|[August 28, 2014]
Leading European Communications Companies and Research Organizations Have Launched an EU Project Developing the Future 5Th Generation Cellular Mobile Networks
GRENOBLE, France --(Business Wire)--
A consortium of 15 leading telecommunications operators, vendors,
research centres and academic institutions have launched "MiWaveS"
(Millimeter-Wave Small Cell Access and Backhauling), a European
collaborative project whose goal is to develop millimeter-wave (mmW) key
radio technologies to provide multi-Gbps data rates to future 5th
Generation cellular mobile networks users.
The global mobile data traffic is expected to increase by orders of
magnitude in the next decade, driven by video streaming, web services,
cloud computing and machine-to-machine applications. Data rates provided
to mobile users are also expected to increase accordingly. The evolution
of mobile networks towards these objectives is impeded by major
bottlenecks, such as the scarcity of spectrum resources below 6 GHz
leading to high interference levels, the public concern about microwave
electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure in dense areas, the power
consumption of the infrastructure, and the flexibility and robustness of
Dr. Laurent Dussopt, MiWaveS project manager and Leti research engineer,
explains that "the flexible spectrum usage of the mmW frequency bands at
60 GHz and 71-86 GHz will enable data transmissions up to 10 Gbps for
backhaul and 5 Gbps for mobile users access". He also indicates that
"MiWaveS' objectives lead to significant challenges on the system
architecture, networking functions and algorithms, radio and antenna
MiWaveS is expected to have a major impact on the key enabling
technologies for the next generation of heterogeneous wireless networks.
The deployment of mmW small cells in dense urban areas will not only
improve the flexibility of the access infrastruture, but also the
spectral and energy efficiency by low-power access points using mmW
The MiWaveS project is partially funded by the European Commission's
Seventh Framework Program.
(FP7), within the Work Programme for Information and Communication
Technologies under the objective "Network of the Future". This objective
supports the development of future network infrastructures that allow
the convergence and interoperability of heterogeneous mobile, wired and
wireless broadband network technologies as enablers of the future
The MiWaveS consortium relies on the diverse and complementary expertise
of its members: CEA-Leti (FR), Telecom Italia (IT), Orange (News - Alert) (FR), Nokia
(FI), Intel Mobile Communications (DE), National Instruments Dresden
(DE), STMicroelectronics (FR, IT), Sivers IMA (SE), Optiprint (CH), VTT
(FI), Tech. Univ. Dresden (DE), Tecnologias Servicios Telematicos y
Systemas (ES), Univ. of Rennes 1 (FR), Univ. of Surrey (UK).
The MiWaveS project was launched at the beginning of January 2014, and
will last for three years.
Project Website: http://www.miwaves.eu
LinkedIn (News - Alert): http://www.linkedin.com/groups/FP7-MiWaveS-6694097?home=&gid=6694097
Twitter (News - Alert): https://twitter.com/FP7_MiWaveS
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