BlueSpace addresses the challenges of increased capacity, scalability, manageability, resource allocation of 5G networks by adopting a pragmatic yet disruptive and future proof approach. The core concept of this project is exploiting 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 networkmanagement control BlueSpace proposition offers unrivalled characteristics that 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).
By achieving its goal BlueSpace is 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.
Experimental Validation of Hybrid WDM/SDM Signal Delivery for Mobile Fronthaul over PONs using SDN-Enabled Sliceable Bitrate Variable Transceivers
, in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON), 1-5 July 2018, Bucharest (Romania).
Hybrid WDM/SDM Mobile Fronthaul Traffic Delivery using SDN-enabled Sliceable Bandwidth/Bitrate Variable Transceivers
, in Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting 2018, 6-8 June 2018, Valencia (Spain).
Enabling Vertical Industries Adoption of 5G Technologies: a Cartography of evolving solutions
, in Proceedings of European Conference on Networks and Communications (EUCNC 2018), 18-21 June 2018, Ljubljana (Slovenia).
SDN control and monitoring of SDM/WDM and packet transport networks for 5G fronthaul/backhaul
, in Proceedings of IEEE Summer Topicals Meetings Series, 9-11 July 2018, Waikoloa, Hawai (USA).
SDN-enabled Sliceable Multi-dimensional (Spectral and Spatial) Transceiver Controlled with YANG/NETCONF
, In Proc. Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), 11-15 March 2018, San Diego (CA), USA, March 2018.
BlueSPACE’s SDN/NFV Architecture for 5G SDM/WDM-enabled Fronthaul with Edge Computing
, in Proceedings of European Conference on Networks and Communications (EUCNC), 18-21 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The photonic-wireless frontier: Current structure of the fronthaul
, in Proceedings of FiWiN5G Winter School, 8 November 2017, Madrid (Spain).