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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 23:09

VITAL plenary meeting in Rome

The third plenary meeting of VITAL project is taking place during these days at Rome, hosted jointly by Intecs and Create-Net. The main purpose of the meeting is to review the progress with the project especially with the transition phase from the architecture consolidation to the development phase of the project. One of the main discussion points is the VITAL innovation aspect with the work on SatCom gateway and SatCom core network virtualization, which is a major focus in VITAL. Furthermore, there were several interactions on the architectural traits with the NFV infrastructure management and orchestration and the SDN component for the NFVI PoP with NF chaining, and the combination with the SDN applied to the SatCom domain as a whole. Such combination is unique in a multi-domain network like that of VITAL. In this direction, there were discussions on the design aspect of the Federation broker and its control interfaces.

Partners also discussed the plans for preparation of the first technical audit of the project, which is scheduled for late-January 2016. In this regard, several interactions happened on the demos and PoC that will be showcased during the review. Further, the development phase progress was also discussed, with specific inputs on the VNF developpment, the NFV platform approaches followed by the partners, and the SDN/NFV orchestration framework.

Several options for dissemination and communication actions for the next semester in 2016 were also discussed, which is a critical phase of the VITAL project in order to gain traction in several areas, including relevant standardisation initiatives, like ETSI & IETF; and plans for interaction/dissemination at EU level events, including liaison with closely related projects were also discussed. Please watch the webspace of VITAL in order to follow the progress with the dissemination actions which will be communicated through the project website.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 12:02

VITAL project participation at EUCNC 2015

VITAL project was represented at the EUCNC Workshop on NFV and Programmability, where a presentation on the project goals was made to the audience. There were interesting discussions surrounding potential cooperation between the projects that are in the same pool as VITAL looking at developing NFV-based solutions across different network infrastructures including multi-domain networks.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:10

VITAL Project meeting in Athens

The VITAL project partners will meet in Athens during May 28-29 for the first plenary meeting. The meeting will be hosted by the project partner, OTE.

The meeting is an important event to finalize the scenarios and use cases selected for the project and will contribute to the maturation of the system architecture. Furthermore, the Athens meeting will lay foundation to define the targets and objectives within the research Work Packages, since the partners have already started the work on analysing NFV extensions to SatCom networks and to define the appropriate specification of the Federated Network Resource Management (FNRM) framework.

Monday, 23 February 2015 14:15

Vital succesfully launched


 Welcome to the project website of the H2020 VITAL (VIrtualized hybrid satellite satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future networks) project. The VITAL project officially started on the first of February 2015. All information about the project and the progress regarding scientific results and the achievements of the expected impacts and outcomes will be reported through the website. The project kick-off meeting is scheduled to be held at Trento during 25-26 of February.

Please check back at the news space for all the progress regarding the project. Also watch out the Twitter space as we will be regularly tweeting about the project updates and achievements.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:01


VITAL has an ambitious goal to transform convergence between SatCom and terrestrial networks, leveraging the SDN/NFV paradigm. While the SDN/NFV concepts are starting to pave its way into the carrier network domain, allowing more flexible control of communication networks, it is not yet explored within the SatCom domain. Furthermore, the integrated network management infrastructure as proposed in VITAL to achieve flexible and easier hybrid inter-networking between the two domains and in combination with the intelligent NFV infrastructure will create an innovative step in the terrestrial-satellite interworking space with opportunities to create applications offering seamless delivery across the domains. Standards bodies like ETSI, IETF and ONF dealing with SDN/NFV technologies have acknowledged the priority and interests of seeking innovative approaches to address multi-domain network infrastructure management. VITAL will not only contribute to this path, but will also provide practical evidence of their applicability, as well as valuable feedback to the scientific community and industry fora.

A clear impact expected from VITAL is the creation of new market players who can develop and bring to the market competitive and integrated solutions for SatCom and terrestrial networks by offering high capacity, economically efficient service provisioning with associated transparent business models.

The project approach to dissemination and exploitation activities is based on a systematically planned and interlinked activities outlined in two plans:

(i) a Community Building and Dissemination Plan, focused at bringing together a community of researchers and practitioners surrounding the VITAL concepts;
(ii) an Exploitation and Technology maturation plan, aimed at identifying the opportunities for the technology and commercial use of the knowledge and intellectual property derived from the project outcomes.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:00


Develop a system based on NFV/SDN principles and technologies for the hybrid combination of terrestrial and satellite networking infrastructures, defining network components and interfaces at terminal, system/network and service levels.

  • Implementation and performance characterisation of a number of virtualised SatCom networking components and functions, together with the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) management framework.
  • Proof of concept implementation of a federated network resource management framework and evaluation of the resource management approaches over hybrid NFV/SDN-based Satellite-Terrestrial Networks.
  • Validation and demonstration of the concepts through a combination of real test-beds and emulators, addressing short-to-medium term applicability (demonstrated through test-bed platforms with real equipment) as well as medium-to-long term applicability (demonstrated through a combination of test-bed platforms and emulators).
  • Business models evaluation, techno-economic analysis and roadmap for exploitation and commercialization.
Monday, 02 March 2015 14:48

Work in progress

This content will be online soon.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:52




CREATE-NET - Center for REsearch And Telecommunication Experimentation for NETworked communities ITALY
 National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos GREECE
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya SPAIN 
CNES - Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales FRANCE
   Intecs SpA  ITALY
  OneAccess SA   FRANCE
   Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.  GREECE



Synaptec FRANCE
Monday, 23 February 2015 10:03


VITAL (VIrtualized hybrid satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future networks) is an ambitious project addressing the combination of Terrestrial and Satellite networks by pursuing two key innovation areas, by bringing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the satellite domain and by enabling Software-Defined-Networking (SDN)-based, federated resources management in hybrid SatCom-terrestrial networks. Enabling SDN- based, federated resource management paves way for a unified control plane that would allow operators to efficiently manage and optimise the operation of hybrid SatCom-Terrestrial networks. Enabling NFV into SatCom domain will provide the operators with appropriate tools and interfaces in order to establish end-to-end fully operable virtualised satellite networks to be offered to third-party operators/service providers. The project will primarily focus on developing the concepts in VITAL around three key application scenarios: Satellite Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) services, Satellite backhauling and hybrid telecom service delivery.

The solutions developed in VITAL will enable improved coverage, optimised communication resources use and better network resilience, along with improved innovation capacity and business agility for deploying communications services over combined networks. VITAL will address the development of a hybrid architectural framework, the required mechanisms to enable virtualization of SatCom network components, including performance optimisation and implementation of a number of virtualised functions, and the design of an SDN- enabled, federated resources management framework, embedding strategies and algorithmic solutions to provide end-to-end communication services. Proof of Concept validation of VITAL solutions and enabling technologies through a combination of real prototypes and emulators are also envisaged. The project aims to impact standardization initiatives and will contribute to open platform initiatives for SDN/NFV deployments. 

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:43

VITAL project


VITAL (VIrtualized hybrid satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future networks) is an ambitious project addressing the combination of Terrestrial and Satellite networks by pursuing two key innovation areas, by bringing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the satellite domain and by enabling Software-Defined-Networking (SDN)-based, federated resources management in hybrid SatCom-terrestrial networks.

The VITAL project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Research and Innovation program.

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