InterDigital, a mobile research and development company, has announced that its subsidiary, InterDigital Europe, has secured a milestone 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) win, with the approval of Horizon 2020 funding for project XHAUL.
XHAUL was proposed by a European Union 5GPPP industry-led consortium that consists of twenty-one partners. The objective of the project is to develop a 5G integrated backhaul and fronthaul transport network to flexibly and dynamically interconnect the 5G radio access and core network functions.
The project targets a 30% reduction in network total cost of ownership, while improving network efficiency and helping in achieving the very low latency that will characterise the 5G networks of the future.
XHAUL will validate and demonstrate its technology innovations into a software-defined flexible and reconfigurable 5G test-bed in Berlin, and will also conduct mobility-related experiments using Taiwan's high-speed trains.
As a work package leader on XHAUL, InterDigital Europe will see their contributions to this initiative funded over a two and a half-year period. The project underscores the importance of InterDigital's European research operations and aligns with InterDigital Europe's mission to drive future technologies and foster collaborations in this segment, the company stated.
InterDigital's involvement in 5G backhaul development was highlighted by its launch of EdgeHaul, a millimetre-wave backhaul mesh technology, at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona – see story here.
"InterDigital is thrilled to be a member of this exciting 5GPPP project. Efficient backhaul and fronthaul solutions will be key in the implementation of next generation systems," said Alan Carlton, vice president of InterDigital Europe. "InterDigital has significant experience in this space as showcased by our EdgeHaul product launch, and we look forward to bringing this expertise to this collaborative initiative."