In my previous blog post Towards 5G – European R&D projects – short summary – part 1, I briefly described some of the ongoing R&D projects working on key techniques for 5G wireless systems. Within this blog we will continue the list.

MiWEBA – Millimetre-Wave Evolution for Backhaul and Access

MiWEBA aims to extend the network capacity by 1000 times to solve the capacity limitation issue at reasonable cost and without loss of convenience to users.

  • Building on existing standards (e.g. LTE)
  • Exploit largely unused in the millimeter-wave bands (e.g. 60 GHz)

Start date: 2014-01-01

End date: 2016-12.01


SOLDER – Spectrum OverLay through aggregation of heterogeneous DispERsed Bands

The main objectives of the SOLDER project are the following:

  • To design and develop physical layer techniques for efficient CA over HetNets and h-RATs; new transceiver architecture, aggregation algorithms and diversity techniques in non-continuous multi-carrier communications.
  • To provide efficient medium access control over the HetNets and h-RATs with aggregation capabilities through link adaptation and scheduling approaches. To develop radio resource management exploiting the full potential of heterogeneous carriers.
  • To efficiently aggregate HetBands used by 3GPP LTE, WiFi and other systems providing seamless and enhanced service delivery. These HetBands might encompass a range of spectrum types and opportunities, including licensed spectrum, license-exempt spectrum, and “white space” among others.

Start date: 2013.11.01

End date: 2016.10.31

Budget: 3.27M EUR


DUPLO – Full-Duplex Radios for Local Access

DUPLO aims at developing new technology and system solutions for future generations of mobile data networks by introducing a new full-duplex radio transmission paradigm, the same carrier frequency is used for transmission and reception at the same time. The approach holds the potential to significantly increase the capacity, and will focus on energy efficient solutions which also enable a more flexible use of the spectrum.

Start date: 2012.12.01

End date: 2015.04.31

Budget: 4.65M EUR


SEMAFOUR – Self-Management for Unified Heterogeneous Radio Access Networks

The SEMAFOUR project will design and develop a unified self-management system, which enables the network operators to holistically manage and operate their complex heterogeneous mobile networks. The ultimate goal is to create a management system that enables an enhanced quality of user experience, improved network performance, improved manageability, and reduced operational costs.

Start date: 2012.09.01

End date: 2015.8.31

Budget: 6.12M EUR


New projects supposed to be announced in September from the April’s call. The next call, dedicated to 5G called Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for the Future Internet has proposal deadline for 25th of November 2014

[1]. The total call budget is set for 125M EUR.

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