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intelligent Converged network consolIdating Radio and optical access aRound USer equipment.

Objective

To meet the high throughput demands envisaged for 5G networks, with increased user densification and bandwidth-hungry applications, while at the same time reducing energy consumption, iCIRRUS proposes an intelligent Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) that brings together optical fibre technology, low-cost but highly flexible Ethernet networking, wireless resource management for device-to-device (D2D) communication (incl. the use of mm-wave spectrum) and the use of virtual mobiles in the cloud. The iCIRRUS C-RAN introduces the use of Ethernet in the fronthaul/midhaul (for radio signal transport), to minimise cost and make available pluggable and in-device monitoring, and intelligent processing to enable self-optimizing network functions which maximise both network resource utilisation and energy efficiency. To exemplify the attractiveness of the proposition, iCIRRUS focusses on D2D communication in the wireless domain, an important work area in current standardisation, where low latency is known to be a significant factor. The latency and jitter in the iCIRRUS Ethernet-based C-RAN will be an important focus of the research work in the project, with current 5G performance targets in mind; for D2D communications, the task will be to minimise control latency and overhead. A major obstacle for C-RANs is the bit-rate of the digitised radio signals that would be required for 5G – of the order of 100 Gb/s and iCIRRUS will examine the architectural and technological questions surrounding this requirement. Wireless resource management will be investigated, together with mobile device caching and mm-wave D2D mesh networks, to reduce latency as well as load on the infrastructure. Finally, the intelligent network functions in ICIRRUS can interact with mobile cloud processing, and further offloads of infrastructure communications can be realised through virtualising mobiles in the cloud as clones, and performing communication tasks between clones.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 488 440

Participants (11)

ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 78 702,50
Address
Tribune Way Clifton Moor
YO30 4RY York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ORANGE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 232 750
Address
Rue Olivier De Serres 78
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELEKOM SLOVENIJE DD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 288 250
Address
Cigaletova Ulica 15
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRIMETEL PLC
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 296 625
Address
Omonoias 141, Maritime Centre
3045 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WELLNESS TELECOM SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 185 250
Address
Calle Gregor J. Mendel 6 Planta 1 Edificio Da Vinc
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 549 215
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 458 638
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VIAVI SOLUTIONS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 421 520
Address
Astor House Newbury Business Park London Road
RG14 2PZ Newbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IAF INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE FUNKSYSTEMTECHNIK GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 419 145
Address
Berliner Strasse 52 J
38104 Braunschweig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERDIGITAL EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
64 Great Eastern Street
EC2A 3QR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 413 659,50
Address
Maerzenquelle 1-3
98617 Meiningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)