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Photonics platform to transform mobile fronthaul infrastructure

Project Leader: Christina Lim
Staff: Thas Nirmalathas
Collaborators: Lena Wosinska (Chalmers University of Technology)
Primary Contact: Christina Lim (chrislim@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: communications and networks; defence; optical communication systems; optical networks; photonics and electronics; wireless communication systems
Disciplines: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Wireless communication has transformed society over the past decade. Continual technological advances provide fast and seamless connectivity to ever-increasing mobile devices. Global wireless data traffic is expected to increase 8-fold by 2023. Mobile networks will require a major transformation to meet these future demands and similar challenge also exist in future defence platforms. With the explosive growth of wireless systems, this creates significant challenges in fronthaul – the link connecting antennas with the signal processors and core network.

This project aims to design and develop an innovative and scalable fronthaul for wireless systems based on a dynamically reconfigurable, software-defined photonic platform capable of meeting diverse requirements.