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Dynamic Interconnections for the Cellular Ecosystem

Project description

The next generation of cellular interconnections

The rapid increase of mobile networks worldwide has created new challenges. For instance, existing infrastructure requires advanced services associated with the change of the existing methodology of interconnection towards an all-IP ecosystem. Mobile network operators (MNOs) that monopolised services are now challenged by mobile network aggregators (MNAs) that are taking over the market. MNAs can multiplex clients across several MNOs to secure perfect service and sustained quality of experience. The EU-funded DICE project will design fluid interconnection models between the client, MNOs and the IP exchange providers. The project envisages elucidating the existing cellular interconnection ecosystem and will design innovative solutions to support next-generation IP interconnection models.


Mobile networks are now rising to the status of critical infrastructure: there will be 11.6 billion mobile-connected devices by 2021, exceeding the world’s population. As the market transitions from existing technologies to an all-IP ecosystem, the need to innovate the way services are delivered is critical. This drives us to change our approach to interconnection, leading towards a more global and flexible model. Over the past years we have been witnessing the shift from a unilateral, network-centric communications market to an environment with many market players around the user and its powerful device. Though Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) used to have a monopoly on these services, this is now being challenged. For example, Mobile Network Aggregators (MNAs) such as Google Fi are gaining popularity among end-users. MNAs are able to multiplex clients across multiple MNOs in order to ensure optimal service and sustained quality of experience (QoE). In this context, there is a stringent and immediate need for MNOs to develop sustainable strategies including next-generation interconnections to adapt and remain relevant. Understanding, monitoring and innovating how mobile end-users consume and reach content, especially under dynamic mobility scenarios (e.g. international roaming), is of paramount importance. My scientific goal in this project is to design fluid interconnection models between the end-user, the MNOs and the IP Exchange (IPX) providers. I plan to illuminate the current cellular interconnection ecosystem and design novel solutions to facilitate and enable next-generation IP interconnection models. I propose to explore novel technologies (e.g. distributed ledger technology) that enable MNOs to interact directly and offer their users customized services (e.g. using crypto-currencies). This will increase the number of connected people, while enabling MNOs to extend their coverage and sustain a healthy stream of revenue from market growth.


Net EU contribution
€ 160 932,48
28050 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 160 932,48