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ETHER – sElf-evolving terrestrial/non-Terrestrial Hybrid nEtwoRks

Project description

Energy-efficient, integrated terrestrial-non-terrestrial networks

The term non-terrestrial networks includes any network that involves non-terrestrial flying objects. Integrating terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks can connect the unconnected and increase the user experience for the already connected. The EU-funded ETHER project will provide a comprehensive approach for integrated terrestrial-non-terrestrial networks targeting 100 % network coverage, 99.99999 % service continuity and 99.99999 % reliability, with three times higher energy efficiency and 95 % total cost of ownership reduction compared to existing terrestrial deployments. The project will develop solutions for a unified radio access network and energy-efficient, AI-enabled resource management across the terrestrial, aerial and space domains. ETHER will introduce and combine critical technologies under a unique 3D multi-layered architectural proposition.

Objective

ETHER aims to provide a holistic approach for integrated terrestrial-non-terrestrial networks targeting at 100% network coverage, 99.99999% service continuity and 99.99999% reliability, with 3 times higher energy efficiency and 95% Total Cost of Ownership reduction compared to current terrestrial only deployments. To achieve these goals, ETHER develops solutions for a Unified Radio Access Network (RAN) and for the energy-efficient, AI-enabled resource management across the terrestrial, aerial and space domains, while creating the business plans driving future investments in the area. To that end, ETHER introduces and combines a series of key technologies under a unique 3D multi-layered architectural proposition that brings together: i) a UE antenna design and implementation for direct handheld access in the integrated network, ii) a robust unified waveform, iii) energy-efficient seamless horizontal and vertical handover policies, iv) a zero-touch management and network orchestrator to self-adapt to rapidly evolving traffic conditions without human intervention, v) a flexible payload system to enable programmability in the aerial and space layers, vi) joint communication, compute and storage resource allocation solutions targeting at End-to-End network performance optimization leveraging efficient and novel predictive analytics schemes, and vii) energy-efficient semantics-aware information handling techniques combined with edge computing and caching for reduced latency across the distributed 3D compute and storage continuum.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Net EU contribution
€ 899 625,00
Address
2 PLACE DE L'UNIVERSITE
4365 ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE
Luxembourg

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Region
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 899 625,00

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