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On Building a Distributed Antenna System with Joint Signal Processing for Next Generation Wireless Access Networks: The FUTON Approach

Pato, S. ; Pedro, J. M. ; Santos, J. ; Inácio , P.R.M. ; Monteiro, P.

On Building a Distributed Antenna System with Joint Signal Processing for Next Generation Wireless Access Networks: The FUTON Approach, Proc Conf. on Telecommunications - ConfTele, Sta Maria Feira, Portugal, Vol. --, pp. -- - --, May, 2009.

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Abstract
The growing relevance of wireless communications in our daily lives has been driving the research and development of advanced network architectures to enable the cost-effective support of a large numbers of users at very high data rates. In this context, the FUTON project aims to fulfil the objectives of the so-called 4th Generation (4G) systems, developing and validating an innovative Distributed Antenna System (DAS) with centralized signal processing. FUTON also accounts for the support of legacy systems and for the coexistence of multiple Radio Access Technologies (RATs) over a single optical fibre infrastructure, which reduces the operational expenditures of network operators when upgrading their wireless systems.