Aston University has joined a European Union research project designed to help prevent a capacity reduction in the global communications infrastructure.
The project MODE- GAP is a collaborative research and development project involving Aston’s Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) which aims to develop new technologies and concepts to reduce energy consumption.
The use of mobile networks and smart, remote devices such as smart phones, tablets, plus increasing use of video, is increasing capacity on communication networks and this four year project aims to find new network solutions. Astons AIPT centre will be working with Europe’s leading companies and universities towards developing a new network with at least 100 times the capacity of today’s systems.
Professor Andrew Ellis, of Aston University, will lead the AIPT’s involvement in MODE-GAP.
Professor Ellis said; “AIPT has one of the strongest theoretical and computer-modelling activities in advanced optical communications techniques in the world. Aston will be able to accurately estimate the likely performance advantages of the various strategies within MODE GAP which is essential to establish that a significant net benefit over conventional systems may be achieved.”
MODE-GAP project leader Dr Ian Giles adds; “Professor Ellis is internationally recognised for his contributions in the fields of nonlinearity in optical communications, and for highlighting the impending capacity crunch. We have already made significant progress, including showing a world leading result for multi-channel transmission, but this project is critical to people all over the world and we can only be strengthened in our work by the addition of the AIPT to our team.”
Key organisations involved in MODE-GAP include the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, ESPCI ParisTech, OFS Fitel Denmark APS, Phoenix Photonics, the COBRA Institute at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eblana Photonics Ltd, Nokia Siemens Networks GMBH & Co. KG and the Tyndall National Institute of University College Cork.
AIPT is an internationally recognised research centre specialising in fibre optics, high-speed optical communications and nonlinear photonic technologies.
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