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Exciting Newsletter no.4
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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 friends, colleagues, stakeholders and readers.

It is with a mix of great excitement and satisfaction that we see the EXCITING project come to an end this January 2019. It has been a very exciting two years, filled with a great collaborative spirit among the partners. In this final newsletter, we would like to highlight some of the main project activities in the past months. More importantly, we would like thank all of our stakeholders for having shown interest and participated in the many activities that have been carried out over the course of the project. We started in November 2016 and, since then, organised a big conference in China, workshops in Europe and various online webinars. Thank you to everyone for your participation! We hope that the project was able to provide new knowledge for your future EU-China collaboration activities. We would like to let you know that the project website, our main repository of information, will be kept online, so you will still have access to all of the project resources and materials for an extended period of time. We hope you enjoy this final newsletter and we look forward to seeing and collaborating with you soon.

Martin POTTS and Kai ZHANG

Exciting Updates
Final EXCITING project meeting
The final EXCITING project meeting took place on January 22-23, 2019 in Porto, Portugal at partner SPI’s headquarters. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the status and final steps of the two-year project, which ends in January 2019.
On the first day of the meeting, partners presented the status of their work and discussed what had been done on dissemination and communication, standardisation and large-scale test beds. During the afternoon, partners jointly organised and presented the fourth and final webinar on EU-China policy and technical perspectives.
On the second day, the consortium discussed progress on EU-China cooperation activities, including exploitation and sustainability actions. The meeting wrapped up with a discussion on next steps and ideas for the final review meeting to be held in March 2019.
Read more information here.
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EXCITING supports the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation and the Alliance of Industrial Internet
On November 8, 2018, during the 5th World Internet Conference – Wuzhen Summit, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and the Alliance of Industrial Internet (AII) was specifically signed, during the “Digital Economy – from Zhejiang to the World” session of the Wuzhen Summit. The MoU was signed after more 1.5 years of important discussions, and counted with the support of EXCITING partners throughout this process.  The MoU signed between AIOTI and AII outlines the two parties’ agreement to promote cooperation in the following areas:
  • Standardization;
  • Promotion of interoperability by harmonizing reference architectures;
  • Identification and exchange of good practices;
  • Collaboration on projects implementing topics of joint interest (test beds).
Read more information about the signing of the MoU here.
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EXCITING webinar on EU-China cooperation opportunities: technical and policy perspectives
EXCITING organised its fourth and final webinar titled “EU-China cooperation opportunities: technical and policy perspectives” on January 22, 2018. The webinar had three main presentations during the one-hour online event. The first presentation was delivered by Kai Zhang (Martel) who provided an overview of the EXCITING project. Afterwards, Latif Ladid (University of Luxembourg) shared an overview of the current status and opportunities for standardisation in the IoT and 5G domains, involving Europe and China. To conclude, Fabrice Clari (Inno TSD) and Géraldine Quetin (InterInnov) presented several technical and policy-oriented opportunities and recommendations for EU-China cooperation. The webinar also included an open discussion, moderated by Samuel Almeida (SPI), involving several questions from the audience. The webinar was attended by approximately 30 participants from different EU and non-EU countries and China, representing the academia, R&D and industry sectors. You can access the presentations, video and summary notes of the webinar (as well as the previous three webinars) here.
In recent months, the consortium has developed a series of activities and deliverables, which are available on the project website. Find below a summary of the most recent deliverables finalised in the project.

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Recommendations for EU-China cooperation in IoT and 5G
This report identifies that Europe and China are at the forefront of some of the most important technological innovations in the Future Internet domain, particularly the 5G and IoT sectors. The report provides several recommendations that aim to foster cooperation between Europe and China in these sectors. The recommendations are grouped into (1) research, development and innovation; (2) incubation, acceleration and entrepreneurship; and (3) the market.
Read the deliverable here.
The Exploitation and Sustainability of the EXCITING project
This report provides a summary of the main results (i.e. deliverables and white papers) and assets of the project (e.g. webinars, website) and their exploitation during and after the project. The report shows a plan for the sustainability of the various results of the project, particularly the project assets. Individual exploitation plans for each partner are also presented.
Read the deliverable here.
Reports on harmonisation of standards for IoT and 5G technologies
These two reports – one on IoT and the other on 5G – provide readers with an understanding of the current landscape regarding opportunities for the harmonisation of standards for IoT and 5G technologies in Europe and China. Read the deliverable on IoT here and on 5G here.
Reports on interoperability guidelines for IoT and 5G
These two reports – one on IoT and the other on 5G – provide readers with an understanding of the main approaches and recommendations for interoperability for IoT and 5G technologies in Europe and China. Read the deliverables here
White paper on EU-China Future Internet Policy
This white paper provides a description of the policy context in Europe and China in what concerns the Future Internet. The white paper then discusses some of the key challenges for cooperation, including cultural barriers, public procurement limitations and other legal issues, censorship, and governance. Regarding opportunities, reference can be made to the existence of special economic zones, the existing incubation system, and some funding mechanisms.
Read the white paper here.
Report on the framework for EU-China cooperation on large scale pilots
This report aims to support the deployment of IoT and 5G by developing a set of practices and recommendations to be considered in future cooperation opportunities of large scale pilots for IoT or 5G. Several examples are presented for these two domains. Key recommendations include mirroring policies between the two regions, ensuring enterprise-level cooperation, boosting the creation of standards, among others.
Read the report here.
White paper on Setting the Standards for the Hyper-Connected World: Harmonisation of 5G and IoT standards between Europe and China
Chinese Internet
This white paper defends that Europe and China are at the forefront of technological advances in areas related to the Future Internet. While both regions share common technological objectives, there is still room for improvement in what concerns bilateral cooperation, including in the key strategic domains of IoT and 5G, with a focus on standardisation and interoperability. The white paper identifies that the two prime anchors of standardisation between Europe and China are 3GPP for 5G and oneM2M for IoT. Both have been initiated by the European standard body ETSI and include the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) as a partner, as well as other world standardisations bodies (ARIB, ATIS, TSDSI, TTA, TTC). The white paper reviews the ongoing standardisation activities related to the Future Internet, 5G and IoT, and reflects on the need for harmonisation and alignment between Europe and China.
Read the white paper here.

