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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)


Coordinator website

Year Established



c/ Gran Capità 2-4 Edifici Nexus I 2ª planta 203, 8034, Barcelona (Spain)


Social Media

Contact information

Dr. Sergi Figuerola



5GBarcelona will design, develop, deploy and demonstrate, in operational conditions, a distributed cloud and radio platform for municipalities and infrastructure owners acting as 5G neutral.


5G Barcelona diseñará desarrollara, desplegará y demostrará, en condiciones de operación, una plataforma cloud para la ciudad de Barcelona y para los operadores de telecomunicaciones actuando como un host de 5G neutral.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

5G Barcelona is aligned with the regional strategy. The main RIS3CAT’s challenge is transforming knowledge and technology into economic and social value which is aligned with Smart Specialization Strategy (S3).

The activities of 5G Barcelona Hub are well aligned with the RIS3CAT strategic objectives which are:

1. To enhance the competitiveness of the business fabric by improving the efficiency of production processes, promoting internationalisation and reorienting established sectors towards activities with greater added value.

2. To promote new emerging economic activities through research and innovation to create and develop new market niches

3. To consolidate Catalonia as a European knowledge hub and link technological and creative capacities to existing and emerging sectors in the territory

4. To improve the overall Catalan innovation system, increasing the competitiveness of

3: Cross-cutting enabling technologies; Pillar 4: Environment for innovation.

companies and steering public policies towards the promotion of innovation, internationalisation and entrepreneurship.

5G initially will be implemented in 4 strategic sectors of Pillar 1 which are entertainment, mobility, health and industry 4.0.

5G and IoT technologies supported by the hub are generating new economic opportunities in emerging sectors (Pillar2). At the same time inter-regional cooperation is a key element of RIS3CAT and the hub. 5G Barcelona hub is an active player in Horizon 2020 projects, its members participate in 8 projects of 5G PPP (H2020) with a finance of 3,9M€ funding granted,  and the hub is collaborating with European partners such as 5GBerlin and 5GUK.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production

Service Examples

Project developement


a. Client profile:

Any company planning to use 5G technology (communications provider, service provider, app development, app consumers…)

b. Client needs:

Common platform for developement

c. Provided solution to meet the needs: 

Identification, realization and participation in projects aligned with strategic challenges. Work to validate use cases to take advantage of the benefits that 5G technology offers companies and citizens.

5GBarcelona will provide an open platform in Barcelona city environment to test and validate 5G connected and autonomous vehicle solutions.  ACCIONA, 5GBarcelona and ORANGE promote the use of 5G technology in industrial projects

More details:


a. Client profile:

Any company planning to use 5G technology (communications provider, service provider, app development, app consumers…)

b. Client needs:

Create new alliances and synergies at a local level

c. Provided solution to meet the needs:

A space where 5G Barcelona members can share experiences and knowledge. Includes the use of a collaborative platform.

More details:

Laboratory and Tesbeds

a. Client profile:

Any company planning to use 5G technology (communications provider, service provider, app development, app consumers…)

b. Client needs:

Laboratory and testbed area for their developements

c. Provided solution to meet the needs:

Possibility of validation, demonstrations and practical experimentation. Includes availability of laboratories with real users. 5GBarcelona will provide an open environments for creation of network apps. Telecom operators and vertical solution providers such as media content do not have access to 5G infrastructure to test and deploy solutions in real environments

5GBarcelona will provide a virtualisation platform in order to enable telecom companies and operators to create dynamic end-to-end slices containing both virtualised edge and network resources.

More details:


Organizational form

Public Private Partnership



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals


Ajuntament de Barcelona

Partner Type



ciberseguretat i societat de la informacio


Partner Type

Large enterprise



Secretaria General de telecomunicacions

Mobile World Capital

Partner Type



Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Technological competences

  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Cloud computing
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 02/09/18 10:10