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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

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2014-2

Coordinator

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Net EU contribution
€ 781 250,00
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Germany

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Brandenburg Brandenburg Oder-Spree
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 505 708,75
Address
Calle Gran Capita 2-4, Edifici Nexus I
08034 Barcelona

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 97 343,75
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 265 125,00
Address
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
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)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 848 500,00
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol

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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 623 750,00
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos

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Μαγνησία Θεσσαλία Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BLU WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 591 700,00
Address
Engine Shed Station Approach Temple Meads
BS1 6QH Bristol

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TES ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
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€ 560 010,00
Address
Zettachring 8
70567 Stuttgart

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES MONOPROSOPI AE
Greece
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€ 244 875,00
Address
Kifissias 99
151 24 Athens

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Βόρειος Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 588 750,00
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
Xilinx Dresden GMBH
Germany
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€ 912 500,00
Address
Kramergasse 4
01067 Dresden

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES DUESSELDORF GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 581 250,00
Address
Hansaallee 205
40549 Dusseldorf

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 633 125,00
Address
Maerzenquelle 1-3
98617 Meiningen

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Thüringen Thüringen Schmalkalden-Meiningen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00