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mmWave Communications in the Built Environments

Objective

The foreseen exponential growth of mobile data traffic will not be uniform across geographical areas, but is mainly concentrated in hot spots that are usually located in the built environments (BEs) such as central business districts, stations, airports, stadiums, dense urban environments, etc. This poses considerable challenges that we believe can be solved by ultra dense deployment of millimetre-wave (mmW) small-cells (SCs) in conjunction with massive multiple-input multipleoutput (MIMO) in 5G and beyond 5G (B5G) wireless networks. However, there are a number of research challenges that need to be addressed for a successful deployment of 5G/B5G wireless networks: even if the theoretical background of massive MIMO is by now rather complete, the actual performance characterization and measurements of mmW antenna arrays has not yet been fully addressed at either the component or system level; mmW radio channel measurements have
been performed but with limited time delay resolution, single antennas and over single radio links; and mmW bands have been considered for mobile communications, but the level of detail and diversity of BEs necessary for meaningful mmW SC deployment has not been fully exploited. Therefore, we propose here a research approach that combines the three disruptive key enabling technologies for 5G/B5G with the aim to answer fundamental questions that are still not well understood.

Hence, the research objectives of the project are as follows:
• Develop and test mmW MIMO and massive MIMO antennas.
• Characterize and model radio propagation channel at mmW bands for typical BEs (offices, homes, stations, airports).
• Theoretically analyse and optimise massive MIMO mmW SC performance in the BEs.
• Integrate massive MIMO mmW SC networks with their operating environments.
• Develop methods to retrofit existing buildings and to design new buildings for efficient high-capacity wireless communications in the BEs.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Net EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3a
46022 Valencia
Spain

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham

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Region
North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB

Participation ended

Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
-
412 96 Goteborg

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RANPLAN WIRELESS NETWORK DESIGN LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Upper Pendrill Court Ermine Street North Papworth Everard
CB23 3UY Cambridge

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TELEVIC CONFERENCE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 501 120,00
Address
Leo Bekaertlaan 1
8870 Izegem

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. West-Vlaanderen Arr. Roeselare
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GAPWAVES AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Banehagsgatan 22
414 51 Goteborg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede

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Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

TELENOR ASA
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Snaroyveien 30
1331 Fornebu

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00