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RAPID: Radio technologies for 5G using advanced photonic infrastructure for dense user environments

In RAPID, we propose to use a centralized radio access (C-RAN) architecture to support high-capacity heterogeneous (3g, 4G and 60 GHz) radio access technologies through low-cost, but ultra-high-bandwidth photonic techniques for the fibre distribution. To meet the requirement to transport the high-frequency (and wide-bandwidth) wireless signals at low-cost, a novel coherent radio-over-fiber (CRoF) scheme is proposed in RAPID. Furthermore, for the mobile receiver, novel extremely low-cost (<10€) integrated transceivers will be developed based upon a SiGe technology.

The radio resource management of the heterogeneous network using the developed mm-wave and photonic technologies together with legacy 3G/4G wireless will be demonstrated in RAPID and the developed hardware will be tested in life-cycle assessments within different real life networks scenarios including a public stadium, an operators fiber-optic and wireless network, as well as in train, airport scenarios.

EU-Japan aspect in RAPID

It is in general very attractive for a Japanese organization to engage in joint research with foreign partners. The research group of Advanced Electronics and Optical Science at Osaka University had applied to FP7, the programme before Horizon 2020, before succeeding with the application for the RAPID project. A series of special benefits are related with the funding that is received for this project, such as personnel exchange, the creation of new research topics, hiring of post-docs and many opportunities for studying abroad for post-docs and students. Particularly for young researchers it is hard to get experience that is very beneficial for their future careers. 

 

Project details:

Period: From 2014-10-01 to 2017-09-30

Total cost: EUR 1,549,755  (EU side cost only)

EU contribution: EUR 1,549,755

Project information: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194010_en.html

Project website: http://www.rapid-5g.eu/

Japanese partners in this project receive funds from MIC.

 

Consortium Partners:

Coordination:

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN (Germany)

OSAKA UNVIERSITY (Japan)

 

Members of the consortium Europe:

UNIVERSITY OF KENT (United Kingdom)

CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS GMBH & CO KG (Germany)

EXATEL S.A. (Poland)

SIKLU COMMUNICATION LTD (Israel)

 

Partner organizations in Japan:

DOSHISHA UNIVERSITY 

ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE

HITACHI LTD.

CENTRAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY

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