Profile of Our Partners

BlueSPACE project started in June 2017. This pages gives an overview of the partners of the consortium.

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blueSPACE Partner Profiles


technische universiteit eindhoven

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

  • science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy,  Health and Smart Mobility
  • science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
  • science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

The mission of the Electro-Optical Communications group (ECO) within TU/e is to consolidate and extend its position as a leading international centre in the field of optical communication system technology, by providing an adequate technological infrastructure to support research and collaboration among academia and industry in photonics consortium efforts, performing leading-edge research, facilitating technology transfer to the industry, preparing students for professional careers in telecommunications, and promoting economic development in association with photonic system industries, telecommunication operators and component manufacturers.

In telecommunication networks all over the world, capacity demands keep increasing at multi-digit growth rates throughout every network segment, even despite economic downturns. Taking advantage of the unique low loss and wideband characteristics of optical fibre, there maintains to be a strong need for research worldwide in breakthrough optical networking techniques. 
Our vision is that telecommunication networks need to evolve in the far-fetched future to a globe-spanning  “optical ether”:  an ultra-broadband congestion-free network interconnecting users via end-to-end all-optical transparent transmission routes.

Role in the Project

TU/e leads as project coordinator in the project for the EU consortium and is responsible for the overall management of the project. TU/e participates in blueSPACE by bringing its expertise in millimetre-wave communications and contributes to the system and network definitions and techno-economic analysis, mainly from the point of view of fiber-based systems feeding the mobile wireless segment and from an overall system perspective. 


Athens Information Technology

Athens Information Technology (AIT), is an internationally-renowned nonprofit education and research center in the fields of information technology, telecommunications, and innovation management. It was founded in 2002 by the INTRACOM group of companies.  

AIT has been a main contributor to the successful preparation and editing of the project proposal under the highly competitive 5G PPP call of Horizon 2020. AIT maintains the role of the project technical manager and guides the development activities of the project.

The goal for AIT has always been to build on the track record of excellence set by Greek scientists and engineers . We want to enable Greece to play a significant future role in these fields. 

AIT’s mission is twofold:

  1. To establish and maintain a center of excellence for research and education in the areas of information and communication technologies, innovation management and entrepreneurship; and
  2. To foster the development of top level competitive professionals capable of creating technological and entrepreneurial breakthroughs

In its 12 years of existence, AIT has become a beacon of research and education excellence in the field of ICT in Greece and beyond, achieving an impressive number of important milestones that clearly form an outstanding record for any institution of its size and youth.

In less than a decade of active involvement in external researchfund raising, AIT ranks 7th in Greece in the EU ICT funding arena.
Industrial research excellence: AIT runs regularly a number of industry-commissioned research projects, on target topics that give a clear competitive advantage to the corresponding companies; these also result in a number of patents for the generated intellectual property.
Startup companies: AIT is a key player in Greece’s emerging startup ecosystem, with its own faculty having spun already three technology startups. This activity complements AIT’s know-how in the field of business innovation and entrepreneurship, which has helped tens of AIT’s graduates put together their own companies. AIT is lead partner in a European effort towards the establishment of a Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem.

Role in the Project

AIT has the leading role related to the definition of the system architecture, feasibility studies as well as techno-economic and power consumption evaluations. Additionally, AIT contributes to the development of resource allocation algorithms for the BBU pool and the spatial and spectral dimension and the development of antennas for the RRUs and will be involved in their integration into the overall RRU architecture.


Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia

Photonics Research Labs have their roots in the former (1988) Photonic Systems Group of the Technical University of Madrid, and was founded within the Technical University of Valencia (UPVLC) in 1991, hosted by the Communications Department. From an optical telecom core the group has evolved to the application of the photonic technology to a wide range of diverse applications where the optical and photonic technology together with microwave photonics brings its added value.

The group is structured in different Research Labs that focus in different related technologies with different fields of applications. Antennas beamforming, surveillance radar systems, optical sensors, integrated photonic circuits, high performance computing architectures and optical interconnects, biophotonic sensors, automobilism and robotics are the different fields of applications in the expertise of the labs. Currently the joint effort of the Photonic Research Labs holds a strong knowhow in the photonic and optical field for any application where light can shine.

