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Exciting Newsletter no.1 | June - July 2017
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EXCITING is a 24 month Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action launched in November 2016.


The EU-China Study on IoT and 5G (EXCITING) aims to support the creation of favourable conditions for cooperation between the European and Chinese research and innovation ecosystems, mainly related to the Future Internet and the key strategic domains of Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G. EXCITING is implemented by eight EU and six Chinese partners.

Word from the Coordinator

Dear Stakeholders of the EU-China 5G and IoT Collaboration,
Thank you for being part of the EXCITING (EU-China Study on IoT and 5G) project community! EXCITING, a project jointly funded by the European Commission’s H2020 programme, the Chinese government (Ministry of Science and Technology) and the Swiss authority (the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation), has the sole aim to understand and support better cooperation between Europe and China in the field of Future Internet, especially the fields of IoT and 5G. Since its start in November 2016, we as a team of fourteen members (eight from Europe, six from China), have strived to work on not only the planned project activities, but also on identifying and reaching out to relevant platforms and experts which help us to get our voice heard and job done better. Within the first 8-month of the project, we’ve participated in over 10 events in Europe and China that are relevant to the topic of development of IoT and 5G across the world. Our web portal has attracted 6.000 visitors internationally, and our Twitter has over 80 followers. In this edition, we highlight the following topics: events that EXCITING has organised and participated in, including the first project-organised conference in China that attracted over 200 participants; a survey launched to better understand players and their roles in the Future Internet ecosystem in both China and Europe; an interactive tool Panorama that helps stakeholders like you to identify new opportunities. We also include interesting reports relevant to the project themes for your further exploration of the topic.
We hope you enjoy reading about them!
Have a great summer!

Martin POTTS and Kai ZHANG
Martel Innovate

Exciting Updates
Participate in the EXCITING Future Internet Questionnaire!
Partners from various work packages have prepared a questionnaire with the objective of understanding the current status of the Future Internet ecosystem in China and to understand the way forward for EU-China cooperation. The questionnaire is open to all stakeholders involved in Future Internet sectors, namely 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). The EXCITING project team would very much welcome your participation in the questionnaire, which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The questionnaire is available in English and Chinese.
Panoramo Tool
EXCITING Panorama Tool is online!
Earlier this year, the EXCITING project team released an online tool, called PANORAMO, which helps stakeholders in identifying new opportunities. It makes available in a single location all open calls, projects, upcoming events, funding agencies, networks and clusters, outcomes from the EXCITING project (reports, webinars...) related to Europe/China collaboration in IoT and 5G. The PANORAMA online tool is already available and will be updated with new content during the project’s lifetime.
Visit the Panorama tool
EXCITING holding its first webinar
EXCITING will be holding its first webinar on July 26, 2017. This first webinar, focused on China and for the China audience, will focus on “The development and future of IoT and IPv6 in China”. It will look to discuss the existence of successful IoT cases in China, possible security threats to IoT and how companies are dealing with them, policy and financial support to IoT development, among others. Invited speakers come from different organisations across China. Organised by BII and SPI, the first webinar will be hosted by Kai Zhang from Martel Innovate.
EXCITING partnership discussing its first EU-China recommendations

As part of its objective to support EU-China cooperation in the fields of IoT and 5G, the EXCITING consortium has been discussing initial recommendations to facilitate this process. These ideas are still being matured, but a first set of recommendations include:

  1.   To establish a Memorandum of Understnading between the Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) in Europe and the Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII) in China.
  2.   To support 5G PPP in facilitating interoperability tests between Europe and China 5G standards.
  3.   To achieve a better alignment of the evaluation process on the European and Chinese sides in joint funding projects.

Additional recommendations and concrete steps will follow in the coming months. However, EXCITING is eager to know your thought and how else EU-China cooperation can be achieved. Do contact us with your feedback!

