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Ultra capacity wireless layer beyond 100 GHz based on millimeter wave Traveling Wave Tubes

Objective

For the first time, smartphones and tablets data usage exceeds desktops. This is a wake up call for manufacturers and operators to provide users with ubiquitous, high speed and high quality wireless coverage. The 5G cell densification is the only available route due to the constraints of sub-6GHz networks. A dense deployment of small cells requires a capillary backhaul and novel approaches to fronthaul. While the increase of data rate at small cell level has found solutions, the quest for high-density backhaul remains still unanswered. The fiber is too expensive and of difficult deployment. The wireless backhaul is the preferred solution for operators for performance, flexibility and cost. The traffic demand requires an upshift from microwave to high capacity millimeter wave backhaul, and overcome the current technology limits. ULTRAWAVE responds to the challenge of high capacity, high cell density backhaul by proposing, for the first time, the exploitation of the whole millimeter wave spectrum beyond 100 GHz. This will be used to create an ultra capacity layer providing more than 100 Gbps per kilometer square in Point to Multi point at D-band (141 – 174.8 GHz) over 500 m radius of coverage, fed by novel G-band (300 GHz) Point to Point high capacity links with more than 600 m range. The ULTRAWAVE system is empowered by the convergence of three main technologies: vacuum electronics, solid-state electronics and photonics in a unique wireless system, with transmission power at Watt level at millimeter waves, generated by novel traveling wave tubes. The ULTRAWAVE consortium includes five top Academic institutions and three high technology SMEs from five European countries. The vast capacity, flexibility and easy deployment of the ULTRAWAVE layer will enable backhaul of hundreds of small and pico cells, no matter the density, and will open scenarios so far not conceivable for new networks paradigms and architectures aiming at a full 5G implementation.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 681 553,75

Participants (7)

FIBERNOVA SYSTEMS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 285 312,50
Address
Calle Islas Canarias Num
46023 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 476 437,50
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 368 250
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 294 750
Address
Heinrich Hertz Strasse 6
34123 Kassel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OMMIC SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Chemin Du Moulin 2
94453 Limeil Brevannes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 370 375
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 254 687,50
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments