5GCity – Transforming Cities into 5G Neutral Hosts 5G Live Broadcasting a reality!

The 16th edition of European Digital Forum – 6 and 7 June, Lucca (IT), in the evocative Real Collegio, once again it was set the scene for future Broadcasting and Media industry. The past 2019 edition renewed a further leap forward for themes, speakers and new scenarios, including: 5G, UHD/4K, STREAMING, GLOBAL MEDIA, VR / AR.

The 5GCity Consortium participated for the second year, at the event with a bold series of activities. The H2020 2rd Phase project is developing a distributed cloud and radio platform for municipalities and infrastructure owners acting as 5G Neutral Hosts. It is a completely de-centralised 3-tier architecture where compute, storage and networking are allocated between core and edge segments of the 5G network infrastructure. On top of this distributed infrastructure, the project provides unified control and orchestration of all the radio-edge-core resources, through powerful APIs and serviced design toolkits for innovative vertical application services, e.g. to program connectivity with QoS, implement flexible media acquisition, transcoding, etc.  The 5G Network Slicing and Service Orchestration technologies are used in live city pilots in the cities of Barcelona (ES), Bristol (UK) and Lucca (IT) to run trials of Media Verticals use cases which will assess how a Neutral Host operator can offer mobile connectivity solutions on demand to implement dedicated network slices for different media services in areas with a high concentration of users.

The various 5GCity’s activities at the European Digital Forum are illustrated in the following Agenda:


In order to strengthen 5GCity collaboration with Media Verticals and the 5G business ecosystem, setting Lucca at the forefront of 5G activities in Italy; the consortium participation at the event was extremely relevant to stimulate discussion with the 5G and Media European community, such as EBU; that opened the works.


Thursday 6th June 15.00-15.15 (Plenary)

Source: FED 2019

by Antonio ARCIDIACONO, EBU Director of Technology & Innovation, opened the works with an overview on The Future of Media Broadcasting in Europe.

Source: FED 2019

In front of an ever more interested audience, 5GCity partners had the opportunity to present latest results and positions on the 5G deployment in Europe.


Thursday, June 6 16:40 – 17:00 (Plenary)

Source: FED 2019

Keynote from PhD, Ioannis NEOKOSMIDIS, CEO Incites Consulting – 5GCity partner; who presented the latest 5G Report: Media Services in Crowded Events using the NH model – Are we ready for 5G?


Thursday 6th June 17.15–17.35


Source: FED 2019

by Alberto MORELLO, RAI Crits Director Research Centre and Technological Innovation – 5GCity partner, that presented 5G BROADCAST: ONE SIZE FITS ALL? A series of reflexions on the true and false realities about 5G implementation on media.

An important part of the exhibition was the possibility to showcasing project new demos and a new live outdoor trial based on the 5GCity infrastructure deployed in Lucca.


Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June 2019  

Source: FED 2019

In the exhibition booth set at the Forum, it was showcased the basic equipment, in order to prove how easy is to transform city infrastructures in 5G Neutral Hosts and how powerful and flexible the 5G service design and lifecycle management is with 5GCity platform. It was possible to show to the international audience and broadcasters the 1st complete release of 5GCity platform, integrated and in support of a few relevant media use cases in a near real-life scenario. Furthermore, the exhibition booth gave the right setting to present 5G Neutral Host business modelling approach to interested audience.

Source: 5GCity partners

At the booth it was possible to test the demos (detailed next), discussed achievements with consortium technical team and collect information about latest activities in particular for Lucca pilots.

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It was also the opportunity to display information and dissemination materials and give away 5GCity gadgets.


5GCity demonstrations at the European Digital Forum consisted in outdoor and indoor activities around the conference centre, distributed between the 5GCity exhibition booth and a main city iconic places: Torre Guinigi, the tallest tower and iconic symbol of Lucca with its oak trees growing on roof top.

The 5GCity team showed different media use cases running on heterogeneous slices on the shared infrastructure managed by the 5GCity platform.


At the booth 5GCity were presented three demos:

  • 5GCity Neutral Host Platform: This demo shows how the 5GCity neutral host platform enables an ICT infrastructure owner to slice and lease its infrastructure to 3rd parties (e.g. MVNO).
  • Video Acquisition & Production: This demo includes acquisition of live high-quality multiple videos from the event and streaming through 5GCity platform. Such services also can support the engagement of public in the media production for big events.
  • Augmented Reality service: This demo offers immersive experiences with distribution of UHD contents for city services. The demo leverages on 5G orchestration to offer immersive experience to end-user (e.g., tourists) who can see a reconstruction of antique city buildings and monuments in real-time with enriched context information superimposed via holographic models.


Interesting activities were implemented by 5GCity in an unique outdoor setting on June 6th  and 7th:

  • Torre Guinigi, using 5GCity platform deployed in Lucca and the availability of a small cells a connection from Torre Guinigi with Real Collegio was implemented for a 5GCity LIVE BROADCASTING TRANSMISSION to European Digital Forum Conference, with Gino Carrozzo interview and comments to demonstrate the 5GCity platform as an opportunity for broadcasters, media company, producers, digital and creative industry.

Source: 5GCity partners

t was also interviewed Vincenzo Bombelli, Cellnex that explained the technical connection done during the LIVE BROADCASTING TRANSMISSION.

Source: 5GCity partners

Through this 5GCity-powered outdoor broadcasting events, the consortium demonstrated the high portability of our 5GCity Neutral Host solution along with showcasing one key media use case for 5G in the city.


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European Digital Forum international and national media partners have fully covered 5GCity participation and demonstrations.



A full coverage by partners and media was done especially on Twitter and LinkedIn

Forum Lucca 2019 complete Agenda

More info:

www.5gcity.eu @5gcity info@5gcity.com

Shuaib Siddiqui


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Gino Carrozzo


Carla Bressan


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