The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a technology center in telecommunications, performing research and engineering on physical, access and network layers of communications systems. CTTC is a non-profit research center, from a public initiative and with a high degree of self-financing, open to the participation of other public and private bodies, as well as to partnership with the industrial and business sectors. The research activities at CTTC are organized into four divisions: the Communication Systems division, the Communication Technologies division, the Communication Networks division and the Geomatics division. They all include both research and engineering profiles, in order to enable for cut-edge research and product oriented activities. CTTC aims at fostering innovation potential by making new scientific knowledge accessible and supporting its implementation. With respect to the scientific production, CTTC has contributed to more than 300 international journals and more than 600 international conferences. In addition, CTTC has currently submitted 17 patent applications and, among them, 9 have already been internationally patented and 1 has been awarded. CTTC has participated in many EU, ESA, and Spanish funded research projects, as well as in direct industrial contracts. A complete list of publications, patents and projects can be found at the CTTC website.
Thales Alenia Space España (TAS España) is an experienced company created in 1988 dedicated to the design and manufacturing of space flight equipment and systems. Thales Alenia Space España is a fully independent operational entity belonging to Thales Alenia Space company.
Since the very beginning with the participation in the first HISPASAT satellites, Thales Alenia Space España has been strongly involved in more than 60 telecom Commercial and Military Satellites programs world-wide. Our main contribution to these programs is constituted by TT&C Equipment and Subsystems, Passive RF payload equipment and Digital Processing Units.
We delivered AMERHIS OBP regenerative repeater, embarked in Hispasat Amazonas satellite, constituting a unique Interactive Communications System for the supply of Advanced Multimedia Services in Europe and America, based on a DVB-RCS/DVB-S Regenerative system. In 2008, we delivered AMERHIS-2, embarked in Hispasat Amazonas 2 satellite as a demonstration of the success of the first mission. We are currently developing REDSAT payload, an evolution of the regenerative repeater implementing DVB-S2 standard on the downlink, which will be embarked on Hispasat AG1 satellite. Furthermore, TAS España has been recently awarded a contract to supply an AMERHIS like OBP payload for the first satellite of OverHorizon operator.
Thales Alenia Space España presents a sound position as telecommunication systems designer. More specifically, TAS has specialized in next generation IP based satellite communication systems using On Board Processing and innovative ground control and management stations. This places our company in the best frame to succeed in this project and their future developments, as long as all market trends show that the integration between mobile and satellite will be made using IP and OBP based architectures (e.g.: Iridium NEXT). The software development activities in Thales Alenia Space España cover both space and ground system equipment.
From a technical point of view, the Telecom System’s objectives are to master advanced techniques and enabling technologies (i.e. building blocks, preferably generic) that are potentially useful for Thales Alenia Space products and/ or a “sine qua non” pre-requisite for a Space System Prime Manufacturer. From a commercial point of view, Telecom System’s objectives are mainly to cope with uncertainties and risk developments (breadboards), to accelerate the time-to-market and to identity at the earliest the breakthrough technologies in the different studied domains.
Early 2009, the University of Luxembourg (ULUX) created its first interdisciplinary research centre the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) to spearhead one of the University’s priority areas. The creation of SnT and investments into this research field should be seen in the context of the government’s strategy to raise the competitiveness of Luxembourg and diversify the country’s economy, notably towards the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector. The need for large infrastructure investments was recognized and today Luxembourg provides a very attractive environment (high bandwidth connectivity, fibre to the home deployment, data centres) for the development of high value ICT services and applications. Several successful ICT companies have their European headquarters in Luxembourg, for example, Ebay, PayPal, iTunes, Amazon, Skype, and Netflix. Security, reliability and trust are keywords associated with the services that these companies provide. As part of the government’s strategy, the goal of SnT is to fuel these developments through quality research and supplying competent people for building this sector of the economy. Through public private partnerships, SnT aims at increasing private research and development investments in the region.
SnT brings together researchers from partners and the ULUX faculties to carry out research and PhD education in Security, Reliability and Trust. The Centre aims to achieve high impact and excellence well beyond the academic community by collaborating with external partners such as industries, government bodies, institutions, and international actors.
The Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technology (known for short as Athens Information Technology – AIT) is an international institution providing high quality education and research in the fields of information technology, telecommunications and technology management (www.ait.gr). AIT is a not-for-profit institution, founded in 2001. AIT’s facilities include some of the Southeastern Europe’s most technologically advanced research laboratories. AIT will participate in the consortium via its Broadband Wireless & Sensor Networks research group.
