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Milan welcomes true innovation and transforms it into a tangible future. Vodafone's 5G Trial is a chance to set in motion opportunities, partnerships and new success stories in different areas of everyday life.
A mix of services of high social utility and scalability
12 projects presented
5G is the new mobile communication technology. Not simply an evolution of the current 4G network, but it also envisages the introduction of new infrastructure paradigms to allow the introduction and the development of innovative services and products. 5G will make possible to manage new connectivity scenarios characterized by very high reliability and very low latency.
Not only 5G will improve connection speed (which may exceed 10 Gbps) butit will also allow the development of applications that require low latency (response time will drop to 1-10 ms) and high reliability (mission critical services) or the connection of millions of low-energy objects and sensors per square kilometre (massive IoT services).
Massive MIMO (Massive Multiple Input, Multiple Output) is a feature of the new 5G antennas that allow to direct the power toward each user in an efficient and dynamic way, increasing the cell capacity, the transmission speed (throughput) and improving the radio conditions.
The MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) is an architecture that makes possible to bring closer to the user some application functions that currently reside on central servers, minimising the latency between the user and the application. As a result, part of the intelligence can be transferred from the device to the MEC platform within the 5G network. This will reduce the computational complexity of the device, simplifying the hardware requirements.
5G Trial is underway in the Metropolitan area of Milan (where it has been assigned to Vodafone), Prato and L'Aquila (assigned to Wind Tre and Open Fiber) and Bari and Matera (TIM, Fastweb and HUAWEI) on the 3.6-3.8 GHz band frequencies assigned for experimentation by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE).
Vodafone, with the contribution of important industrial and technological partners, is testing the potential of 5G, creating advanced services thanks to the development of specific practical applications.
No, because 5G Trials restricted to specific technological and institutional partners who have already been selected and announced to the Ministry of Economic Development. If you would like to develop your product or service in 5G, you can take part to the call Action for 5G.
Action for 5G is Vodafone Italy call for startups, SMEs, and social enterprises to support the development and growth of innovative projects in 5G. It is a real opportunity with 10 million euros of investments in 4 years in cash and services. This year is the third edition of the call Action for 5G.
Yes. To be able to use the 5G network you must have a device and a plan enabled for 5G.Currently it is available in certain areas of Milan, Bologna, Turin, Rome and Naples.
To browse on 5G network you must have a device and a plan enabled for 5G, a SIM card with a capacity of at least 128K, and be under 5G network coverage.
Click on “Apply to the call”, create your account and fill in the application form by 11:59 p.m. on February 3rd, 2020. You can complete your application gradually, saving the filled information as you go and by clicking on “Complete application” submit it. The participation is free of charge, and there are no obligations.
Yes, by creating an Action for 5G account for each project.
Although the application form will be in Italian, all the documents can be either in Italian or English.
The presentation must include the competitive scenario, the description of the needs fulfilled by the solution and the addressed target, the technology developed and/or used and the future evolutions, the business model and the development plan (timing and costs) for the different phases of Action for 5G. It must communicate the strengths of the solution, showing how 5G technology is an enabling and distinguishing feature.
No, the startup must have already been established when the project is submitted.
Yes, you can participate in the call if you have an innovative project with a reliable and defensible competitive advantage, in which 5G is a distinctive and enabling feature. You must also have assets, resources, and teams dedicated exclusively to the project you intend to present.
Yes, but only if Vodafone would decide to enter into the company equity. In this case, the SME should be already committed to creating a spin-off in which puts the business line dedicated to the project selected and financed within the program Action for 5G.
Yes, but only if you take part in the Vodafone 5G Trial and with different projects from those involved in the 5G Trial itself.
Yes, only legal entities that are already operating or are going to do so in Italy can participate in the call Action for 5G.
Yes, it is not necessary to operate in the Milan area.
Yes, but to be selected you must prove the benefits brought to the project by 5G (e.g. significant improvement of the customer experience, new customer targets, new features or services).
Yes, you can participate to the call and start testing your solution with the existing NB-IoT technology on the 800Mhz band frequencies already available today. The project can then be scaled to the 5G network to fully exploit it the additional features in the IoT area, allowing the connection of millions of objects per square kilometre using the 700Mhz band when it will be made available by the Ministry of Economic Development.
