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Project: Towards 5G: A High-speed Energy-efficient Autonomously Deployed mobile small-cell network

Acronym: 5G-AHEAD
Main Objective:
With the increase in mobile traffic and speed, mobile networks are moving towards a new generation (5G) providing tighter integration between wireless technologies and broadband services. The proposal addresses this topic by extending the notion of femto application towards outdoors by deploying virtual small cell access, offering ubiquitous energy efficient, high speed connectivity to support broadband services through exploiting disruptive technologies: cooperative communications, network coding and self-organizing networks. The small cells are virtual in the sense that they are dynamic and deployed on-demand without infrastructure deployment nor network planning. 5G-AHEAD plans to design high-speed connectivity from core network to small cells, through cooperative LTE-A wireless nodes. Additionally, a cooperative network coding overlay is foreseen as another dimension of energy/spectrum efficiency. The project additionally plans to investigate self-organising (SO) small cells and mobility for optimizing network operability.

The proposed research project is expected to strengthen the applicant competencies through:
- Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research skills on cooperative communications, network coding and SONs
- System level simulation methodologies on HetNets
- Supervision of young researchers on future wireless technologies
- Preparation of strong research proposals to attract new sources of funding, targeting H2020 calls
Reference: IF/01393/2015
Funding: FCT
Start Date: 01-01-2017
End Date: 01-12-2021
Team: Ayman Mohamed Metwally Radwan
Groups: Mobile Systems - Av
Partners: Instituto de Telecomunicações
Local Coordinator: Ayman Mohamed Metwally Radwan
Associated Publications