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Shared Access Terrestrial-Satellite Backhaul Network enabled by Smart Antennas

Objective

The aim of SANSA project is to boost the performance of mobile wireless backhaul networks in terms of capacity and resilience while assuring an efficient use of the spectrum. Recently, a global mobile traffic increase of 11-fold between 2013 and 2018 was predicted, so novel solutions are required to avoid backhaul becoming the bottle neck of future mobile networks. The solution envisaged in SANSA is a spectrum efficient self-reconfigurable hybrid terrestrial-satellite backhaul network based on three key principles: (i) a seamless integration of the satellite segment into terrestrial backhaul networks; (ii) a terrestrial wireless network capable of reconfiguring its topology according to traffic demands; (iii) a shared spectrum between satellite and terrestrial segments. This combination will result in a flexible solution capable of efficiently routing the mobile traffic in terms of capacity and energy efficiency, while providing resilience against link failures or congestion and easy deployment in rural areas. Therefore, we will develop novel smart antennas, dynamic radio resource management and data-based shared access techniques for enabling the spectrum sharing among both segments, as well as efficient management and routing solutions for the hybrid network. These studies will yield to the implementation and demonstration of the two key components proof of concepts: (i) low-cost smart antennas (to be deployed in terrestrial nodes) with beam and null-steering capabilities for interference mitigation between satellite and terrestrial transceivers and network topology reconfiguration; (ii) hybrid network manager capable of controlling the resources of the hybrid network. Besides indirectly allowing the traffic increase to the mobile users, the SANSA project will set the path for a win-win collaboration between satellite and terrestrial operators that will strengthen both European sectors and also their related industries such as equipment manufacturers.
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CENTRE TECNOLOGIC DE TELECOMUNICACIONS DE CATALUNYA

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Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 7 Parc Mediterrani De Tecnologia
08860 Castelldefels Barcelona

Spain

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EU Contribution

€ 550 335

Participants (7)

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THALES ALENIA SPACE ESPANA, SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 380 380

UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 543 875

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION LABORATORY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 385 000

AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 440 000

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

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 200 337,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 484 002,50

VIASAT ANTENNA SYSTEMS SA

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 645047

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 557 680

  • EU contribution

    € 2 983 930

Coordinated by:

CENTRE TECNOLOGIC DE TELECOMUNICACIONS DE CATALUNYA

Spain