2nd Workshop on 5G Cloud-Native Design

In conjunction with IEEE WCNC 2019

15-18 April 2019 // Marrakech, Morocco

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5G is expected to introduce disruptive use-cases thanks to its ultra-reliable, low-latency, high-speed connectivity such as remote healthcare, autonomous cars, advanced robotics, AR/VR, IoT… But this “golden digital age” will not become a reality with today’s bulky mobile networks Infrastructure-As-A-Service model and a more agile and powerful model directly inspired by web scale players “cloud-native” approach is required. This model leverages Micro-Services Architecture (MSA) and is called the Platform-As-A-Service:

  • Micro-service Architecture simplifies complex software systems by breaking them into sub-components distributed across computing servers. An application consists of independent services such as a 3GPP system made of Core, Access and Transport services combined to provide an end-to-end slice. MSA promises to make complex systems more easily operated and upgradable.
  • Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) provides standardized “ancillary services” (scalability, high availability, state management, controllers, orchestrator…) to developers hiding all infrastructure. Freed developers can focus on their (VNF) applications and (VNS) services. PaaS promises to deliver VNF and VNS with better agility, performance and time-to-market.

An ideal 5G PaaS should not only facilitate building, shipping and running virtual network functions (VNF) with “telco-grade” quality, it should also combine those VNF with all sorts of third-party applications (from start-ups, FOSS, Verticals…) for creating new more versatile and powerful cloud objects breaking silos between connectivity and computing.

As 5G should be designed and implemented to run on public and/or private cloud, the term “cloud-native 5G” collects the essential technology transformation, making 5G essentially a platform. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Next Generation RAN Architecture: ORAN, RIC
  • Microservice/Service based architectures for: CORE, RAN, MEC, etc
  • Virtualization technologies
  • Intent based programming 
  • Hybrid private/public clouds: security, deployment, cost, management
  • Automation and Zero touch service management
  • Open-source software and tools in cloud-native 5G
  • Security in microservice architecture
  • 5G testbed implementation and deployment
  • URLLC/IoT/eMBB enablers
  • Cloud Platforms and Serverless
  • Software defined hardware accelerators (e.g. FPGA)
  • Platform performance and abstraction: CORD, mobile CORD, Kubernetes, etc
  • Multi-service, multi-tenancy and network slicing
  • High availability (resiliency, self-healing, redundancy)
  • Analytics based policy
  • Technology enablers – Open source and standards (ONAP, OPNFV, ONOS, CORD, Linux Foundation/TMF/ETSI/MEF)

The workshop is organized by the NGPaaS project (http://ngpaas.eu), a H2020 5G-PPP phase 2 project and endorsed by 5G-PPP Software Network working group (https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-ppp-work-groups/).



  • Paper Submission Deadline (extended): 30 January 2019
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: 15 February 2019
  • Camera-Ready papers submitted: 1 March 2019



All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of eight (8) printed pages (10-point font) including figures. The papers exceeding 6 pages will be subject to an additional fee/page. Papers exceeding 8 pages will not be accepted at EDAS (For more details, please refer to the following link). Accepted papers will be published in the WCNC 2019 conference proceedings, which will be submitted to IEEEXplore database. Submission implies that at least one of the authors will register and present the paper at the conference. Electronic submission is accepted through the EDAS website at 



  • Jose SOLER, DTU Fotonik, DK
  • Paul VEITCH, BT, UK


  • Marcus Brunner, Swisscom, Switzerland
  • Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey, UK
  • David Hutchison, Lancaster University, UK
  • Marco Mobilio, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Luis Tomas Bolivar, IBM/Redhat, Spain
  • Michael MacGrath, Intel Labs, Ireland
  • Chih-Lin I, China Mobile Research Institute, China
  • Andreas Kassler, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Danny Ras, Technion, Israel
  • Latré Steven, Antwerp University-IMEC, Belgium
  • Imran Latif, Quantenna, USA
  • Matteo Orrù, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Vasilis Friderikos, Kings College London, UK
  • Robert Piechocki, University of Bristol, UK
  • Ning Wang, University of Surrey, UK
  • Rufael Mekuria, Unified streaming, Netherland
  • Kevin Du, OnApp, UK
  • Leonardo Mariani, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Erez Biton, Parallel Wireless, Israel