Avanti Communications is a satellite operator specializing in the provision of Broadband Internet services for end-users located in rural areas. The company was formed in 1995 and has consistently demonstrated its ability to exploit the results of R&D projects by leveraging R&D grants to raise funding from the financial markets to commercialise new concepts. In November 2010 Avanti launched HYLAS 1 which is the first Ka-band multispot beam satellite that is specifically designed to provide internet services to rural Europe.
Nowadays, Avanti Communications’ network consists of:- two high throughput satellites in orbit, called HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2; a multiband satellite called Artemis plus a fourth satellite in construction called HYLAS 3 and an international fibre network connecting data centres in several countries. Avanti Communications has GEO satellite network spectrum filings in the ITU Master Register for Ka band at 33.5° West and 31.0° East and for Ka, Ku, S and L-band at 21.5° East. Avanti Communications serves customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Avanti provides services on its satellites through Virtual Network Operators in its target markets in much the same way as terrestrial network operators make their networks available through LLU to various ISPs.
Avanti is involved through ESA R&D activities in the preparation for next generation multispot beam satellites aimed at developing new satellite technologies that will provide for increased capacity satellites aimed at meeting the EU 2020 Digital Agenda Targets. These projects will prepare a roadmap for future technology development so that Avanti and other satellite operators are able to order satellites that can satisfy the needs of European Citizens in line with DA targets.
The Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation S.A. (OTE), member of the Deutsche Telekom (DT) Group of Companies, is the incumbent telecommunications provider in Greece. OTE offers its customers a wide range of technologically advanced services such as high-speed data communications, mobile telephony, internet access, infrastructure provision, multimedia services, leased lines, maritime and satellite communications, telex and directories. OTE’s vision is to rank among the largest telecommunications companies in Europe, and through its international investments (mainly in the area of South-Eastern Europe), now addresses a potential customer base of 60 million people, making OTE the largest telecommunications provider in SE Europe. OTE’s R&D Department is involved in almost all technological and infrastructural issues, and is an active participant in many EU and international collaborative projects. OTE’s current R&D activities include broadband technologies and services, next generation network architectures, infrastructure development etc., following to the actual challenges for the development of a fully competitive network infrastructure & a portfolio of innovative services/facilities.
Founded in 1985, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. With the creation of mp3 and the co-development of AAC, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. In close cooperation with partners and clients the Institute provides research and development services in the following areas: Audio & Multimedia, Communications Systems, Energy Management, IC Design and Design Automation, Imaging System, Medical Technology, Non-destructive Testing, Positioning, Safety and Security Technology, Sensor Systems plus Supply Chain Management. About 830 employees conduct contract research for industry, the service sector and public authorities. The budget of 108 million euros is mainly financed by projects. Less than 25 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds. Fraunhofer IIS with its headquarters in Erlangen, Germany, has further branches in Germany with one of them being in Ilmenau. The Fraunhofer IIS Project Group for Wireless Distribution Systems in Digital Broadcasting, located in Ilmenau is specialized on testing of terrestrial and satellite based communication systems and networks in Virtual Electromagnetic Environments at the Facility for Over the Air Research and Testing (FORTE).
VIASAT based in Lausanne, Switzerland, is focused on the design and development of innovative antenna subsystems for mobile satellite telecommunications. The company provides custom design, development, prototyping, and testing of antennas for land vehicles, boats and aircraft.
Originally called JAST, it was founded in 1998 as a spin-off of the Laboratoire d’Electromagnétisme et d’Acoustique of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. After participating in several EU and ESA programs in the field of antenna arrays for satellite communications, JAST developed its own antenna products which it commercialized in 2007. JAST became a 100% owned subsidiary of ViaSat in August 2007, changing from JAST to ViaSat Antenna Systems in February 2013. Thanks to the sale of its products and technology to external customers and internally to ViaSat, VIA has grown to a turnover of 1.1 MCHF for March 2012 – April 2013 with a staff of 10 in that period.
The leading-edge competencies and technologies of VIA in the field of antenna arrays, allow developing innovative front-ends fully embeddable in vehicle profile (e.g. cars, boats, airplanes, military vehicles) enabling rich multimedia content into vehicles.