Mobile communications is an important economic driver generating growth. Significantly improved transmission capabilities are increasingly required to support increased traffic originating from content-rich data services in order to connect people as well as machines to the information society.

The support of broadband services for mobile and wireless applications towards IMT-Advanced, with excellent user experiences, are key trends for future radio access technologies (RAT), providing deployment scenarios with reduced operator’s CAPEX and OPEX. The WINNER+ project addresses these challenges from a technical, standardisation and regulatory perspective.

Based on the basic system concept, which was developed in the WINNER and WINNER II projects withing the EU FP6 research programme, this project will develop, optimise and evaluate  IMT-Advanced compliant technologies by integrating innovative and cost-effective additional concepts and functions and providing an evolution path towards further improved performance of IMT-Advanced. This development is ongoing in a globally competitive environment. This project is mobilising manufacturers and operators in Europe and the research community for a collaborative research effort. The consortium is based on the leading role of European companies in the global market on mobile and wireless communications.

Innovations are expected in the areas: radio-resource management, including active management of interference, heterogeneous network deployment including relaying as integral part, in combination with antenna concepts, spectrum sharing and its flexible usage, multi- and broadcast capabilities, exploitation of peer-to-peer links between user terminals and incorporation of network coding. These activities will take into account the requirement for IMT-Advanced and the results of WRC-07 that was held in October/November 2007.

Frequency spectrum, as a scarce resource, requires efficient reuse and sharing techniques between different RATs. The WINNER+ system focuses on tight and low latency cooperation across RATs but also across WINNER+ networks for efficient spectrum use.

Key technologies and selected concepts will be evaluated and optimised through prototypes in order to show the feasibility of the developed radio interface.

The WINNER+ project will contribute essential technical information to CEPT and ITU-R  via well-established channels, significantly increasing the opportunities to exploit the WINNER+ system concept.


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