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VIrtualized hybrid satellite-TerrestriAl systems for resilient and fLexible future networks

Objective

VITAL is an ambitious proposal addressing the combination of Terrestrial and Satellite networks by pursuing two key innovation areas, by bringing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the satellite domain and by enabling Software-Defined-Networking (SDN)-based, federated resources management in hybrid SatCom-terrestrial networks. Enabling NFV into SatCom domain will provide operators with appropriate tools and interfaces in order to establish end-to-end fully operable virtualised satellite networks to be offered to third-party operators/service providers. Enabling SDN-based, federated resource management paves way for a unified control plane that would allow operators to efficiently manage and optimise the operation of the hybrid network. While innovations pursued by VITAL are transversal, the project will primarily focus on three key application scenarios: Satellite Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) services, Satellite backhauling and hybrid telecom service delivery.
The solutions developed in VITAL will bring, through flexible integration of satellite and terrestrial segments, improved coverage, optimised communication resources use and better network resilience, along with improved innovation capacity and business agility for deploying communications services over combined networks. VITAL will address the development of a hybrid architectural framework, the required mechanisms to enable virtualization of SatCom network components, including performance optimisation and implementation of a number of virtualised functions, and the design of an SDN-enabled, federated resources management framework, embedding strategies and algorithmic solutions to provide end-to-end communication services.
Proof of Concept validation of VITAL solutions and enabling technologies through a combination of real prototypes and emulators are also envisaged. The project aims to impact standardization initiatives and will contribute to open platform initiatives for SDN/NFV deployments.
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FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

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Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento

Italy

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 483 250

CREATE-NET (CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND TELECOMMUNICATION EXPERIMENTATION FOR NETWORKED COMMUNITIES)

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Via Alla Cascata 56 D
38100 Trento

Italy

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Research Organisations

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 403 875

INTECS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 325 000

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 335 625

HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION S.A. - OTE AE (ORGANISMOS TILEPIKOINONION TIS ELLADOS OTE AE)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 201 250

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES

France

EU Contribution

€ 275 885

SYNAPTEC

France

EU Contribution

€ 241 000

ELLAS SAT ANONYMH ETAIREIA YPIRESIES DORYFORIKON SYSTIMATON KAI EPIKOINONION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 147 495

EKINOPS FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 483 475

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 644843

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 July 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 896 855

  • EU contribution

    € 2 896 855

Coordinated by:

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Italy