5G-EmPOWER is a Multi-access Edge Computing Operating System supporting lightweight virtualization and heterogeneous radio access technologies.

Converge SDN and NFV into a single operating system for multi-access edge computing

5G-EmPOWER flexible architecture and high-level programming APIs allow for fast prototyping of apps and services.


In 5G-EmPOWER everything, including radio access, is treated as Virtual Network Function. Data-plane support includes Wi-Fi, LTE, and unikernels.

Network Service Plane

Complex network services are implemented by chaining different Virtual Network Functions. Self-x features are supported.


Network service programmability is enabled through an intent-driven application framework implemented by the COHERENT SDK.


5G-EmPOWER builds upon a set of high-level programming abstractions providing developers with full visibility of the network state and allowing them to dynamically deploy and orchestrate network services.

Mobility Management

Centralized mobility management for Wi-Fi and LTE Networks.


Custom packet processing operations over a precise portion of the traffic.

Active Slicing

Deploy custom resource allocation schemes within a network slice.

Lightweight Virtualization

Manage and orchestrate lightweight virtual network functions.


5G-EmPOWER has been partially supported by the following projects:

Control and Coordination Plane for heterogenous 5G Radio Access Networks.

Management and Orchestration in Multi-access Edge Computing scenarios.

Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences.


Thanks to the following institutions for activelly contributing to 5G-EmPOWER:

University Castilla la Mancha
Multicasting, mobility management, and end-to-end slicing in Wi-Fi Networks.

Polytechnic University of Catalonia
RAN slicing in Wi-Fi Networks.

imec - University of Antwerp
Mobility management in Wi-Fi Networks.

About 5G-EmPOWER

5G-EmPOWER is developed by the Wireless and Networked Systems (WiN) Research Unit at FBK CREATE-NET.

The objective of the WiN research unit is to develop future converged broadband networks and communication infrastructures, which will connect the future Internet of people, content, cloud and things.