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MARSAL Plenary Meeting Focuses on Use Cases Paving the Way Towards the Telecommunications Networks of Tomorrow

On the 21st of September 2021, R&D Project Manager, Dr. Charalambos Klitis, and Senior Project Manager, Mr. Philippos Philippou, represented eBOS  at the 3rd plenary meeting of the Horizon 2020 project MARSAL “Machine Learning-Based, Networking and Computing Infrastructure Resource Management of 5G and Beyond Intelligent Networks”. The meeting, in which all 14 consortium partners participated, was held virtually and chaired by the Project Coordinator, Dr. Christos Verikoukis, representing Centre Technologic De Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC).

Following the progress achieved in the first months of the project, the MARSAL use cases were the main discussion topic. The four use cases describe and aim towards revolutionised applications, possible only with future Beyond 5G and 6G networks:

  • Dense User-Generated Content distribution with mmWave Fronthauling;
  • Ultra-dense video traffic delivery in a converged Fixed-Mobile network;
  • Cognitive Assistance and Smart Connectivity for next-generation sightseeing;
  • Data security and privacy in multi-tenant infrastructures.

The quality of experience to be achieved in the use cases through the architecture of the MARSAL project spurred discussions, to which the technical work package leaders contributed with a presentation of the initial architecture and design which will be further evolved and finalised in the coming months. 

eBOS colleagues contributed by building the links between the MARSAL architecture and the use cases of other 5G and B5G projects in which eBOS participates such as 5G ERA, 5G MEDIAHUB and VITAL 5G. They also provided the specifications for the smart contract blockchain platform of the project, which will be developed by eBOS and used for network resources’ negotiation towards a flexible network slicing model. 

During the meeting, eBOS  also led the discussion related to WP7 ‘Dissemination, Communication, Standardisation and Exploitation’ and the ongoing efforts to maximize the impact of the project’s outputs towards the wider community. 

MARSAL is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101017171.  More information about the project can be found on the project website.