Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Athens Information Technology, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Adva, Intracom, Thales Group, Optoscribe, Satrax, Orange Polska, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, Nextworks, Eulambia
|The core concept of BlueSpace is to exploit the added value of Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) in the Radio Access Network (RAN) with efficient optical beamforming interface for the pragmatic Ka band wireless transmission band. Both being seamlessly integrable in next generation optical access networks infrastructures with massive beam steering capabilities and with flexible network management control. The main objectives targeted by the BlueSpace project are: to develop a truly viable and efficient path for 5G wireless communications with a 1000-fold increase in capacity, connectivity for over 1 billion users, strict latency control, and network software programming. BlueSpace targets a disruptive yet pragmatic approach for the deployment of scalable, reconfigurable and future-proof fronthaul solutions for 5G communications, offering unrivalled characteristics that include: a) increased bandwidth provision by naturally enabling and supporting massive multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) transmission starting/ending in the fiber medium by enabling space diversity in the RF domain by supporting RF beam steering in the photonic domain, b) compact infrastructure that is reconfigurable by means of Software Defined (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigms and c) the possibility of providing full integration with other existing approaches for the implementation of access networks, such as Passive Optical Networks (PONs). This approach relies on the core concept of this project, which is the introduction of Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) in the fronthaul of the mobile access network.
|This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 762055