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D-band radio 5G network technology

Project description

Solution for fast and cost-effective 5G wireless networks

Today’s industrial sector, operators and academics expect 5G wireless networks to provide wideband wireless access and omnipresent computing everywhere and at any time. However, this scenario requires a massive performance improvement in medium-range wireless infrastructures. This modernisation can only be achieved through the convergence of advanced semiconductor nanotechnology and a solid wireless infrastructure based on meshed networks with seamless fibre characteristics. The EU-funded DRAGON project will tackle the constraints of the existing E-band wireless backhaul solutions by exploiting the radio spectrum in D-band (130-174.8 GHz). It will develop a small-form-factor and high-capacity radio solution to accelerate optical systems to backhaul systems in a cost-affordable way. A power-efficient and silicon-based BiCMOS transceiver analogue front end that operates in D-band will allow cost-efficient telecommunications networks with seamless fibre performance.


Nowadays there is a shared vision among industry, operators and academy that 5G wireless networks will have to provide wideband wireless access and ubiquitous computing anywhere and at any time. The human life of the majority of the EU citizens will be surrounded by intelligent wireless sensors, which will bring radical changes to the way we live and do things. Supporting this scenario is a challenge for network operators and wireless network infrastructures and it will demand a tremendous performance improvement of medium range wireless infrastructure. This challenge needs to be addressed by a convergence of advanced semiconductor nanotechnology and a robust wireless infrastructure based on meshed networks with seamless fiber performances.

The DRAGON project, through the exploitation of the radio spectrum in D-band (130-174.8 GHz) , will overcome the constraints of current E-band wireless backhaul solutions to achieve a small-form factor and high-capacity radio solution, suitable for massive deployment, that will enable bringing the speed of optical systems to backhaul systems in a cost effective way. The DRAGON project vision and objectives rely on a power efficient and silicon based BiCMOS transceiver analog front end, operating in D-band and enabling cost efficient deployment of telecommunications networks with seamless fiber performance. A beam steering integrated antenna array using an intelligent low-cost packaging technology will be developed for the implementation of the 5G network demo trial on field, with fine beam alignment for facilitating the installation and compensating pole vibration.

The DRAGON consortium has a well-balanced and complementary know-how in the relevant areas for designing and demonstrating the feasibility of a small cell cellular network architecture based on meshed D-band backhaul links. DRAGON will therefore secure Europe’s industrial leadership and pave the way towards innovative 5G telecommunications networks.

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Net EU contribution
€ 858 472,50
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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