Alvarion is leading a new initiative aimed at significantly increasing mobile broadband infrastructure capacity density.
Called Beyond Next-Generation Mobile Broadband (BuNGee), the initiative is looking to increase mobile broadband capacity tenfold. The $6.4-million project is funded in large part by the European Commission and will see European service providers, technology equipment vendors, universities and research organizations collaborate on the initiative.
The consortium's primary objective is to increase the overall mobile network infrastructure capacity significantly beyond what current technologies promise. The goal: 1 Gbps per square kilometer. The project will identify new network deployment strategies, especially for dense urban environments where demand for mobile broadband services is the heaviest. The BuNGee project is planned to continue through June 2012.
Alvarion's CTO, Dr. Ze'ev Roth, will serve as BuNGee consortium's project coordinator, working closely with other consortium member representatives from Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (Spain), Cobham Antenna Systems, Microwave Antennas (UK), University of York (UK), Thales Communications S.A. (France), Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (Poland), Siklu Communication Ltd (Israel) and ARTTIC (BE).
Some of the areas BuNGee will target includes: backhaul design, below rooftop backbone solutions, next-generation networked and distributed MIMO and interference techniques, autonomous architectures focusing on very aggressive spatial and spectral reuse and protocol suite facilitating autonomous ultra-high capacity deployment.
The consortium is planning a live test of the technologies it investigates toward the end of the initiative in Barcelona.
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