Nowadays, the PRL-UPV is currently formed by 27 young telecom engineers and physicists, and is part of the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM). The mission is to produce high-quality scientific knowledge in the field of optics, quantum optics and photonics, through research projects, R&D contracts and collaboration agreements with the private sector. The PRL-UPV research activity is focused on several applications of photonics, mainly on optical communications of analog and digital signals, and radio-over-fiber systems. Part of the research is also performed in the field of fiber optic sensor and industrial photonics.

Role in the Project

PRL-UPV will focus on the design of the Fronthaul End Points as well as the definition of their functions and processing elements and will coordinate the activities focused towards the interface definition between the SDM medium, the DRoF/ARoF transceivers, and the BBU and RRHs at the CO and the BTS, respectively. It will also play an active role in the integration of the SDM-enabled C-RAN and the PON and work on the compatibility of the DRoF/ARoF transceivers and beamforming networks with the SDM medium. PRL-UPV will collaborate as well in the project management, the experimental evaluation and demonstration and the dissemination communication and exploitation of project results.


Centre Tecnológic de Telecommunications de catalunya

The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit research institution based in Castelldefels (Barcelona), resulting from a public initiative of the Regional Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya). Research activities, both fundamental and applied, are organized onto four research divisions: Communication Networks, Communication Systems, Communication Technologies and Geomatics.

Within the Communication Networks Division, the Optical Networks and Systems (ONS) department of CTTC has broad experience in research programs due to its participation in several Spanish and European public-funded R&D projects, closely collaborating with leading research institutions in Europe, USA, China and Japan.The goal of the ONS department is to contribute in defining the evolution of future transport networks (spanning from metro packet/circuit aggregation to core optical networks) towards intelligent (dynamic, self-star), high-capacity, low-cost, highly-flexible, scalable, and energy-efficient software-defined optical networks seamlessly integrated with massive cloud/edge computing and storage services.

Role in the Project

CTTC is leading the work on SDN based control plane and NFV and contributing to the definition of the network requirements and the development framework, focusing on the network operating parameters. CTTC participates in the design and implementation of the DRoF transceiver systems to be placed at the CO and the BTS and contributes the definition of DRoF modulation/demodulation and symbol remapping strategies. CTTC contributes to  the definition and development of the SDN/NFV control and orchestration framework. Finally, CTTC also contributes to the demonstrations.

universidad carlos iii de madrid

University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) is a public University founded in 1989 with the objective of providing an efficient, high quality public undergraduate and graduate education. In its two decades of existence, it has established itself among the best universities in Spain – in 2016, UC3M holds position 20th in the QS ranking of the top 50 universities world-wide under 50.

The Telematics Department  and the Electronics Technology Department of UC3M are involved in education and research on broadband networks, mobile networks, advanced Internet networking and applications, optical communications, electronics systems, instrumentation, photonics devices and applications. Both departments are very active participating and coordinating projects of several European R&D programs, and also signed contracts with the industry and public administrations.

The list of projects includes several networks of excellence, like BONE (Building the Future Optical Network in Europe) FP7-ICT-FP7-216863, e-Photon/One, CONTENT, ePIXnet, LC PHOTONET and E-NEXT and COST Actions TD1001, 299. Within H2020, the research team has active participation in 5G PPP projects like the 5G- Crosshaul project on 5G integrated backhaul-fronthaul design, coordinated by UC3M. UC3M is an active partner of the 5TONIC 5G testbed located near its campus.

Role in the Project

UC3M will use all this background in blueSPACE to lead the activities related to power over fiber techniques for the blueSPACE architecture, in advanced techniques for cost assessment and network planning and in SDN-based orchestration, leveraging the experienced acquired in other 5G projects. UC3M will contribute to scalability analysis of both conventional CPRI/NGFI (Next Generation Fronthaul Interface) DRoF systems and the blueSPACE AoF/SDM based architecture. It will develop techniques for power distribution to RRUs over SDM infrastructure, evaluate specific requirements of fiber bundles supporting high power signals for launching high power at the CO to be delivered at the BTS, evaluating the reconfigurable power delivery needs of beam stearing and different feeding architectures, designing power and control plane delivery network, defining critical elements to be optically powered in case of power limit designs, and explore monitoring techniques to prevent faults in PON and WDM C-RAN integration on MCF.


adva optical networking

ADVA is a company founded on innovation and driven to help our customers succeed. For over two decades our technology has empowered networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we're building a truly connected and sustainable future. 

