Receiver designs for Terabit Optical Wireless Communication System (TOWS)

University of Strathclyde

About the Project

This project aims to use new concepts in cellular optical communications to demonstrate indoor Terabit/s multiuser wireless systems that offer capacities at least two orders of magnitude higher than the current planned optical and radio wireless systems for 5G, with a roadmap to wireless systems that can offer up to four orders of magnitude higher capacity. The system represents a step-change from current technologies in using both optical and RF technologies to deliver ultra-high bandwidth and yet is designed to be compatible with lower speed conventional RF wireless systems, to be resilient and to incorporate robust network management. Using new optical components which can be fabricated using conventional foundries (and hence are inherently low cost), the technology incorporates a novel double tier transmitter and receiver, new front haul and back haul network architectures and advanced coding algorithms. Despite working within eye safety limits, >Gb/s per channel connections at high spatial density are achievable, enabling Tb/s aggregate data. The converged approach also allows the introduction of the concept behind SDR (software defined radio) into the optical domain for the first time, this also addressing cell handover.

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