The lab supports research in access networks, network softwarisation and agile service deployment applicable to cognition-based networks. The lab has generated impact related to the launch of a Next-Generation Video Broadcasting System. The Broadcast WiFi technology (Bx-WiFi) is developed through a partnership with the BBC R&D and Global Invacom with funds from ESA. We have been granted 2 international patents and have contributed to the Broadcast Services Study Group (BCS SG) with a new services amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard
- MAC and physical layer LTE optimisation, radio-over-fibre for fibre-wireless mm-wave 5G, and multiuser (x32 split) 10 Gbps passive optical network enabling wireless and optical coexistence, using our modular long range (60km) PON fibre optic testbed
- a real-time emulated variable topology Ethernet distribution network, custom written SDN controller applications, and real-time satellite topology emulator for the implementation of SDN control and orchestration for bespoke one-to-many video service applications, intelligent WiFi control, and high throughput satellite based 5G links for SDN enabled massive video delivery
- real-time QoE optimisation in both wired and wireless video delivery networks using new algorithms based on swarm intelligence and combinatorial optimisation in combination with product trial data that is used as a data set
- FPGA acceleration capabilities for wireless digital telecommunication using an array of SDRs and application specific radio hardware in the DC – 6GHz range
- array of End Users (50x Raspberry Pis) capable of testing wireless networks (2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi), orchestration algorithms, and clustered applications
- latest generation Xilinx RFSoC FPGAs with integrated 8x 10GSamp/s DACs, 8x 5GSamp/s ADCs and very large DSP resources; used for Phased Array Gateway design.