SANSA – Shared Access Terrestrial-Satellite Backhaul Network  enabled by Smart Antennas

European Commission H2020 – Grant agreement no: 688003, ACINO Project Research and Innovation Action under 2015.ICT.27a Photonics call
Start date: February 2016, Duration: 48 months
Total budget: 2.621.759 € AIT’s budget: 270.625 €

Project Summary

The aim of the H2020-project SANSA (http://sansa-h2020.eu/) is to improve the capacity, resilience, and coverage of mobile backhaul networks while maximizing their spectral and energy efficiency, in order to meet the Digital Agenda 2020 for European Union growth requirements. To materialize this vision, SANSA amalgamates Satellite and Terrestrial backhaul networks, under a self-organizing framework. The integration of the satellite component with the terrestrial backhaul network not only provides the evident benefits in terms of easy and cost efficient network deployment in rural or remote areas, but it also enables data off-loading from the terrestrial network, the ability to recover from link failures, and adds another degree of freedom in traffic routing optimization. This way, SANSA is pushing the boundaries for more efficient, more resilient, and more dynamic future mobile network topologies and architectures.

AIT’s Role

Formulation of reference scenarios, system requirements and performance metrics, including theoretic benchmarks and bounds; development of beamforming and interference mitigation algorithms; dynamic resource allocation, MAC layer mechanisms and data-base shared access techniques; multicast beamforming techniques.

Project partners

CTTC, ULUX, AIT, THALES ALENIA SPACE ESPANA, AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS LTD, HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION S.A., Fraunhofer, ViaSat Antenna Systems SA

Contact persons

Principal Investigator
Scientific Director & Head of B-WISE Group