1st Conference
EXCITING at the European  Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC)
EXCITING, represented by MARTEL, was recently present at the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) event on June 12th – 15th, 2017. EXCITING is considered a good fit for the theme of this year’s Conference: “5G – European Roadmap, Global Impact”. A number of potential stakeholders showed interest in the project and its link to China. The event was a good opportunity to establish fruitful connections to be exploited in upcoming EXCITING activities.
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1st Conference
EXCITING organised its 1st workshop during the IoT Week /Global IoT Summit in Geneva
EXCITING organised its 1st project workshop during the joint IoT Week and Global IoT Summit held between 6-9 June in Geneva. In addition to the participation of many project partners, the workshop also counted with the participation of Mr. Alexander Berlin (Berlin Thinking) and Mr. Detlef-Georg Fuehrer (EC-JRC). Among the many fruitful discussion points, the workshop focused on introducing the EXCITING project, initial recommendations to EU and Chinese authorities, and 5G/IoT Trials and large-scale pilots.
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EXCITING at the China-EU 5G Workshop
The EXCITING project will be attending the China-EU 5G Workshop organised by the 5G Infrastructure Association in collaboration with IMT-2020 and hosted by the European Commission in collaboration with China MIIT. The workshop will be held in Brussels on July 12, 2017. The participation of EXCITING in this workshop follows its involvement with the 5G IA, that is the private side of the 5G PPP, to support interaction with China in the 5G domain.
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EXCITING presented at the 2017 Global Future Network Development Summit in China
EXCITING took the stage at the recent 2017 Global Future Network Development Summit, which took place on April 17-18, 2017, in Nanjing Jiangning Development Zone (China). Under the theme “Innovation and Win-Win Cooperation, Ushering in the Future Development”, the event included an exhibition that showcased the latest developments in various domains including 5G and IoT. Prof. Serge Fdida from partner UPMC had a keynote speech and, among other interesting topics, presented the work being developed in the framework of EXCITING.
ERICENA Workshop
EXCITING participated in the ERICENA High Level Workshop in Brussels
Representatives of the EXCITING project participated in the ERICENA (European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China) High Level Workshop which took place in Brussels on June 20th, 2017. The ERICENA workshop was organised by Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Fraunhofer IPK and SPI. Approximately 40 participants attended the workshop that discussed the outcomes of a recent ERICENA study, which aimed to understand the STI Framework in China according to the six PESTLE categories: Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental. The discussion also supported the definition of potential services ERICENA should focus on for the its future Centre of Excellence in China, which will have regional hubs and will provide tailor-made services to European Research Technology and Innovation (RTI) actors. EXCITING expects to establish fruitful links with ERICENA, which will be a project to support the exploitation of EXCITING results.
How the EXCITING project will strengthen EU-China co-operation in IoT and 5G
In the International Communications Project, Latif Ladid, representing the EXCITING partner University of Luxembourg and President of the IPv6 Forum provides an interesting review of how the EXCITING project will play an important role in strengthening EU-China cooperation in the areas of IoT and 5G. The news piece recognises that Europe and China are leaders of technological advances in areas related to the Future Internet (especially 5G and IoT), and that there is still an opportunity for additional bilateral cooperation. It is on this opportunity that EXCITING aims to intervene, and namely to support the creation of favourable conditions for cooperation between the European and Chinese research and innovation ecosystems in the key strategic domains of IoT and 5G.
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1st Conference
Successful EXCITING 1st conference of EU-China Collaboration on 5G and IoT Research
The EXCITING project organized their first large Conference dedicated to EU-China Collaboration on 5G and IoT Research back on March 9th, 2017 in Beijing, China. The conference received strong support of project partner Huawei, which was also endorsed by the IEEE 5G Initiative. The conference presented some of the latest ongoing developments in 5G and IoT (Internet of Things) in the EU and China. It also covered various topics of common interest, including EU-China Science and Technology (S&T) cooperation priorities in the fields of 5G & IoT, standardisation, cooperation on large scale pilots and testbeds, as well as new and improved ways for cooperation between EU and China. The Conference ended with the identification of the mutual benefits to create a better 5G and IoT environment for cooperation between EU and China. The event counted with more than 180 participants from China, the UK, Germany, France, and Switzerland.
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EXCITING participated in the Global Network Technology Conference
Partners from EXCITING participated in the Global Network Technology Conference that took place in Beijing (China) on December 7-9, 2016, which was organized by EXCITING partner BII. The main topics of the event were new technology, new architecture and new networks. The event was attended by global top experts and was divided into a conference (The Global Trend of Network Technology), a dialogue (Global Network Transformation), six technological summits (IPv6, SDN, NFV, 5G, NB-IoT, Cloud Computing), several technical workshops (Open-O, ONF-SDN Skills Certification, CORD and several customizable workshop), and special events (The Declaration of Global IPv6 Development, Intelligent Women Dialogue). EXCITING was represented by BUPT and HUST, with Martel providing an overall presentation of the project to the more than 1000 representatives from the telecommunications field.
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External News
Interesting Read
Interesting Read: EU-China Joint White Paper on the Internet of Things
One of the main sources of inspiration behind the objectives of EXCITING is the understanding of the current status of 5G and IoT in Europe and China, the acknowledgement that challenges exist for both Europe and China, and that a strong cooperation is a key way forward to address these challenges and contribute to a stronger Future Internet industry. The EU-China Joint White Paper on the Internet of Things, published early 2016, and authored by the European Commission and the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT), provides a very interesting read and provides a reference on how EXCITING plans to contribute to progress in this area, namely in the challenges related to business models and new ways of cooperation, interoperability, trust, and the technical and societal environment.
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The role of China in the future of 5G
As 5G becomes a hotter topic, there are numerous sources that show that China is at the forefront and leading the race to 5G commercialisation. A recent article from Telecompaper, based on a report from GSMA Intelligence and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), discusses how Chinese operators are on track to launch commercial 5G networks by 2020 and are expected to establish China as the world’s largest 5G market by 2025.
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Work ahead for Europe in 5G
The Future of Internet is 5G, but a number of operators and technology associations believe that Europe still has significant work ahead in the field. Six operators and technology associations signed a joint statement that discussed Europe’s "timid approach that will do little to improve Europe's chances of success". They further demanded a new regulatory environment with 5G investment and innovation at its heart.
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EXCITING and relevant events
IEEE 5G Initiatives Launching Series of Webinars
The IEEE 5G initiative will be organising a series of webinars for its members and other interested parties. The objective of the IEEE 5G Webinar Series is to expand the understanding of 5G and its implications to the society and economy.
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Standards play a key role in the success of the communications industry, as enablers of global systems inter-operability. IEEE CSCN will look to close the gap between researchers, scientists and standards experts from academia, industry and different standardization bodies. IEEE CSCN 2017 will be held in Helsinki, Finland, on September 18-21, 2017.
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Berlin 5G Week'17
The Berlin 5G Week’17 will focus on 5G key topics, such as software-defined networks, network virtualization, network slicing for 5G verticals, Industrial Internet/IoT, 5G multi-access network support, and 5G testbeds and most recent technology PoCs. Berlin 5G Week’17 will take place in Berlin on November 6-10, 2017.
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IOT World Forum 2017
The IOT World Forum 2017 is the world’s leading Internet of Things Conference 2017 focusing on IoT applications, IoT Solutions and IoT Companies for all verticals including automotive, healthcare, asset and fleet management, manufacturing, security, retail point of sales, smart grid, smart metering, smart home and consumer electronics industry.
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The EXCITING project (Project Number: 723227) is partly funded by the EC and the Chinese government.

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