Alvarion and Consortium of Partners Successfully Demonstrate BuNGee Project for Next Generation Mobile Networks
BuNGee project demonstrates substantially higher throughput densities with innovative deployment strategies in an economically viable solution
TEL AVIV--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Alvarion®Ltd. (NAS: ALVR) , a global provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of public and private networks, today announced the successful completion of the BuNGee project following a final review meeting with the European Commission in Brussels. This is subsequent to a successful demonstration held in Tel Aviv in April 2012 showing the project's main goals, including higher throughput, innovative deployment strategies and an economically viable business case.
BuNGee has been established with objectives to dramatically improve the overall infrastructure capacity density of the mobile network by tenfold, and at the same time, at a commercially viable cost - thereby removing the barriers to beyond next generation network deployments. Such a requirement for capacity density is driven mainly in urban areas where the number of users per square kilometer and the mobile data usage factor is dramatically growing. At the live demonstration, Alvarion and the consortium partners successfully demonstrated the project-developed high capacity radio cell prototype in a real urban mobile environment.
BuNGee (Beyond Next Generation Mobile Networks) is a European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project for the research of innovative technologies and deployment topologies. The selected consortium for the project is comprised of a network operator, equipment and antenna vendors, research institutes, universities and a consulting firm who are committed to achieve the goals serving as a baseline for beyond next generation ultra-high capacity systems. Alvarion is the coordinator of this project with a leading role in designing the innovative system architecture.
"Viewing the live demonstration at Alvarion's offices was the culmination of the project we envisaged," states Alister Burr, Professor of Communications in the University of York and one of the BuNGee work package leaders. "The demonstration and the completion of the project mark a very significant step forward in the implementation of next generation wireless networks."
The current next-generation technologies LTE and WiMAX support a mere 100 Mbps per square kilometer in a regular cellular deployment. In dense urban areas, where the market demand for wireless broadband access is the highest, the BuNGee project demonstrated a higher throughput of 1 Gbps per square kilometer. This demonstration was imperative in confirming a commercially viable solution for wide-scale uptake of next generation technologies.
The successful demonstration of BuNGee took place in a dense urban high-tech industrial park around Alvarion's offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 17, 2012, before reviewers on behalf of the European Commission, substantiating several fundamental goals in ultra-high capacity technology and designs:
High-capacity 4G mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) architecture that is cost-, spectrum- and energy- efficient
Ultra-dense below-rooftop radio network deployment, exploiting the concept of small cells and natural urban radio isolations
Joint design of access and backhaul networks using heterogeneous radio elements in licensed and license-exempt (LE) spectrum, including aggregation of in-band backhauling and broadband mmWave to address small cells backhauling issues
Innovative antenna technologies, such as Multi-beam antenna tailored to urban ultra-high capacity needs and advanced MIMO and interference elimination techniques, such as e.g. multi-beam antenna assisted MIMO
Co-operative technologies at a base station, cognitive radio, autonomous radio resource assignment and network technologies for reduced management and operational complexity
"Viewing the live demonstration at Alvarion's office in April was the necessary proof-point for the successful close to this project," states Oleg Marinchenco, BuNGee Project Coordinator from Alvarion. "With BuNGee, we have taken great steps in the implementation of next generation networks for the entire communications market."
"We were pleased to act as the coordinator of this esteemed project and to host the interim review meetings and live demonstration at Alvarion's premises," states Mark Altshuller, CTO, BWA Division, Alvarion. "Alvarion has always been at the forefront of technology innovations and we are extremely proud to be part of this distinguished consortium that will deliver the next generation of mobile broadband to the market."
Consortium members include: Alvarion (IL), ARTTIC (BE), Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (ES), Cobham Antenna SystemsMicrowave Antennas (UK), University of York (UK), Thales Communications & Security (FR),Universite Catholique de Louvain (BE), Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PL), Siklu Communication Ltd (IL).
BuNGee Project web site: http://www.ict-bungee.eu/
European Commission FP7: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html
Alvarion Ltd. (NAS: ALVR) provides optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of telecom operators, smart cities, security, and enterprise customers. Our innovative solutions are based on multiple technologies across licensed and unlicensed spectrums. (www.alvarion.com)
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