BLUESPACE

Main objectives

The core concept of BLUESPACE is to exploite the added value of Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) in the Radio Access Network (RAN) with efficient optical beamforming interface for the pragmatic Ka-band wireless transmission band. Both being seamlessly integreable in next generation optical access networks infrastructures with massive beam steering capabilities and with flexible network management  control. The main objectives targeted by the BLUESPACE project are BlueSpace are: to develope a truly viable and efficient path for  5G wireless communications with a 1000-fold increase in capacity, connectivity for over 1 billion users, strict latency control, and network software programming.

Use cases (or applications)

The BLUESPACE architecture will serve 5G service provision in millimeter-wave regions of the spectrum. Proof-of-concept validations and a test-bed will be realized to demonstrate the merits and application of the BLUESPACE concept.

Technical and research challenges

  • The adaptation of DRoF schemes in parallel with ARoF techniques and their adaptation to SDM network with increased degree of integration and full compatibility among the two schemes

  • Development of advanced hardware solutions and modules for cost efficient ARoF transceivers, remote power distribution over SDM network for the independent powering RRUs from the CO, spatial optical beam forming schemes with simplified design requirements and direct compatibility with ARoF transceivers at the RRU, and compact SDM splitter and MCF adapters enabling advanced SDM-based ODN designs

  • The optimum allocation of the BBU pool at the CO and the design of its switching and interconnection hardware to enable SDM-compatible DCA, controlled strict latency and CoMP for both DRoF and ARoF paradigms.

  • Design of optimized interfacing elements between the SDM media and the radiating elements in the RRU/RRH sites to enable advanced massive MIMO and beam steering solutions for both DRoF and ARoF architectures

  • The evaluation and design of SDN control to support SDM and NFV orchestration to deploy virtual base-band units (vBBUs) in the CO, as well as network slicing to support de virtualization of the network resources and multi-tenancy (e.g. verticals).

Expected impact

BlueSpace proposition offers unrivalled characteristics whose impact include:

a)      Increased bandwidth provision by naturally enabling and supporting massive multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) in the Ka-band with seamless starting/ending interface with the fiber medium by exploiting space diversity in the RF domain with efficient beamsteering in the photonic domain, 

b)      A compact infrastructure that is reconfigurable by means of Software Defined (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigms and with

c)       full integration with existing approaches for access networks such as Passive Optical Networks (PONs).

Partners

Part. no.

Participant organisation name

Participant Short name

Country

1

Eindhoven University of Technology

TU/e

Netherlands

2

Athens Information Technology

AIT

Greece

3

Universidad Politecnica Valencia

UPV

Spain

4

Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya

CTTC

Spain

5

Universidad Carlos III Madrid

UC3M

Spain

6

ADVA Optical Networking SE

ADVA

Germany

7

Intracom S.A. Telecom Solutions

ICOM

Greece

8

Thales Group

THALES

France

9

Corning Optical Communication Gmbh & CO KG

CORNING

Germany

10

Optoscribe Limited

OPT

United Kingdom

11

Lionix International

LIONIX

Netherlands

12

Orange Polska Spolka Akcy Jna

OP

Poland

13

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. – OTE AE

OTE

Greece

14

Nextworks

NXW

Italy

15

Eulambia Advanced Technologies ltd.

EULAMBIA

Greece