Leveraging its innovation legacy in the European research arena for more than 25 years, the company has been recently strategically positioned in the EU's flagship initiative for 5G by participating in 3 of the 19 forefront research and innovation projects that aim to place Europe in the vanguard of 5G network development. The European 5G framework includes of course radio technologies, but it also encompasses network architecture, convergence, management, virtualization, programmability, and services.
The objective of SPEED-5G is to research and develop technologies that address the well-known challenges of predicted growth in mobile connections and traffic volume. A major challenge is the cost of meeting the objective, in terms of both infrastructure and deployment. Today, lack of dynamic control across wireless network resources is leading to unbalanced spectrum loads and a perceived capacity bottleneck. These will be solved by SPEED-5G through eDSA (extended DSA), which is resource management with three degrees of freedom: densification, rationalized traffic allocation over heterogeneous wireless technologies, and better load balancing across available spectrum. The project will focus on two major innovations currently missing: resource management techniques across technology 'silos', and medium access technologies to address densification in mostly unplanned environments. It will leverage flexible radio approaches expected in 5G (e.g. FBMC).
CHARISMA focuses on two key requirements for future mobile/wireless networks: high security and low latency. To realize its goals, CHARISMA will work on the concepts of end-to-end cross-layer security, physical layer low-latency distributed security (PLS) and decentralized offload near the end-users. Further, based on exploitation of 10G-wireless (via mm-wave/60-GHz & free-space optics) access and 100G fixed optical (OFDM-PON) solutions, the project will work on increasing network performance in-line with 5G targets, i.e. 1000-fold higher data volume for 10-100 times the number of mobile connected devices, and reducing latency across back- and front-haul and end-user (ad-hoc) D2D mesh networking.
SDN and NFV have been originally proposed as architectures for the efficient management of clouds and have recently found their way into the networks of ISPs as well. It is not clear however, how SDN and NFV affect the QoS of networks in general and of industrial networks (manufacturing, oil & gas, building & construction, etc.) in particular. VirtuWind aims at introducing SDN and NFV into such networks so that deterministic (or almost-deterministic) performance is achieved for monitoring and control applications that span multiple network domains. A prototype system will be implemented and will be tested in a real wind park, as a representative example of industrial networks. Intracom Telecom leads the design and development of the inter-domain system.