workshop I

ONDM 2019

23rd Conference on Optical Network Design and Modelling
May 13-16, 2019
Athens, Greece

Workshop I: Optical Networking an enabler for 5G Solutions, Trials and Demonstrators

Digital technologies have been identified as key in addressing some of the challenges associated with societal and economic objectives, such as improved quality of living for citizens, sustainable development and economic growth. In this context, 5G networks are expected to play a fundamental role in bringing these technologies to society influencing a large variety of vertical to the ICT ecosystems, such as Smart Cities, Transportation, Energy, Media, and Factories of the Future, through the ability to offer connected goods, collaborative and automated processes etc. This will require new service capabilities that network operators need to support including: i) connectivity for a growing number of very diverse devices, ii) ubiquitous access with varying degrees of mobility and, iii) mission critical services currently handled by closed specific purpose networks.

In response to these needs, 5G platforms can play an instrumental role in bringing together technology players, vendors, operators and verticals orchestrating their interaction with the aim to open up new business models and opportunities for the ICT and vertical industries. Towards this objective 5G goes far beyond the definition of new radio access technologies and radio interfaces and proposes a new end-to-end network vision. This will adopt a flexible architecture, offering converged services across heterogeneous technology domains deploying unified software control. In this context, optical technologies and networking can play a key role supporting end-to-end requirements involving a 1000-fold increase in capacity and connectivity, with stringent requirements in terms of bandwidth, coverage and latency constraints.

This workshop aims at discussing the role of optical technologies and networking in 5G network architectures, deployments as well as trials and demonstrators from different perspectives, addressing aspects such as:

  • What is the role of optical technologies (transmission and switching) in 5G networks, especially in view of key challenges such as density of access points, energy savings, bandwidth, latency or reliability requirements?
  • How can optical wireless network convergence facilitate efficient 5G transport solutions from both data and control plane perspectives?
  • How can optical networks facilitate 5G virtualised network functions?
  • How can optical layer programmability facilitate the vision of a unified 5G network control in multi-tenant environments supporting a variety of vertical industries?
  • How can optical network solutions facilitate 5G field trials and demonstrations for ICT and vertical ecosystems?


  • Anna Tzanakaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
  • Reza Nejabati (University of Bristol, UK)


  • Dan Kilper, University of Arizona, USA, “Optical Networking Research on the COSMOS Advanced Wireless Platform”

  • Arash Farhadi Beldachi, University of Bristol, UK“Active Optical Transport Network Solutions and Demonstration Activities”

  • Evangelos Pikasis, Eulambia Advanced Technologies, Greece, “Design and Modelling of Analog Radio over Fiber (ARoF) based 5G Communication Systems”

  • Christos Vagionas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, “Converged high-capacity Fiber Wireless fronthaul links for dense mmWave 5G networks”

  • Raul Muñoz, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) Spain, “An overview of the blueSPACE’s SDN/NFV fronthaul network architectures” 

  • Spyros Denazis, University of Patras, Greece, “Deploying an Open 5G infrastructure to support verticals: The 5G-VINNI experience”

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