Realising Enabling Architectures and Solutions for Open Networks (REASON) brings together an ecosystem representing the entire telecommunications R&D.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £11,993,730

Project date(s):

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): Bristol, Southampton, Reading, London, Cambridge, Ipswich, Pulborough, Glasgow, Belfast, South Wales

Status: Open


  • University of Bristol
  • University of Strathclyde
  • King’s College London
  • Queens University Belfast
  • University of Southampton
  • Compound Semiconductor Centre-CSC
  • Digital Catapult
  • British Telecom-BT
  • British Broadcasting Corporation-BBC
  • Ericsson
  • Nokia
  • Samsung
  • Parallel Wireless Limited
  • Thales UK
  • Weaver Labs Limited
  • Real Wireless Limited

Project Summary

Realising Enabling Architectures and Solutions for Open Networks (REASON) brings together an ecosystem representing the entire telecommunication R&D supply chain, including three major mobile network equipment vendors, with a mission to innovate, develop, and industrialise technologies and solutions for future 6G telecommunication networks.  

REASON is developing a roadmap for open 6G network architectures, which are setting the framework for new developments across the entire technology stack. The project is providing novel solutions to effectively integrate multi-technology access networks and to advance their performance in line with the emerging 6G KPIs. New concepts are being proposed to support unprecedented network densification. Smart technologies are being developed that use multi-technology access networks to extract sensing information and support 6G use cases.

In addition, advanced solutions for network-edge and network-wide automation will be developed leveraging state-of-the art artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. REASON will provide end-to-end service optimisation through cognitive orchestration tools to enable edge-to-edge and domain-domain functionalities for a wide range of use cases.

All the required interfaces and protocols are being defined to assure interoperability of solutions.
Sustainability and security by design are underpinning fundamental themes that run through all architectural blocks.

Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou said “The University of Bristol is delighted to lead this partnership and drive the development of future open 6G network solutions in the UK.  Our project, REASON, is engaging a consortium of partners representing the entire telecoms R&D ecosystem, including leading UK Universities, large equipment vendors, service and content providers and innovative SMEs. REASON will address key technological challenges of delivering End-to-End Open Network solutions, considering all segments and functions of the network. The project will pursue breakthroughs on elevating bottlenecks of current systems, such as interoperability, agility, sustainability, resilience, and security, and will position UK-born technologies as candidates for delivering future solutions.”

Organisations participating in this project

University of Bristol

Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK and was ranked within the top 50 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a 5-star QS-rated University. The university is the UK’s top 20 universities for research intensity according to the Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF2014.

Kings College London

Kings College London is one of three sites in the UK that will be linked up via 5G test beds for the first time.

Queen's University Belfast

AMIC is an industry led, open access manufacturing and engineering innovation centre with state-of-the-art facilities and an expert engineering team, underpinned by
academic excellence. It delivers activities under 4 key strategic themes:
Smart Design; Digital Factory; Sustainable Composites and Polymers, & Nanotechnology/Photonics

Compound Semiconductor Centre Ltd

Compound Semiconductor Centre is focused on the commercialisation of compound semiconductor materials and device innovations. We are involved in Indium Phosphide photonics for communications, RF and power devices using Gallium Nitride, and Gallium Arsenide devices for 3D sensing and Quantum Tech.

Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult supports and promotes digital innovation and transformation to drive growth in the UK economy.


BT is a leading global business communications provider. With more than 17,000 people worldwide, BT supply ICT services to 5,500 multinational companies across 180 countries worldwide.


Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks.

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