The NetWorld2020 SME Working Group is the voice of the NetWorld2020 SME community, as well as the networking place for the NetWorld2020 SME community. It has been officially endorsed by the NetWorld2020 Steering Board on 27 June 2014 in Bologna, with the following mandate:


Since its inception, SME Working Group activities have been mostly focusing on promoting the skills and expertise of SMEs in the telecommunications domain, especially towards larger companies and research organisations, and on supporting the engagement of SMEs in collaborative projects and cooperation with those players, via networking and exchange of information amongst SME representatives.

The main activities of the SME WG include: quarterly telephone conferences + ad-hoc telcos whenever required; regular updates of the “Find your SME” web page, including the SME brochure and the SME success stories; interaction amongst SMEs; participation in events e.g. with dedicated SME-related presentations; and other SME promotional activities e.g. report to NetWorld2020 Steering Board and the 5G Initiative Steering Board meetings. The SME WG also has a strong link to the 5G Infrastructure Association, with two of its representatives in the Board of the Association.

The number of members in the SME Working Group has been regularly increasing since its inception. By end of October 2020, there were 193 members, including 163 SMEs.

How to join the NetWorld2020 SME Working Group and contribute?

Joining NetWorld2020 SME working group is easy and takes only a few minutes:

  1. Ask NetWorld2020 Membership by filling the application form (if you are not already a member)
  2. Click here to send an email requesting to be part of the SME Working Group

Welcome to the community!

Find the SME you need!

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have an important role to play in developing, piloting and deploying 5G technologies to address the needs of various vertical sectors. The NetWorld2020 SME Working Group provides industry and academia with a simple view of what expertise and skills SMEs can bring in terms of 5G/6G innovation, and of knowledge of vertical sectors.

Look at the FIND THE SME YOU NEED web page, to find the complete SME offering in 5G/6G. A more complete description of each SME offering may be found in the SME BROCHURE.

SMEs in the 5G Public-Private Partnership

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) is a joint initiative between the European Commission and European ICT industry (ICT manufacturers, telecommunications operators, service providers, SMEs and researcher Institutions).  Its main objective is to reinforce the European industry to successfully compete on global markets and open new innovation opportunities around 5G and the associated vertical sectors.

By September 2020, according to the H2020 dashboard, the participation of SMEs in the 5G PPP has reached 19.13%, representing a total of 91.38 M€ in EU funding[1]. 226 SME participation are accounted for, i.e. 20.96% of the 1,078 participations. When the latest 5G PPP projects are officially launched, the expectation is to reach 22% SME participation in the 5G PPP overall.

Thanks to our followers!

The Find your SME web page was viewed almost 1,000 times in the 2nd semester of 2019, with peaks at certain stages when project calls were launched, or specific promotion of the web page was made. Interestingly the average time spent by the viewers reading the page is quite high, i.e. more than 4 minutes. This clearly demonstrates that viewers are navigating thoroughly through the page, to find the information they need. Since then, a “search” function has been implemented as of July 2020, which should facilitate the search for expertise and thus reduce the time spent to find the most relevant SME(s).


[1] These figures include the following calls: Phase 1: H2020-ICT-2014-2 / ICT-14-2014; Phase 2: H2020-ICT-2016-2 / ICT-7-2016; Phase 3 (1): H2020-ICT-2017 / ICT-17-2017; Phase 3 (2) H2020-ICT-2018 / ICT-18-2018; Phase 3 (3) H2020-ICT-2019 / ICT-19-2019; Phase 3 (4) H2020-ICT-2019 / ICT-20-2019.

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