Role in the Project

In BlueSPACE, ADVA will investigate the transport of digital and analogue radio signals over a fiber link, consisting of a fiber bundle or a multi-core fiber. In particular, non-linear effects distorting the analogue signal and the transmission of higher data rates for DRoF will be considered. ADVA will also investigate fiber monitoring techniques supporting precise synchronization of parallel ARoF or DRoF signals for beam forming using SDM approaches. ADVA is also involved in standardization activities and will transfer the project results into ITU-T SG15.

intracom telecom

Intracom Telecom is a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor operating for over 40 years in the market. During its nearly four decades of history, the company has successfully participated in major ICT projects worldwide and has received awards and distinctions for its technologies and work environment. Today, Intracom Telecom employs over 1,700 highly-skilled professionals and operates own R&D and production facilities. Its subsidiaries span across Europe, Russia & the CIS, the Middle East & Africa, Asia and North America.

Intracom Telecom has extensive know-how and a proven track record in the telecommunications market, serving more than 100 renowned customers in over 70 countries. The company develops and provides products, solutions and professional services primarily for fixed and mobile telecom operators, public authorities and large public and private enterprises.

The company's core business offerings include:

  • Wireless Access & Transmission
  • Telco Software Solutions
  • ICT Services & Smart City Solutions
  • Energy Solutions

Intracom Telecom invests annually a significant percent of its revenue in R&D programs developing cutting-edge products and competitive solutions on an international level. It has a strong participation in the European Union's (EU) flagship initiative for 5G and a significant involvement in the EU Horizon 2020 research framework. Intracom Telecom maintains strategic R&D partnerships with major technology vendors and leading academic institutions globally.

Role in the Project

In BlueSPACE, ICOM will contribute with its expertise on 5G backhaul issues and will mainly focus on the design of the DRoF transceivers and the design and implementation of ARoF transceivers, which will be contributed to the final project test bed.


thales research and technology

THALES Research and Technology - France located near Paris, is the main multidisciplinary research unit of the THALES group, one of the major world players in professional electronics for security, aerospace, rail transportation. Through its internal activities and scientific links with industries and universities, either in France or internationally, TRT is participating in the preparation of THALES industrial future in strategic R&D fields. In addition to R&D activities, TRT also provides scientific and technical advices, expertises or services for the company. TRT has been participating in or leading numerous research programs, either national or EU-funded, in the frame of ACTS, TELEMATICS, ESPRIT, BRITE-EURAM, TMR, FP7, ISM programme Its technological lead in these high-added-value fields naturally is compounded with the best production solution at the lowest cost. Owing to its production capacities and to its organizational flexibility, THALES Research & Technology ranks among top competitors worldwide. Technological expertise and extensive know-how make THALES Research & Technology a privileged partner for developing top-performance and highly competitive products and systems.

Role in the Project

TRT’s contribution in blueSPACE will be mostly focussed on the topic of enabling SDM subsystems and network elements. TRT main activity will be to contribute to the design, fabrication and characterization of the transceivers system with embedded up and down frequency conversion capability. TRT will also contribute to the definition and specifications of the physical system, to ensure its operability with respect to the RoF general scheme envisioned in the project


LionIX International

LIONIX International is a leading provider of innovative products based on micro/nano system technology (MNT) and MEMS. Our core technologies are integrated optics and micro-fluidics. Our customers operate in telecom, industrial process control, life sciences and space markets and include OEM’s, multinationals, VC start-up companies as well as research institutions from around the world.

LIONIX offers design to manufacturing and horizontal integration by partnering with MEMS/MST foundries and suppliers of complementary technologies, such as in (food) biotech/genomics, chemistry/pharmaceuticals and water technology. The combination of micro-fluidics and their integrated optics technology (TriPleX™) gives LIONIX an unrivalled expertise in the emerging area of Lab-on-a-Chip.  LIONIX is a vertically integrated company that delivers a complete solution to its OEM customers: from initial design through volume manufacturing of products. In addition to combining the four companies, LIONIX International has entered into strategic collaborations with partners in South Korea, facilitated by YMK Photonics, to enable it to provide high volume manufacturing of chips and assemblies.

