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Dynamically Reconfigurable Optical-Wireless Backhaul/Fronthaul with Cognitive Control Plane for Small Cells and Cloud-RANs

Objective

Small Cells, Cloud-Radio Access Networks (C-RAN), Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NVF) are key enablers to address the demand for broadband connectivity with low cost and flexible implementations. Small Cells, in conjunction with C-RAN, SDN, NVF pose very stringent requirements on the transport network. Here flexible wireless solutions are required for dynamic backhaul and fronthaul architectures alongside very high capacity optical interconnects. However, there is no consensus on how both technologies can be most efficiently combined.
5G-XHaul proposes a converged optical and wireless network solution able to flexibly connect Small Cells to the core network. Exploiting user mobility, our solution allows the dynamic allocation of network resources to predicted and actual hotspots. To support these novel concepts, we will develop:
1) Dynamically programmable, high capacity, low latency, point-to-multipoint mm-Wave transceivers, cooperating with sub-6-GHz systems;
2) A Time Shared Optical Network offering elastic and fine granular bandwidth allocation, cooperating with advanced passive optical networks;
3) A software-defined cognitive control plane, able to forecast traffic demand in time and space, and the ability to reconfigure network components.
The well balanced 5G-XHaul consortium of industrial and research partners with unique expertise and skills across the constituent domains of communication systems and networks will create impact through:
a) Developing novel converged optical/wireless architectures and network management algorithms for mobile scenarios;
b) Introduce advanced mm-Wave and optical transceivers and control functions;
c) Support the development of international standards through technical and techno-economic contributions.
5G-XHaul technologies will be integrated in a city-wide testbed in Bristol (UK). This will uniquely support the evaluation of novel optical and wireless elements and end-to-end performance.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 781 250

Participants (11)

FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 603 052,50
Address
Calle Gran Capita 2-4, Edifici Nexus I
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 265 125
Address
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
28050 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 848 500
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 623 750
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BLU WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 591 700
Address
Engine Shed Station Approach Temple Meads
BS1 6QH Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TES ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 560 010
Address
Zettachring 8
70567 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 244 875
Address
Kifissias 99
15124 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 588 750
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Xilinx Dresden GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 912 500
Address
Kramergasse 4
01067 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES DUESSELDORF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 581 250
Address
Hansaallee 205
40549 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 633 125
Address
Maerzenquelle 1-3
98617 Meiningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)