The 5G Catalunya project was one of the winners of the second call for funds to develop 5G pilots that was launched at the end of 2019 by —an entity of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation— within the National 5G Plan. The initiative is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project consists of seven use cases aimed at developing solutions in the urban mobility environment, remote education, the industrial sector, remote procurement, audiovisual transmission, management of security and emergencies in the urban environment, and the construction of a neutral multi-operator network to provide connectivity in areas with high seasonal occupancy such as the beaches of the Barcelona coastline.

The execution of the 7 use cases contemplated in the project will promote digital transformation in different areas of people's lives, helping to consolidate the implementation of a technological ecosystem that will act, without a doubt, as a lever for development both at the social and economic.

Use cases


SEAT SA: Industry 4.0 and 5G

This use case developed by SEAT SA concerns the use of a private 5G network as a basis for deploying a platform to enable assets to be located inside a factory.
Despliegue red NOC

A fully 5G network

Barcelona will be the scenario of a fully 5G network roll-out, enabled to carry out the use cases contemplated in the project, which will remain in operation once the project is completed.
XAL antena

XAL: Use of the 5G network in the audiovisual sector

This pilot aims to show the advantages that 5G technology brings to audiovisual production.
Mercado boqueria

Augmented reality for online shopping in Barcelona's Boqueria market

This project aims to enrich the online shopping experience using augmented reality for sellers and buyers alike.
Guardia Urbana

Managing public safety and emergencies using 5G

Prevention, rapid intervention and drawing conclusions by analysing situations that have already occurred.
Playa urbana

Neutral host, connectivity in areas with high seasonal occupancy

This pilot aims to show how the neutral host model enables efficient and flexible 5G network deployment and extends connectivity services to shadow areas
aumenta_ holografia-caso de uso

Holographic support in distance education

This use case is aimed at creating a holographic support for distance learning environments.
Autobus autonomo

Autonomous bus 5G

This project, in which Fira de Barcelona intervenes, aims to provide mobility solutions in large closed spaces in a sustainable way.

News & Events

The mobility of the future will be 5G

The mobility of the future is strongly linked to sustainability and environmental conservation. In this context the advantages offered by 5G communications are crucial. A vehicle that is permanently connected to its surroundings (road, traffic lights, other vehicles, etc.) means safer and more efficient mobility. It is an increasingly near future that will be possible thanks, among other things, to the low latency guaranteed by 5G, all but doing away with response time lag in the event of, say, a possible collision.

The disruption that heralds a new industrial era

Copernicus, Leonardo da Vinci, Newton and Einstein were great visionaries who broadened our view of the universe and hence expanded our knowledge of reality and of ourselves. They did so by breaking established moulds and changing the scientific paradigm of their time. On a different scale, 5G ushers in a new era for industry, an activity that is vital to the world we live in.

5GCat demonstrates its commitment to open innovation and public-private collaboration

5G technology is a gateway to new services hitherto unheard of and, at the same time, an ally of more modern and efficient local administration. This is how the 5GCat project was presented at the latest edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), marked by security measures to counter the pandemic and by the great expectations of economic revival that the new connectivity offers all sectors.

Latency: why response time is so important

Life is about decisions. Sometimes we have enough time to take them. Other times, we have to choose immediately between various options. Any delay can be detrimental and change the course of events. The most important thing when taking decisions is to have as much information as possible and a clear hierarchy of values.

5G, a fruitful revolution

Technology is a great help and it will be a lever for the recovery from the present difficulties. First, 5G, a very fruitful revolution that will give a definite boost to the digital transformation of society, will bring us new services and will drive a leap forward in the automation of industry and logistics.

5G: experience the world through a new dimension

See reality with fresh eyes. Break down geographical barriers. Feel that you're in another place and practically touch it. Get a little closer to the gift of ubiquity. Experience situations as you never have before. All this and much more is what 5G is going to bring us, a technological revolution that will give us a different view of the world.

5G, a springboard to transform cities

What actually is a city? Why do we live together in such confined spaces? How will we interact in future? How will megacities deal with the challenges of public health, climate change and mobility? What will be the role of small and medium-sized cities? All these unknowns are up for discussion today and herald a paradigm shift in which technology will play a decisive role.

Presentation of the second call for 5G pilot projects

On 16 November 2020, then Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, officially opened the second call for the 5G pilot programme run by

Project partners and participating companies

The 5G Catalunya project is developed by a consortium of eight companies led by Cellnex Telecom and the MASMOVIL Group, along with Catalan operator Parlem Telecom, Aumenta Solutions, a company specialised in augmented reality for industry, engineering company Atos, Nae consultancy, technology company Lenovo and the Nearby Computing start-up, a spin-off of Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Participating companies