Telekom Slovenije To Pilot Converged Optical Ethernet Network for 5G

Telekom Slovenije become key part of Horizon 2020 consortium

Telekom Slovenije will head the deployment of a pilot 5G network  as part of the iCirrus project being lead by the University of Kent.

A laboratory construction of a pilot cloud radio access network (C-RAN) in the company’s homeland of Slovenia should provide useful research for the project’s aim to integrate device-to-device communications and C-RAN into a mobile information cloud.

The company is a member of a 10-piece international consortium, within the framework of the EU’s Horizon 2020 project, which will research the impact that the architecture of the cloud radio access network has on the capacity of a 5G mobile network.

“we are developing in … a converged fibre optical Ethernet network, which will support … 5G mobile services’

Telekom Slovenije’s place in the group also sees them responsible for piloting development project systems and analysis of new business models. Head of the company’s research group, Dr. Blaž Peternel, explained exactly what was fresh about the plans.

‘The new thing we are developing in the scope of the iCirrus project is a converged fibre optical Ethernet network, which will support fixed and 5G mobile services,’ he said. ‘It is the use of the Ethernet network for all types of mobile network structures (including fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul) that can bring down the costs for operators and service providers, and consequently also for the end users.’

“end users will benefit from longer battery life, lower latency, broader bandwidth and additional flexibility”

The iCirrus project, which stands for ‘intelligent converged network consolidating radio and optical access access aRound USer equipment’, harbours the goal of improving spectrum and energy efficiency. In addition to cost reduction, it is also hoped end users will benefit from longer battery life, lower latency, broader bandwidth and additional flexibility through the use of a mobile information cloud.

Telekom Slovenije are joined by the likes of Heinrich Hertz Institut (Germany), Orange (France) and Wellness Telecom (Spain) whilst UK academic institutions University of Essex and project leader University of Kent are also on board.

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