Read about LioniX in the context of 5G in the brochure "SME Expertise and Skills in the 5G Domain", published by 5G PPP and NetWorld in June 2018.

Role in the Project

LIONIX International will actively be involved in blueSPACE, with main focus on design and development of the optical beamforming system and the support to advanced reconfigurable beamsteering in the design of the reconfigurable switching and interconnection hardware architecture connecting the DRoF and ARoF transceivers and the radiating elements at the RRH.


orange polska

Orange Polska S.A., (OPL) as the leader of the telecommunication market in Poland provides broad portfolio of different types of services to fixed and mobile customers.  The OPL unit designated for research and development is Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe called Orange Labs Polska. Orange Labs Polska, accelerates innovations development and their implementation in OPL Group as well as for global Orange Group in selected areas – core and access networks (including CDN), new network architectures like ICN, (CCN, NDN), SDN, NFV(virtualized and cloud systems), applications development (e.g. OTT video, contextual), middleware and service platforms (like video streaming, content distribution, IoT, open API). Orange Labs in Poland participates in European R&D projects like SSCILOPS, VAVEL, 5G PAGODA and national/international standardization bodies activities like ITU, CENELEC, Broadband Forum.

Role in the Project

OLP concentrate on network use case scenarios, architecture design and evaluation studies as well as the requirements and functionalities for system hardware and software elements.

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We have been established as a spin-out in 2010 from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot Watt University in Lexington, Scotland. Optoscribe is built on a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise in the application of photonic technologies including 3D waveguide solutions.

In April 2016 Optoscribe received investment funding from Archangels, Par Equity and the Scottish Investment Bank.

Role in the Project

Optoscribe is responsible within blueSPACE for the design, fabrication and test of the 3D waveguide based SDM mux/demux devices to interface to the SDM fibers.



To consolidate technological superiority, one of its strategic pillars, the OTE Group systematically promotes research and innovation (R&I), with multiple benefits for society, customers and the OTE Group as a whole, while impacting on its business sustainability (future products and services, technologies and telecom networks, cost and energy efficiency, new business opportunities, competitiveness, etc.).

By actively participating in R&I activities, we:

  • Contribute significantly to the OTE Group remaining at the forefront of the technological evolution while strengthening its innovative profile and its brand name
  • Proactively identify/evaluate new business opportunities (vertical markets support, adaptation of business processes, collaboration with new/existing market players, exploitation of project results, etc.) and create potential for offering innovative products and adopting emerging technology approaches
  • Acquire significant expertise and know-how on state-of-the-art (SoTA) and beyond-SoTA technologies and network architectures from the very early stages of development (5G Networks, IoT, Cloud, SDN/NFV, smart energy grids, e-health,  Intelligent Transport Systems, NextGen Emergency Services, Federated Testbeds, Security/Privacy, Terrestrial / Satellite Backhauling, etc.)
  • Contribute to strategic sustainable development goals to benefit environment and society.

Role in the Project

OTE brings its expertise in the service requirements and contributes to dissemination and most notably exploitation activities. OTE is a key contributor to the technological roadmap.



Nextworks is an Italian SME which operates in the TLC sectors, collaborating with some of the major European manufacturers and operators. 

The company has long-term R&D and standardization expertise in the area of 5G network control, SDN/NFV, network service abstraction and orchestration, virtualization and end-to-end control. This experience translates into a unique offer of consultancy services (3rd party design and development, integration/validation, technical program management and training) which builds on a large base of knowledge and software assets (e.g. OpenDaylight, OpenStack, OSM, OpenBaton, ONAP), often complemented with multiple proprietary developments of NFV MANO elements.

Read about Nextworks in the context of 5G in the brochure "SME Expertise and Skills in the 5G Domain", published by 5G PPP and NetWorld in June 2018.

Role in the Project

In BlueSPACE project, Nextworks will work on the network requirements and 5G backhaul solutions with specific focus on design architecture and interfaces of the SDN controller for SDM technologies and the NFV MANO tools for provisioning of multi-tenant network slices.



