The NetworldEurope SME Working Group is the voice of the NetworldEurope SME community, as well as the networking place for the NetworldEurope 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 NetworldEurope Steering Board and the 5G Initiative Steering Board meetings. The SME WG also has a strong link to the 5G Infrastructure Association, with one 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 July 2021, there were 211  members, including 182 SMEs.


The SME WG released a Position Paper related to the participation and contribution of SMEs in the upcoming Smart Networks & Services (SNS) Partnership in Horizon Europe. Read the paper here.

How to join the NetworldEurope SME Working Group and contribute?

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

  1. Ask NetworldEurope 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 NetworldEurope 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.

The SME participation in 5G PPP projects has exceeded the original objective of 20% participation defined as a Key Performance Indicator of the programme. According to the H2020 dashboard, the participation of SMEs in the 5G PPP has reached 21.95% of EU funding, representing a total of 156.3 M€[1]. SMEs have contributed to 24.43% of the total participation in 5G PPP projects. 65% of the SMEs participated in one project, and 35% in two or more projects.

167 SMEs are participating in 5G PPP Phase 3 projects, for a total EC funding in the range of 100 M€. Although the participation of SMEs in 5G PPP projects has been quite stable throughout the various phases of the programme, Phase 3, and more especially the call dedicated to “5G innovations for verticals with third party services”, allowed the participation of SMEs to finally exceed the objective. The EC funding for SMEs reached 49% in this specific call, in line with the recommendation from the call text that “50% of SMEs are targeted for this action”. Remarkably enough, despite this peak in participation with this call for Innovation Actions (IAs), the global level of participation of SMEs in Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) and in IAs is similar in the 5G PPP.

[1] All figures are extracted from the H2020 dashboard

Thanks to our followers!

The “Find your SME” web page was viewed more than 2,500 times in 2020, making it the top viewed page on the NetworldEurope web site (except for the home page).


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