5G Diversification Projects


  • Started on 13 Dec 2022

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Total project funding amount  - £11,993,730


  • Bristol (University of Bristol, Parallel Wireless)
  • Southampton (University of Southampton)
  • Reading (Thales UK)
  • London (Kings College London, Weaver Labs, Digital Catapult, BBC, Samsung, Ericsson)
  • Cambridge (Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Ipswich (BT)
  • Pulborough (Real Wireless)
  • Glasgow (University of Strathclyde)
  • Belfast (Queens University Belfast)
  • South Wales (Compound Semiconductor Centre)


  • University of Bristol
  • University of Strathclyde
  • King’s College London
  • Queens University Belfast
  • University of Southampton
  • Compound Semiconductor Centre-CSC
  • Digital Catapult
  • British Telecom-BT
  • British Broadcasting Corporation-BBC
  • Ericsson
  • Nokia
  • Samsung
  • Parallel Wireless Limited
  • Thales UK
  • Weaver Labs Limited
  • Real Wireless Limited

Project Summary

The project, Realising Enabling Architectures and Solutions for Open Networks (REASON) brings together an ecosystem representing the entire telecommunication R&D supply chain, including three major mobile network equipment vendors, with a mission to innovate, develop, and industrialise technologies and solutions for future 6G telecommunication networks.  

REASON will develop a roadmap for open 6G network architectures, which will set the framework for new developments across the entire technology stack. The project will provide novel solutions to effectively integrate multi-technology access networks and to advance their performance in line with the emerging 6G KPIs. New concepts will be proposed to support unprecedented network densification. Smart technologies will be developed that aim to use multi-technology access networks to extract sensing information and support 6G use cases.   

In addition, advanced solutions for network-edge and network-wide automation will be developed leveraging state-of-the art artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. REASON will provide end-to-end service optimisation through cognitive orchestration tools to enable edge-to-edge and domain-domain functionalities for a wide range of use cases. 

All the required interfaces and protocols will be defined to assure interoperability of solutions.
Sustainability and security by design are underpinning fundamental themes that run through all architectural blocks.

Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou said “The University of Bristol is delighted to lead this partnership and drive the development of future open 6G network solutions in the UK.  Our project, REASON, is engaging a consortium of partners representing the entire telecoms R&D ecosystem, including leading UK Universities, large equipment vendors, service and content providers and innovative SMEs. REASON will address key technological challenges of delivering End-to-End Open Network solutions, considering all segments and functions of the network. The project will pursue breakthroughs on elevating bottlenecks of current systems, such as interoperability, agility, sustainability, resilience, and security, and will position UK-born technologies as candidates for delivering future solutions.”

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