Eulambia was founded in 2013, as a spin-off from the Optical Communications and Photonics Technologies Laboratory of the University of Athens, Greece. Members of the company are highly qualified engineers and researchers with expertise spanning from broadband communications and sensing systems to physical layer cryptography and security. Since inception, the company focuses on overcoming the engineering challenges associated with applying innovative research results to real world products and services.

Eulambia’s mission is to fuse innovative approaches with sound engineering principles, whilst understanding the financial and manufacturing constraints.

Eulambia provides custom and cost-effective solutions to a broad range of research, development or engineering problems in the areas of photonics and electronics.

Role in the Project

 In the framework of BlueSPACE, Eulambia leads the activities related to the design and development of the Analog Radio-over-Fiber (ARoF) transceivers.

Dr. ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

Dr. ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

About BlueSpace Project TEAM Leader

Dr. ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is part of the Netherlands Institute for Photonics Integration (IPI) based at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also affiliated with the University's Electro-Optical Communications (ECO) Research Group. 

Academic Background

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy started his academic career in the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine, and graduated from the Bonch-Bruevitch Institute of Communications, St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1992, where he received a M.Sc. degree in multichannel telecommunications. In 1996 he received a Technology Licentiate degree in telecommunications theory from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The same year he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in 1999 and worked as an assistant professor until 2006.

He has since founded and led from 2007 the metro-access and short-range communications group of the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark where he was Professor until June 2017. He has also been a guest Professor at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, University of California at Berkeley and ITMO University Fellowship Professor.

Idelfonso has participated in several European research framework projects in photonic technologies and their applications to communication systems. He currently coordinates the H2020 ITN CELTA and 5G PPP blueSPACE projects. His research interests are in photonics technologies for hybrid optical-wireless communications, high-capacity optical fiber transmission, and short-range data links.

He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers and has graduated 20 PhD students. He is co-founder of the Danish start-up Bifrost Communications which is developing a device that amplifies and separates fiber optical signals with the potential savings for the global telecommunications industries millions of Euros. 

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The Netherlands Institute for Photonic Integration continues the research of the TU/e research school COBRA, tapping into the knowledge of an extensive staff of researchers along with a large cleanroom (800 square metres) optimized for photonics R&D. The research school has grown into one of the world’s leading proponents of photonics. There is intensive collaboration on photonics with the research groups of the University of Twente and TU Delft, as well as many institutions outside the Netherlands.

Photonic Integration Technology Center

In order to develop prototypes on the basis of scientific knowledge, a 'technology center', the Photinic Integration technology Center (PITC), has been established that will work in the same three specific focal areas as the IPI and extend the fundamental research results of the IPI to a level from which companies can take over further development.:

  • The PITC is driven by developments in research, but also by roadmaps and by input from companies united in PhotonDelta. In this way these companies have direct access to fundamental and applied research, on topics and on a level from which they can carry it further.


The Institute for Photonic Integration is the knowledge engine of the Photon Delta ecosystem, the sum of high-tech companies, knowledge institutions and authorities that have joined forces to gain a leading position in the development and commercialization of photonics.


About our Funding

On the 1st June 2017, 21 new projects were launched as part of phase 2 of the 5G-Public Private Partnership. Bluespace is one of those new projects.

About the 5G-PPP

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership, in short 5G PPP, has been initiated by the EU Commission and industry manufacturers, telecommunications operators, service providers, SMEs and researchers.

In the 5G PPP, the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) represents the private side and the European Commission the public side. The 5G IA is committed to the advancement of 5G in Europe and to build global consensus on 5G.

The Association and its Members carry out a wide-range of activities in key strategic areas including standardisation, frequency spectrum, R&D, cooperation with other strategic industry sectors. The Association has two categories of membership: Members and Associate Members.

The 5G Infrastructure Association launched an activity in 2016 to generate a strategy for developing a Pan-European 5G Trials Roadmap, and then to prepare the comprehensive Trials Roadmap.

To generate these documents and roadmaps, the 5G Infrastructure Association initiated and coordinates a 5G Trials Working Group expanding the work initiated by the Industry and EC in the context of respectively the 5G Manifesto of industry in Europe and the 5G Action Plan of the EU Commission.