Yes, but to be selected you must prove the benefits brought to the project by 5G (e.g. significant improvement of the customer experience, new customer targets, new features or services that can be provided).
Yes, but only in the case of innovative ideas that can be developed exclusively in 5G. Projects at the stage of idea will not be accepted if a prototype can be developed using existing technologies (e.g., 4G, NB-IoT) and 5G is not necessary.
Yes, it is mandatory to sign an “Accordo Quadro” that regulate the access to the different phases of the call and the related funding.
To the selected companies will be offered advice and support on the 5G technology by experts from Vodafone Italia, Politecnico of Milan or other technology partners. You will have access to the Vodafone Italia Open Lab and the Open Lab Campus of Politecnico of Milan. Furthermore, depending on the spending plan presented, companies can access a first cash contribution to complete the integration of their product or service with the 5G technology in order to develop a demo.
The companies selected to enter the Development and Lab Testing phase will undergo due diligence. External investors and consultants, chosen by Vodafone, will analyze information on the company (organizational, corporate, economic-financial structure, among the others), its potential, and the project itself. They may ask companies additional details.
During this phase, finalists will receive a further cash contribution from Vodafone for the creation of a prototype in 5G. Companies will have access to the 5G Vodafone Open Lab and to the Open Lab Campus of Politecnico of Milan to develop and integrate their projects with the 5G technology. Companies will also be able to use the MEC and the available 5G devices with the support of Vodafone technical staff.
You will be required to submit a project review that includes the business and the pricing model, the customer experience and the 5G architecture of the solution including end-to-end data flows, the development plan and a 3-years financial plan, indicating the funding required, along with the detailed spending plan for the Development and Lab Testing phase. A mock-up/demo of the product must also be presented.
You will be required to submit a prototype, developed and tested in Lab and based on the 5G architecture.
During this phase, you should complete the development of the solution in 5G. Further, you should include the market and the technical field validation. You will then be ready for the commercial launch.
Vodafone Italia has allocated €10,000,000 for Action for 5G over four years. A total of €2,500,000 is available for the third edition of the call. The winning projects will have access to the more significant contributions: up to €1,000,000 per project, depending on the development and market launch plan presented and approved by the Board.
We expect to select one or two winning projects.
The funding will be disbursed in cash and/or services, in different tranche based on the phases of the call and subject to the signing of an “Accordo di Erogazione” that specify terms and conditions. The funds made as seed capital, in-kind or pre-seed form, may be converted into equity by Vodafone.
In the case of particularly strategic projects, Vodafone will disburse the funding in cash, acquiring the right to enter into the capital of the financed company, among the others.
If Vodafone has a commercial interest in the project, funding will be disbursed to support its commercial launch, and Vodafone will acquire, among other things, the exclusive commercial rights for a period of 24 months after the 5G market launch.
If the project is extremely innovative but requires further design phases, Vodafone will disburse funding to support the additional development and it will acquire the first-look rights for future rounds of funding.
In the case of particularly strategic projects, Vodafone will disburse the funding in cash, acquiring, among other things, the right to entry into the capital of the financed company.
During this phase, the selected projects will receive technical-specialist advisory services and an initial funding, depending on the spending plan submitted by the candidate.
Each of the finalist projects that reach the Development and Lab Testing phase will receive a second funding, depending on the spending plan submitted and the achievement of the goals set.
Yes, the disbursement of funding will begin in 2020 in line with the various phases of Action for 5G, but the funding can also be used later, depending on the plan submitted and approved by the Board and the achievement of the goals set.
Each of the winning projects will start a Product Development phase and will receive a funding up to 1.0000.000€, depending on the spending plan submitted and of the reach of the defined goals.
If the plan is delayed and the Board does not approve the changes, the subsequent funding will not be disbursed.
The selected company will retain the ownership of the intellectual property rights accrued before entering the call Action for 5G.
The selected company will acquire the ownership of the intellectual property rights, granting Vodafone the free and exclusive use right and the economic exploitation for a period of 24 months.
Yes, an NDA will be signed between the candidates and Vodafone in order to guarantee the mutual confidentiality of information, data, and documents of private or confidential nature. Information on the chosen project may be made public while still maintaining the confidentiality of its innovative content.