Mobile communications: Fresh €50 million EU research grants in 2013 to develop '5G' technology

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes announced during the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona €50 million for research to deliver 5G mobile technology by 2020, with the aim to put Europe back in the lead of the global mobile industry. "I want 5G be pioneered by European industry, based on European research and creating jobs in Europe – and we will put our money where our mouth is", Kroes said.

CROWD, which is a joint effort of INTECS, Alcatel-Lucent, Orange, Signalion, IMDEA Networks, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, Univ. Paderborn, is a proud member of such group of new EU research projects addressing the architecture and needs for beyond 4G networks.

In particular, CROWD is tackling the challenges associated to the extreme density of small cells, which will necessary to provide citizens with ubiquitous and continuous mobile broaband access to the Internet, without compromises. To this aim, optimisation algorithms and new protocols will be defined, which will exploit the opportunities of an open Software Defined Networking paradigm for wireless networks (LTE, LTE-A, IEEE 802.11).

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