training, entertainment, and media). The two projects will develop/upgrade legacy 4G/4G+ testbeds in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Germany, and the UK) and provide solutions for heterogeneous access, advanced spectrum management, MEC, NFV/SDN, open APIs, NR and NG core, site-interworking, and multi-site/domain/technology slicing/orchestration, etc.

5G-MOBIX (5G for cooperative & connected automated MOBIlity on X-border corridors) aims at executing and evaluating advanced Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) trials along x-border and urban corridors in different EU countries, as well as China and Korea under all conditions relating to road traffic, network coverage, and service demand. It employs 5G core technological innovations and takes local legal, business and social aspects into account.

5G-DRIVE aims to validate interoperability between EU and China 5G networks through extensive joint trials on eMBB and V2X services to be conducted in eight cities across the EU (Finland, Italy, and the UK) and China. At the same time, innovation will be promoted in technology domains such as network slicing, network virtualization, 5G transport network, edge computing, and New Radio (NR).

More detailed information for all EU projects can be found here.