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28 November, 2019 - 19:49 By Kate Sweeney

Wireless wizard Ranplan wins €600k for EU 5G project

Ranplan Wireless, the Cambridge-based developer of the world’s first 5G combined in-building and outdoor wireless network planning tool for urban environments, has been chosen as a lead contributor to an EU-HORIZON project worth €1.4 million over four years. 

Focused on realising the concept of network slicing in preparation for mass-market deployment of programmable 5G networks, this initiative brings Ranplan in partnership with CNR of Italy, Orange Labs of France and the University of Cambridge. Ranplan’s share of the business is €600k.

The company is based in Papworth, in the Cambridge technology and business cluster. Professor Jie Zhang, founder and chairman of the board of Ranplan Group AB, is thrilled at the possibilities arising from the contract.

He said: “The concept of network slicing, closely associated with the 5G vision, promises support for a whole variety of applications with vastly different service level requirements. 

“It epitomises the real-time programmability of the network architecture of the future, characterised by the isolation of logical end-to-end networks on the top of a common and shared infrastructure. 

“Its realisation is set to deliver highly desirable and tangible benefits – in terms of both cost and performance – to consumers, enterprises and operators.” 

The project name is BANYAN, short for Big dAta aNalYtics for radio Access Networks. Its objectives, amongst others, are to develop algorithms and data analytics mechanisms to:

  • Forecast macroscopic spatial-temporal mobile service demands caused by user traffic and mobility
  • Geo-locate and characterise detailed in-building mobile traffic demands
  • Optimise the orchestration of virtualised 5G RAN resources to coordinate outdoor and indoor networks, including those using a variety of technologies.

As well as developing key tools for data-driven 5G RAN the project teams will play a key role in building the IPR, knowledge and skills needed across industry and academia.

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