China to launch 5G technology terminal devices by second half of 2019
5G-DRIVE project on EU-China cooperation on large-scale 5G trials project is underway
The EU 5G-DRIVE project (5G Harmonised Research and Trials for Service Evolution between EU and China) kicked off in September 2018. 5G-DRIVE is a Research and Innovation Action that aims to trial and validate the interoperability between EU and China 5G networks operating at 3.5 GHz bands for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and 3.5 & 5.9 GHz bands for V2X scenarios. Similar to the EXCITING project, 5G-DRIVE is another EU-China cooperation project that will primarily focus on the 5G sector and will have a dedicated twinning component with an ongoing Chinese project: 5G Large-scale Trial.  
At the end of November, the European “5G-DRIVE” project and the Chinese “5G Large-scale Trial” held a kick-off meeting in China to officially start their collaboration. A signing ceremony was organised and involved the participation of representatives of the European Commission and the Chinese government.
5G-DRIVE is a 30-month project that involves several EXCITING partners who will contribute with their experience from EXCITING in this new EU-China cooperation endeavour.
Read more about the project here.
Interesting Read
The European Commission’s 5G for Europe Action Plan
Europe is fully committed to the development and deployment of 5G. In fact, the European Commission has created a 5G for Europe Action Plan aiming to realise 5G application in EU member states. The Action Plan is a roadmap for public and private investment on 5G infrastructure in the EU. Furthermore, it defines several measures to guarantee a coordinated approach among all EU Member States to make 5G accessible to the European population by the end of 2020. More information on the 5G for Europe Action Plan can be found here. A European 5G Observatory has also been set up to monitor market developments and preparatory actions taken by industry stakeholders and Member States in the context of 5G roll-out in Europe and beyond. The Observatory enables the Commission to assess the progress of Europe's 5G Action Plan, and take required actions to fully implement it. You can read more about the Observatory and follow progress made here.
Interesting Read
Is China leading the race in 5G? What would that mean?
Opinions vary across media sources, but many tend to indicate that China is racing ahead in 5G. In a late 2018 article from the MIT Technology review, special emphasis is given to the importance of 5G in China's 13th Five-Year Plan and in the Made in China 2025 plan. When discussing their motivations, they highlight national pride, money and employment. The role of the government and their position in Chinese mobile operators is highlighted, particularly the fact that it means they have been able to deploy large scale 5G test networks in many cities. The report also analyses what China and its businesses can expect out of 5G deployment. The full article can be accessed here.
Interesting Read
China is confident in winning the 5G race
A very detailed white paper developed by Ernst & Young emphasizes China’s determination to become a leader in the digital sphere, including in 5G. As mentioned, the Chinese government has put 5G high up on the national agenda, having delivered policies that favour 5G development and deployment. In fact, 5G technology development is amongst the world’s largest 5G effort planned by a government. According to the white paper, China is aiming to launch commercial 5G services in 2019, one year ahead of the original schedule. It will also put the country among one of the first markets to launch 5G services, along with the USA, Korea, Australia, and the UK. Read the full white paper here.
EXCITING and relevant events
IEEE ICC 2019 Workshop | 5G-Trials – From 5G experiments to business validation

The IEEE ICC 2019 Workshop on 5G Trials (May 20, 2019 – Shanghai, China) aims at providing a snapshot of the status and progress of 5G trials, and will discuss the first results and the new insights and findings from the range of ongoing 5G trials. The workshop will cover key topics related to 5G trials, including evaluation of 5G spectrum; evaluation of the performance of 5G NR implementations; system architecture; 5G network planning; network deployment optimisation, among others. This workshop is organised with the support of the 5G-DRIVE project.
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EuCNC 2019

EuCNC 2019 (18-21 June, 2019 – Valencia, Spain) is the 28th edition of a successful series of technical and scientific conferences open to the world research community, sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society and the European Association for Signal Processing, and supported by the European Commission. EuCNC focuses on communication networks and systems, and reaching services and applications. The conference aims at showcasing the results of the consecutive programmes on R&D and projects co-financed by European programmes, and presenting the latest developments in this area.
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Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress (25-28 February, 2019 – Barcelona, Spain) is the largest mobile event in the world and will bring together key technologies and innovations from over 2,000 companies from across the globe. The theme of this year’s event will be “intelligent connectivity”
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The IoT Tech Expo Europe (19-20 June, 2019 – Amsterdam, the Netherland) is Europe’s leading IoT conference and exhibition. The event will explore the entire IoT ecosystem, covering manufacturing, transport, supply chain, logistics, government, energy, automotive and more.
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The EXCITING project (Project Number: 723227) is partly funded by the EC and the Chinese government.

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