Research

In the field of research, Airrays is collaborating closely with diverse and international partners within the public and private sector to further advance the field of wireless communication technology.

Projects

Innovationsassistent 5G-Mobitek DL

Since July 2017, thanks to regional funds made available through the European Union and administered by the Development Bank of Saxony, we have been working with international talent to further develop the core 5G-baseband technology for the Airrays Active Antennas.

Objective

The 5G-Mobitek DL project aims to develop and demonstrate core 5G-baseband implementation technology within an active antenna.

In particular, the project intends to further develop product requirements in consideration of current standardization activities and to deliver substantial contributions to the system architecture specifications for the new generation of Airrays Active Antennas.

Furthermore, special algorithms for radio beam control are to be developed and detailed specifications and reference simulations of all relevant hardware and software function blocks for the downlink (DL) are to be created. This technology shall then be verified within an implemented test environment.

Funding

The European Union’s European Social Fund (ESF)

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The explosive growth of mobile internet traffic introduces the need to transform traditional closed, static and inelastic network infrastructures into open, scalable and elastic ecosystems supporting new types of connectivity, high mobility and new mission-critical services for operators, vendors and vertical industries. 5G-PICTURE will develop and demonstrate a converged fronthaul and backhaul infrastructure integrating advanced wireless and novel optical network solutions. Τo address the limitations of the current D-RAN and C-RAN approaches, 5G-PICTURE will exploit flexible functional splits that can be dynamically selected, to optimise resource and energy efficiency. This results in a paradigm shift, from RAN and C-RAN to ʽDis-Aggregated RANʼ (DA-RAN). DA-RAN is a novel concept where HW and SW components are disaggregated across the wireless, optical and compute/storage domains. ʽResource disaggregationʼ allows decoupling these components, creating a common “pool of resources” that can be independently selected and allocated on demand to compose any infrastructure service. Key enablers for DA-RAN are: 1) network ʽsoftwarisationʼ, migrating from the conventional closed networking model to an open reference platform, supported through 2) HW programmability, where HW is configured directly by network functions, to provide the required performance. This will enable provisioning of any service by flexibly mixing-and-matching network, compute and storage resources without sacrificing performance and efficiency as is the case in today’s NFV-based solutions.

To validate these capabilities, 5G-PICTURE will demonstrate converged fronthaul and backhaul services in:

  • A smart city environment
  • A 5G railway experimental testbed showcasing seamless service provisioning and mobility management in high-speed moving environments, and
  • A stadium with ultra-high user density, supporting media services.

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Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 762057.

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Project Partners

  • ADVA Optical Networking SE (Germany)
  • University of Bristol (UK)
  • Blu Wireless Technology Ltd. (UK)
  • CNIT Consorzio Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (Italy)
  • COMSA Industrial (Spain)
  • COSMOTE Kinites Tilepikoinonies AE (Greece)
  • Eurecom (France)
  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain)
  • IHP Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics GmbH (Germany)
  • Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH (Germany)
  • Fundació Privada I2CAT, Internet I Innovacio Digital A Catalunya
  • Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Israel)
  • Telecom Italia SPA (Italy)
  • Transpacket AS (Norway)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
  • University of Paderborn (Germany)
  • University of Thessaly (Greece)
  • Zeetta Networks Ltd. (UK)

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