SANSA Project co-organized a workshop at FITCE 2016 congress in Athens, Greece

Workshop on advanced backhauling technologies, impact of SDN and NFV

This workshop was focussed on the output from the SANSA and VITAL projects and consisted of two overview papers followed by an examination of the results, challenges, architectures from these research projects.

Maria Guta looked at combining the strength of satellite and terrestrial networks to deploy 5G. It was noted that 5G has to incorporate satellite technologies and a review of satellite technologies was given.

Dr. Anastasios Kourtis who participates in the VITAL project presented the impact of SDN and NFV implementation in the telecommunications industry. He considered the challenges posed to network operators by Over the Top (OTT) providers such as Netflix. He considered that NFV facilitates the deployment of new services, through the Virtual Network Function VNF, which is the executable code that permits this.

The role of converged satellite and terrestrial backhauling for 5G networks was examined by George Agapiou and Panagiotis Matzoros. The key question was how can satellite help provide commercially viable back hauling as it is dealt in SANSA project. 

Constantinos Papadias considered two strategies, when he described beam selection strategies for multiuser cellular networks with limited feedback. This affects the wireless access network and exploits multiuser diversity.