Emerging Networks Laboratory
Beyond 5G Technologies
The saturation of wireless spectrum access is leading to innovations in areas such as spectrum resource usage and massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems. It is widely thought however that the low hanging fruits of innovation for wireless communication are all but exploited with only marginal gains possible. Current 5G standards report maximum throughput capacities of up to 10 Gbps, however this will still not meet capacity needs as we head towards 2025. For a real step change towards the coveted 1Tbps wireless transmission, new areas of the spectrum must be utilized. Under Beyond 5G Technologies, we are working on novel technology to meet future wireless and network capacity demands. These include TeraHertz communication technologies and next generation network technologies.
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Knowledge Defined Networks
The emergence of virtualisation technologies has revolutionised how services are delivered over the Internet and paved the way for the ‘Software as a Service’ model used within Cloud Computing. This is also revolutionising the telecommunications industry, meaning operators will no longer depend on expensive hardware systems to deliver dedicated network functions. These functions can be virtualised and run on cheap commodity hardware, impacting on the overall cost of network operators’ investments. Commodity hardware can also be distributed geographically and opportunistically to allow improved and customised services to be delivered across a distributed network of compute resources. However, the management and operation of virtualised systems over such infrastructure becomes increasingly more complex. Under Knowledge Defined Networks, we apply novel Artificial Intelligent and Machine Learning techniques to dramatically improve the management of virtualised telecommunication networks and services.