Smart Networks and Services

Smart Networks and Services2021-10-12T08:19:07+00:00

Smart Networks and Services (Info Session)

Friday, 11 June 2021, 14:30-17:30, Virtual Platform
  • Nicola Ciulli Nextworks
  • Pierre Yves Danet Orange
  • Emmanuel Dotaro Thales
  • Carles Antón-Haro CTTC
  • Alexandros Kaloxylos 5G IA
  • Håkon Lønsethagen Telenor ASA
  • Jacques Magen AUSTRALO
  • Raffaele De Peppe TIM
  • Egon Schulz Huawei
  • Hugo Tullberg Ericsson
  • Colin Willcock 5G IA

Motivation and Background

This EuCNC session aims to explain the scope, objectives and structure of the European partnership on Smart Networks and Services (SNS), part of the Commission proposal for a Council regulation establishing the Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe. A key goal of the SNS Partnership will be to define and implement the research, innovation and deployment roadmaps that will enable Europe to lead in the creation of the next generation of smart network technologies and services. These will be designed and implemented in such a way that European values like security and privacy are safeguarded and that European technological sovereignty is further strengthened. The Partnership will also focus on the full digitization of European society including vertical industries and public administration. Thereby, the SNS Partnership targets to have a positive impact on the quality of life for European citizens and boost the European data economy.

The SNS Partnership has two main objectives, namely:

  1. Fostering Europe’s technological sovereignty in 6G by implementing the related research and innovation (R&I) programme leading to the conception and standardisation around 2025, as well as preparation for early market adoption of 6G technologies by the end of the decade. Mobilising a broad set of stakeholders will be key to address strategic areas of the networks and services value chain from edge- and cloud-based service provisioning to market opportunities in new components and devices beyond smartphones.
  2. Boosting 5G deployment in Europe in view of developing digital lead markets and of enabling the digital and green transition of the economy and society. For this objective, the JU will coordinate strategic guidance for the relevant programmes under the Connecting Europe Facility, in particular 5G Corridors. It will also contribute to the coordination with national programmes including under the Recovery and Resilience Facility as well as other European programmes and facilities such as Digital Europe Programme (DEP) and InvestEU.

The Workshop consists of two sessions. The first one will provide information about the SNS proposal, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), as produced by NetworldEurope and key candidate areas that could be considered for the first Work Programme. The second session includes a panel discussion with key stakeholders. They will provide their views about challenges and opportunities under the SNS Partnership. The panel aims to serve as an open and interactive forum for discussion with the participants.


First Session: 14:30 – 16:00 CEST

14:30 – 14:50 European Commission’s strategic objectives & preparatory actions (Peter Stuckmann, European Commission) Presentation available!

14:50 – 15:10 SRIA – a NetworldEurope community exercise for guiding communication innovation in Europe (Rui Aguiar, NetworldEurope ETP) Presentation available!

15:10 – 15:20 SNS Partnership introduction (Colin Willcock, 5G IA) Presentation available!

15:20 – 15:40 Ideas for the SNS Work Programme (Alexandros Kaloxylos, 5G IA) Presentation available!

15:40 – 16:00 Q&A (Colin Willcock, 5G IA)

Coffee break: 16:00 – 16:10 CEST

Second Session: 16:10 – 17:30 CEST

Panel discussion “SNS: opportunities for the European digital Ecosystem”

Moderator: David Kennedy – Eurescom


  1. Andreas Mueller – 5G ACIA, Bosch
  2. Carles Antón-Haro – CTTC
  3. Damir Filipovic – AIOTI, Secretary General
  4. David Lund – PSCE, President
  5. Edwin Fischer – Deutsche Telekom
  6. Egon Schulz – Huawei GRC
  7. Hugo Tullberg – Ericsson
  8. Jacques Magen – AUSTRALO, NetworldEurope SME WG Chair
  9. Pierre-Yves Danet – Orange
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