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Vodafone 5G: Gianna Nannini's hologram "sing" on X Factor stage. It's the first time in the world

Digital Day

Vodafone demonstrated that 5G makes cars and mobility smarter. Now it's time for a unique and shared ecosystem

Corriere della Sera

The first surgery operated in 5G by a robot

Other News 5G
Mondo Mobile Web 2019-11-16 Vodafone 5G network: the first transnational live holographic performance in Europe during XFactor Find out more
Il sole 24 ore 2019-11-06 Vodafone tests 5G in the automotive sector, from the assisted driving to "smart" queues Find out more
La Stampa 2019-11-06 Vodofane, assisted overtake and smart queue. How 5G improves road safety and reduces consumptions Find out more
Quattroruote 2019-11-06 How 5G connects and boosts Adas Find out more
Mondo Mobile Web 2019-11-06 Vodafone 5G: from assisted overtake to smart queue. Four innovative 5G Automotive solutions Find out more
Tecnoandroid 2019-10-12 Vodafone Action for 5G: over two million euro for 5G projects Find out more
Il Sole 24 Ore 2019-10-09 Vodafone demonstrates the potentiality of 5G remote surgery Find out more
Il Messaggero 2019-10-09 Vodafone: "This is how 5G changes the medicine" Find out more
La Repubblica 2019-10-09 Vodafone, the third edition of "Action for 5G" just launched Find out more
La Repubblica 2019-10-08 Surgery and connected ambulance: the new medicine with 5G is experimented in Milan Find out more
Prima Comunicazione Online 2019-10-08 5G for health: Vodafone presents its projects, from remote surgery to connected ambulance Find out more
Digital Day 2019-10-08 The surgeon operates remotely with 5G: the Vodafone test is an original italian experiment Find out more
Webnews 2019-09-27 Vodafone transforms gaming with 5G Find out more
Tom's Hardware 2019-09-27 Vodafone GameNow and Power Gaming: the 5G revolution goes on Find out more
Il Messaggero 2019-09-27 Vodafone transforms 5G: Power Gaming and GameNow launch Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2019-09-24 Game Now, Vodafone launches videogames in 5G streaming Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2019-07-22 A kind of connected Wall-E wins the Vodafone 5G Challenge Find out more
Messaggero 2019-06-06 Vodafone beats 5G competitors Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2019-06-06 Vodafone launches 5G in Milan Bisio << In 100 cities by 2021 >> Find out more
Corriere delle Comunicazioni 2019-05-05 Vodafone Italia beats everyone, 5G switch-on in five cities. Bisio: “Among the first in Europe” Find out more
La Martesana 2019-04-16 5G arrives in Carugate at schools, in the town hall and in the library Find out more
La Repubblica 2019-03-18 4K mobility streaming among Vodafone’s 5G tests Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2019-03-16 Vodafone, 5G will revolutionize schools and hospitals Find out more
Il Sole 24 Ore 2019-03-15 Collaborative robots, big data and drones: this is how 5G revolutionizes Italian industry Find out more
Class 2019-01-01 5G, what it is, how it works and what it is really for Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2018-12-14 First European 5G trial live on X Factor Find out more
Il Sole 24 Ore 2018-12-14 X Factor seen with "the eyes" of 5G, the bet of Vodafone and Sky Find out more
key4biz 2018-12-13 Vodafone presents its 5G network in Milan. Video reportage Find out more
Il Sole 24 Ore 2018-12-12 Connected ambulances and drones in 5G. Vodafone invests 90 million in Milan Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2018-12-12 Connected ambulances and big data, Milan is the European 5G capital Find out more
La Repubblica 2018-12-12 Milan is the European 5G capital Find out more
prima Comunicazione 2018-12-12 5G is reality in Milan: Vodafone covers over 80% of the population and presents new projects to the city Find out more
Digital Day 2018-12-11 Vodafone turns on the first 5G network in Italy in Milan. Bisio: "New golden age" Find out more
Wired 2018-12-11 5G, in Milan Vodafone switches on the first network. In 2019, another 4 cities Find out more
La Repubblica 2018-12-11 Vodafone turns on the first 5G network in Europe in Milan Find out more
ninja 2018-11-15 The Vodafone Hackathon of 5G is a tennis project Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2018-11-12 Internet: 5G, what is it for? Here are ten things we can begin to do Find out more
La Repubblica 2018-11-07 A “fast” day in Milan: Vodafone switches on 5G Find out more
Corriere Comunicazioni 2018-11-07 From tourism 4.0 to smart health, 5G by Vodafone wins in Milan Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2018-10-14 Interview with Sabrina Baggioni - Digital ambulances and police with drones: the 5G revolution Find out more
Il messaggero 2018-10-04 Vodafone, the second Bid dedicated to startups and SMEs Find out more
Corriere Comunicazioni 2018-10-04 Action for 5G, the second edition: 2.5 million ready Find out more
prima Comunicazione 2018-10-01 Interview with Sabrina Baggioni - Challenge in Milan Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2018-09-07 When the treatment will begin in the connected ambulances Find out more
Start Up magazine 2018-07-11 Vodafone and 5G, at the forefront of evolution Find out more
key4biz 2018-07-10 5G, Vodafone creates the first 3GPP-compliant network in Milan Find out more
Class 2018-07-01 With 5G everything will be easier and faster Find out more
Corriere Comunicazioni 2018-05-22 5G, Bisio (Vodafone Italia): "Milan, the most advanced city in Europe" Find out more
key4biz 2018-02-16 Vodafone 5G, the first "use cases" for Milan Find out more
Economy Up 2018-02-16 Action for 5G, Vodafone invests in companies that will develop ultra-broadband services Find out more
Ansa 2018-01-10 Vodafone: Action for 5G, first Bid for startups Find out more
Il Sole 24 Ore 2017-12-12 Milan under 5G test. The metropolitan area covered by 2019 Find out more
Data Stampa 2017-12-12 Milan is the European 5G capital Find out more
La Stampa 2017-12-12 Milan becomes the largest laboratory to experiment with 5G in Europe Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2017-12-12 Vodafone Italia launches 5G. Milan leader city, invested 90 million euros Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2017-11-29 The breakthrough of superfast Internet "Milan will be the European capital of 5G" Find out more
La Stampa 2017-11-20 New record for Vodafone in the 5G trial Find out more
Corriere della Sera 2017-08-03 5G, Vodafone wins the trial for the Milan area Find out more

