5G - Next Generation Communication Networks - will be a global game changer from a technological, economic, societal and environmental perspective. The 5GCHAMPION project will develop key enabling technologies for a proof-of-concept environment to be showcased at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea. This will allow maximum visibility for the available technology two years ahead of 2020, i.e. the official launch of 5G. For this ambitious goal, 5GCHAMPION will provide an efficient Korean/European collaboration framework, will establish new research and business relationships among consortium partners and guarantee a cross-fertilization and thought leadership to be continued after the life-time of the project. Forces will furthermore be joint to drive the novel technologies to global standards and regulation bodies such as 3GPP, ETSI, IEFT, ITU, etc. and to thus maximize the impact through a common Korean/European position.        

Project technical key contributions

i) A complex 5G set-up operating inside and close to the PyeongChang Olympic venue, addressing indoor and outdoor propagation channels in mmWave & below 6GHz spectrum;

ii) High-speed broadband connection via mmWave high capacity backhaul in 24-28 GHz, using novel antenna arrays for wireless back/front-hauling, enabling the provision of >2Gbps;

iii) Advanced evolved packet core solutions for efficient system management with virtualization through NFV/SDN in a secure backhaul architecture as well as a novel SDN-based IPsec tunnel architecture;

iv) Novel accurate positioning solutions (<1m accuracy) using mmWave combined with GNSS PPP;

v) Direct UL/DL communication between satellites and 5G User Equipment 'as is' – a corresponding first ever proof-of-concept will set-up;

vi) Better mobility support through a novel small cell architecture & hybrid adaptive beamforming.