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

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.
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Coordinator

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK

Address

Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 781 250

Participants (11)

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FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 603 052,50

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 265 125

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 848 500

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 623 750

BLU WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 591 700

TES ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 560 010

COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 244 875

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 588 750

AIRRAYS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 912 500

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES DUESSELDORF GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 581 250

ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 633 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 671551

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 233 887,50

  • EU contribution

    € 7 233 887,50

Coordinated by:

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK

Germany