The OBAN proposal introduces an innovative approach to establish a broadband mobile network in line with present B3G visions. The concept is based upon an Open Access Network (OAN) approach characterised by that all private wireless LANs and broadband access lines are made available for public use, thus the stationary users (the hosts) can continue to use their wireless LAN as before, and that casual passing users can access and maintain communication via these access points.
The visitors and the stationary users will share the capacity of wireless LANs and access lines according to a general service agreement between the involved parties. It is assumed that the majority of private homes during a few years will have access to a broadband network over ADSL, VDSL, fiber, cable, radio, etc and that wireless technology will be the winning technology for in-house communication both for residential and business users. In urban areas, all these micro base stations will form continuous radio coverage allowing users to roam through the landscape while maintaining their communication sessions.
Compared to conventional cellular mobile networks consisting of a limited number of optimally located out-door base stations and antenna masts, the OBAN network will consist of a much higher number of micro base stations randomly located. The main objective of the proposal is to explore, develop and demonstrate the most important functionalities, performance and opportunities of the OBAN concept. To realise the concept existing protocols and mechanisms have to undergo fundamental improvements and the following sub-objectives are therefore identified.
Each of them contains innovative RandD aspects:
- To develop/adapt access control and security mechanisms,
- To develop/adapt appropriate mobility functionalities,
- To develop/adapt appropriate QoS mechanisms,
- To explore relevant legal and regulatory issue,
- To explore/simulate the potential network coverage.
Fields of science
- natural sciencescomputer and information sciencescomputer securityaccess control
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringinformation engineeringtelecommunicationstelecommunications networksmobile network
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringinformation engineeringtelecommunicationsradio technology
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
1221 CN Hilversum
SN5 6PP Swindon, Wiltshire