The Ceit-IK4-led European project will guarantee access to the high-speed broadband network in areas where fibre optic service is not possible.

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Engineers from the Electronics and Communications Unit at Ceit-IK participated in ICT 2015 Conference on new technologies, exhibiting to the European scientific community their advances in the new 5G mobile network.

Researchers from the Ceit-IK4 Technology Center in San Sebastian attended the conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, from October 20-22, in order to exhibit the results of their work on the E3Network European project (part of the 7th Framework Programme), on the new wireless connection for mobile communications that has a capacity of 10 Gbps and will allow smartphones to access the Internet at speeds of 100Mbps.

This wireless connection will guarantee high-speed network access in areas where it is not possible to use fibre optic cables by making use of wireless signals from low-cost millimetre wave links and implementing them in the backhaul network that is currently used by operators and uses the E-Band (71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz).

According to the project’s director, Igone Vélez, “we are testing new ways of making it possible for anybody to connect to the Internet from any point and at high speeds.” Vélez, researcher in the Electronics and Communications Unit at Ceit -IK4, notes that this new system will mark “a new dimension in telecommunications by making it possible for mobile phones to be used much more widely, including in rural areas.”