A newly launched project will allow us to connect at 100Gbps via new wireless technologies, surpassing the 5G standard
A team of researchers at Ceit-IK4 is working on the EU-backed DREAM project (D-Band Radio solution Enabling up to 100 Gbps reconfigurable Approach for Meshed beyond 5G networks), whose aim is to ensure high-speed wireless connections from anywhere, including places where geographic obstacles have hindered the installation of wired internet connections.
In a world where objects are increasingly intelligent and connected to each other via sensors, a wireless connection that can provide speeds up to 100Gbps, which is 10 times faster than current speeds, is essential for the growth of technology. Industry 4.0 is producing objects and devices that will be increasingly interconnected, and these will require stable and high-quality connections regardless of location or circumstance. The DREAM project will explore new technologies for increasing the capacity of wireless networks beyond the 5C standard, which is limited to decreasing the idle time that slows down connections.
The primary goal is to increase current speeds by a factor of 10 so wireless connections are similar to optical fiber connections, but the study will also seek to build lower cost and more flexible network infrastructure. To that end, the researchers are tackling the project from a multidisciplinary approach, making use of the latest advances in the use of nanotechnologies in semiconductors and radio frequency electronic circuits, and in network architecture.
The DREAM project is being coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Ceit-IK4 is a participating member along with the University of Pavia (Italy) and European companies STMicroelectronics (Italy), III-V Lab (France), Erzia Technologies (Spain), and Alcatel-Lucent Italy.