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Project: Fibre Optic Networks for Distributed, Extendible Heterogeneous Radio Architectures and Service Provisioning

Acronym: FUTON
Main Objective:
Two current trends in wireless communications are the development of new broadband component and the integration of heterogeneous wireless networks, to achieve the vision f the so-called 4G network.
The FUTON project addresses both issues by proposing the development of a hybrid fibre-radio infrastructure transparently connecting remote antenna units to a central unit where a joint processing can be performed. This allows the development of virtual multiple antenna transmission / reception concepts to achieve broadband wireless transmission, and also inter-cell interference cancellation. Furthermore the fact that the management of several heterogeneous systems is co-localized enables the development of efficient procedures for a joint management of the radio resources.
The focus of the project aims to develop and validate a hybrid optical-radio infrastructure, where simplified Remote Antenna Units (RAU) are transparently connected to a central unit, and exploiting the potentialities provide by such infrastructure:
Develop efficient cross-system techniques for the integration of heterogeneous systems
Define and provide proof of concepts for cooperative techniques enabling the broadband component of the future wireless systems.
Furthermore the project will evaluate the implications on the current wireless architecture models of the new concept proposed, determine cost models for upgradeability / replacement and provide roadmaps for evolution and standardisation.
The FUTON consortium brings together expertise from the areas of wireless and optical communications, allowing previously untapped synergies between these two areas.
Reference: FP7 ICT-2007-215533
Funding: EU/FP7
Start Date: 01-01-2008
End Date: 01-06-2010
Team: Atilio Manuel da Silva Gameiro, Manuel Alberto Reis de Oliveira Violas, Adão Paulo Soares da Silva
Groups: Radio Systems – Av
Local Coordinator: Atilio Manuel da Silva Gameiro
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