FAQs

5G
What is 5G?

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.

What will change with 5G?

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).

What is Massive MIMO?

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.

What is the MEC?

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.

When and where will 5G be tested?

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).

What is it Vodafone 5G trial in Milan?

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.

Can I take part to Vodafone Trial in Milan?

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.

What is 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.

Is commercial 5G already available?

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.

How can I browse in 5G with my smartphone or tablet?

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.

Action for 5G
How to submit a project
How can I submit my project?

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.

Can I submit more than one project?

Yes, by creating an Action for 5G account for each project.

Which documents should I enclose to my application?
  1. A clear and concise presentation of the project in 5G and the business opportunity (PDF, max. 10 Mega).
  2. The URL of a video pitch lasting 4-7 minutes, uploaded onto a free platform (like YouTube or Vimeo) in which the team introduces itself and describes the project. Remember to provide the password if the access is protected.
  3. Any further technical documentation with more details on the architecture and the solution. Optional file. (PDF, max. 10 Mega).
  4. A file containing the CVs of all team members (PDF, max. 10 Mega).

Although the application form will be in Italian, all the documents can be either in Italian or English.

What must the presentation contain?

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.

Can I participate if my startup is in the establishing process?

No, the startup must have already been established when the project is submitted.

If I have a SME or a social enterprise with a cutting edge project in 5G, can I submit a project?

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.

I am an SME, should I create a spin-off dedicated to the specific project?

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.

Can I participate in the call if my project is involved in one of the 5G trials in Italy?

Yes, but only if you take part in the Vodafone 5G Trial and with different projects from those involved in the 5G Trial itself.

Is the call open only to Italian companies?

Yes, only legal entities that are already operating or are going to do so in Italy can participate in the call Action for 5G.

Can I participate in the call Action for 5G if I have a company that does not operate in Milan?

Yes, it is not necessary to operate in the Milan area.

If my project works with the existing 4G/4.5G/NB-IoT technologies, can I participate in the call?

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).

If my solution requires the Internet of Things, can I participate to Action for 5G and test it in 5G?

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.

If my project works with the existing 4G/4.5G/NB-IoT technologies, can I participate to the call?

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).

Can I participate in the call if my project is still an idea without a prototype?

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.

The call phases
If my project would be selected, should I sign a contract with Vodafone?

Yes, it is mandatory to sign an “Accordo Quadro” that regulate the access to the different phases of the call and the related funding.

What do you offer in the 5G Design phase?

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.

In what consists of the due diligence?

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.

What do you offer during the Development and Lab Testing phase?

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.

What must I present at the end of the 5G Design phase?

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.

What must I present at the end of the Development and Lab Testing phase?

You will be required to submit a prototype, developed and tested in Lab and based on the 5G architecture.

What must I present at the end of the Product Development phase?

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.

The fundings
How much funding is available?

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.

How many winning projects will there be?

We expect to select one or two winning projects.

How will the funding be disbursed?

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 what consists of the disbursement of funding in seed capital?

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.

In what consists of the disbursement of funding in kind?

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.

In what consists of the disbursement of funding in pre-seeding?

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.

What does the disbursement of funding in seed capital consist of?

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.

How much will be disbursed during the 5G Design phase?

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.

How much will be disbursed during the Development and Lab Testing phase?

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.

Can the funding be used after the Development and Lab Testing phase?

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.

What happens if my project will be selected as the winner?

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.

What happens if there are delays to the plan submitted?

If the plan is delayed and the Board does not approve the changes, the subsequent funding will not be disbursed.

Intellectual property
What happens to intellectual property rights existing before entering the call?

The selected company will retain the ownership of the intellectual property rights accrued before entering the call Action for 5G.

What happens if intellectual property rights emerge during the call phases?

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.

Is it possible to enter into an NDA to protect the confidentiality of my idea/project?

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.

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