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5G-Crosshaul: The 5G Integrated fronthaul/backhaul

Objective

Mobile data traffic is forecasted to increase 11-fold between 2013 and 2018. 5G networks serving this mobile data tsunami will require fronthaul and backhaul solutions between the RAN and the packet core capable of dealing with this increased traffic load while fulfilling new stringent 5G service requirements in a cost-efficient manner.
The 5G-Crosshaul project aims at developing a 5G integrated backhaul and fronthaul transport network enabling a flexible and software-defined reconfiguration of all networking elements in a multi-tenant and service-oriented unified management environment. The 5G-Crosshaul transport network envisioned will consist of high-capacity switches and heterogeneous transmission links (e.g., fibre or wireless optics, high-capacity copper, mmWave) interconnecting Remote Radio Heads, 5GPoAs (e.g., macro and small cells), cloud-processing units (mini data centres), and points-of-presence of the core networks of one or multiple service providers. This transport network will flexibly interconnect distributed 5G radio access and core network functions, hosted on in-network cloud nodes, through the implementation of: (i) a control infrastructure using a unified, abstract network model for control plane integration (5G-Crosshaul Control Infrastructure, XCI); (ii) a unified data plane encompassing innovative high-capacity transmission technologies and novel deterministic-latency switch architectures (5G-Crosshaul Packet Forwarding Element, XFE).
Demonstration and validation of the 5G-Crosshaul technology components developed will be integrated into a software-defined flexible and reconfigurable 5G Test-bed in Berlin. Mobility-related 5G-Crosshaul experiments will be performed using Taiwan’s high-speed trains. 5G-Crosshaul KPI targets evaluated will include among others a 20% network capacity increase, latencies <1 ms and 30% TCO reduction.
The 5G-Crosshaul proposal addresses the ICT 14-2014 call of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-15 with a special focus on the P7 objectives defined by the 5GPPP IA

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Address

Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 899 471,88

Participants (21)

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NEC EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 933 300

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 574 392,90

ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 246 720

ATOS SPAIN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 383 750

NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS GMBH &CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 373 000

INTERDIGITAL EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 452 625

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 319 471

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 528 750

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 243 307,56

VISIONA INGENIERIA DE PROYECTOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 307 830

E-BLINK

France

EU Contribution

€ 79 112,50

NEXTWORKS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 421 875

CORE NETWORK DYNAMICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 359 750

TELNET REDES INTELIGENTES SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 206 250

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 557 000

CENTRE TECNOLOGIC DE TELECOMUNICACIONS DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 455 977,66

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 183 125

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

Italy

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 161 812,50

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 255 000

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INCORPORATED

Taiwan

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 671598

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 492 038,61

  • EU contribution

    € 7 942 521

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain