We are witnessing an unprecedented worldwide growth of mobile data traffic that is expected to continue at an annual rate of 45% over the next years, reaching 30.5 exabytes per month by 2020. To handle this “data tsunami”, the emerging 5th generation (5G) systems need to improve the net- work performance in terms of energy consumption, throughput and user experienced delay, and at the same time make a better use of the network resources such as wireless bandwidth and backhaul link capacity. The landscape toward 5G wireless communication is currently unclear, and, despite the efforts of academia and industry in evolving traditional cellular networks, the enabling technology for 5G is still obscure. The vision for the 5th generation of mobile networks (5G) includes at its heart the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, leading to a new era of connectivity where billions of devices exchange data and instill intelligence in our everyday life. The EU has set out to play a leading role in developing 5G technologies by consolidating and building upon the most important research and innovation results attained in previous research programs. The objective of the TACTILENet project is to bring together the complementary expertise of European and third-country partners in order to lay the foundations for addressing basic issues in several facets of 5G networking. The cross-fertilization among partners will contribute to the ongoing research efforts by jointly identifying ambitious yet feasible goals for 5G system, addressing some of the fundamental research problems in achieving these goals, and finally, by designing and analyzing a suite of protocols.