OBANET

Optically Beamformed Antennas for Adaptive Broadband Mobile and Fixed Access Netowrks


Acronym: OBANET
Project type: European
Period: 01-12-2000 / 03-11-2003
Reference: IST-2000-25390
Coordinator: UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
More information: CORDIS website


Project description:
Broadband multimedia services supported by 40 GHz fixed and mobile access networks require high-performance, high reliability and low unavailability wireless links. Natural and man-made performance impairments (e.g. intensive rainfalls and provisional obstacles intercepting the line-of-sight radio link) severely limit the QoS of such broadband multimedia services. OBANET project addresses efficient coverage area management strategies and control protocols to optimise the QoS and spectrum resources in wireless access scenarios. To this end, high performance optically beam-formed base station adaptive antennas are proposed to implement such management strategies. Photonic integrated beamformers, based on telecom-market-oriented optical chips, are developed and such efficient coverage area management strategies are evaluated on a laboratory platform for fixed and mobile radio access.


Participants:

  • UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA (SPAIN)
  • FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. (GERMANY)
  • TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA (SPAIN)
  • THALES (FRANCE)
  • ALCATEL ITALIA S.P.A. (ITALY)
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN (NETHERLANDS)
  • NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO (NETHERLANDS)