The project’s partners are Nokia, STmicroelectronics and other companies from Spain, Finland, France and Italy


The speed of the wireless communications used by our devices is increasing at a spectacular rate. This increase in traffic to user devices is a challenge for operators and, more specifically, for wireless network infrastructures that carry user-generated traffic. One of the main challenges facing beyond-5G cellular networks is to equip the network infrastructure with the capacity to handle this dramatic increase in data.

To date, the speed of wireless communications has increased almost tenfold every four years. If we extrapolate into the future, by around 2020 wireless speeds should be on the order of 100Gbit/s. However, we currently lack a technology that is compatible with the communications standards that go beyond 5G.

To that end, engineers from the Ceit-IK4 technology center are researching advanced technologies for high-speed wireless data communication links that will be able to meet the requirements of future beyond-5G cellular networks.

Boosts in telecommunications capacity is widely demanded by companies and citizens, who require greater speed and bandwidth. Meeting this demand is especially complex in urban areas, where device density can be very high and new network architectures are needed. To develop these architectures, new wireless links are needed, along with data rates that exceed current solutions and achieve speeds typical of fiber optic systems.

The project that will develop the above challenges is called DREAM and is part of the EU Horizon 2020 strategy. Along with Ceit-IK4, the project’s partners are Nokia (Italy), STmicroelectronics (Italy), Erzia Technologies (Spain), the VTT Technical Research Center (Finland), III-V Lab (France), and the University of Pavia (Italy).