Saturday, July 11, 2015

FANTASTIC-5G Targets sub-6 Ghz Air Interface

A group of 16 leading players in the field of telecommunications kicked off the “FANTASTIC-5G Project” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) with the aim of developing a new air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks.

Specifically, the 2-year FANTASTIC-5G project will develop a new multi-service air interface that is:

  • Highly flexible, to support different types of data traffic.
  • Scalable, to support an ever-growing number of networked devices.
  • Versatile, to support diverse device types and traffic/transmission characteristics.
  • Energy- and resource-efficient, to better use the available spectrum.
  • Future-proofed, enabling easy upgrades to future software releases.

FANTASTIC-5G has received eight million Euros of funding by the European Commission under the EU´s “Horizon 2020” initiative aiming to advance digital Europe.

The members of FANTASTIC-5G include service providers (Orange, Telecom Italia), component and infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Sequans Communications, Wings ICT Solutions), universities (Aalborg University, Politecnico di Bari, Institut Mines-Telecom/Telecom Bretagne, University of Bremen) and research institutes (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives - Laboratoire d’électronique et de technologie de l’information (CEA-Leti), Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut (HHI)) from Europe.

“FANTASTIC-5G is of key importance, as the multi-service air interface concepts being developed in the project will be evaluated and validated by the partners. This helps to build up consensus and to facilitate the standardization process of 5G”, says Frank Schaich from Alcatel-Lucent´s Bell Labs, who is leading the FANTASTIC-5G project.

http://www.fantastic-5g.com

Internap's OpenStack Public Cloud Adds Mgt, Orchestration, Auto-Scaling

Internap enhanced its public, OpenStack-powered, "AgileCLOUD" with OpenStack Glance image management functionality and Heat orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities.

Glance’s image management capabilities facilitate interoperability between service providers and platforms. Internap customers can use Glance to quickly import disk images from other service providers onto AgileCLOUD and also move disk images from AgileCLOUD to other cloud or virtualized environments. Glance also gives users the ability to create and save custom server images from Internap base images, allowing engineers to provision customized server images more effectively and rapidly.

Heat auto-scaling capabilities let DevOps teams define additional rules for automatically provisioning new instances and terminating instances based on criteria such as CPU load or bandwidth traffic changes.

“As market demand increases for public cloud services to power performance-centric Web applications – from SaaS platforms to e-commerce sites – we’re seeing the engineering and DevOps teams responsible for keeping these applications up and running seek more effective and efficient ways to scale, customize and manage their infrastructure environments,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “By adding support for OpenStack Glance and Heat to our public cloud, we’re giving customers optimal control for their applications as well as powerful orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities needed to meet growing user demand.”

Both Glance and Heat are immediately available out of Internap’s Secaucus, N.J. and Dallas data centers, and will be rolled out in Internap’s Amsterdam facility at the end of July.

http://www.internap.com/press-release/internap-boosts-customization-scalability-openstack-public-cloud/

Ericsson Heads METIS-II 5G Radio Project

Ericsson will serve as coordinator of anew METIS-II EU project to develop the overall 5G radio system design and roadmap recommendation for 5G standardization.

The METIS-II project brings together 23 partners from all regions with strong 5G R&D initiatives (China, the EU, Japan, South Korea and the US) and involving most of the major international vendors, major operators, and key researchers. On a strategic level, METIS-II will provide the 5G collaboration framework within the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) for a common evaluation of 5G radio access network concepts and a recommended 5G spectrum roadmap.

The project is co-funded in the EU H2020 research program and has a budget of EUR 8 million.

In addition, Ericsson will take the lead as the technical coordinator of the mmMAGIC (Millimetre-Wave Based Mobile Radio Access Network for Fifth-Generation Integrated Communications) project, which will develop and design new concepts for mobile radio access technology for deployment in the 6-100 GHz range.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1936238
https://www.metis2020.com/

METIS stands for Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society. The original METIS project was launched in November 2012 and concluded in April 015.

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