CNT projects


The objective of WILLOW (Wireless Lowband Communications: Massive and Ultra-Reliable Access) is to make wireless communication a true commodity by supporting low-rate links for massive number of devices and ultra-reliable connectivity. Lowband communication is the key to enabling new applications, such as massive sensing, ultra-reliable vehicular links and wireless cloud connectivity with guaranteed minimal rate. The research in WILLOW is centered on two fundamental issues. First is the efficient communication with short packets. Second is the system architecture in which graceful rate degradation, low latency, and massive access can exist simultaneously with the broadband services.

Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society

Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society

The METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society) project is a research consortium of 29 partners from across Europe, in both industry and academia. The focus of the project is to lay the foundation of the next generation of cellular communications, and aims at addressing fundamental issues and problems therein. The research is done from three vantage points: an increase in data rate requirements, an increase in the number of devices connected as well as an increased heterogeneity in traffic patterns of the devices.

The project is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (EU-FP7). More information is available at the

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A group of 16 leading players in the field of telecommunications joined forces to advance the development of a new air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks. The “FANTASTIC-5G” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) project will focus on boosting capacity, increasing flexibility and improving the energy efficiency of the next generation of mobile networks.

Future mobile networks need to become even more flexible and efficient than 4G, 3G and 2G networks to cope with the ever-growing demands being placed on them. As consumer

smartphone and tablet devices become more diverse, and as the Internet of Things brings with it a huge increase in the amount of sensor-related traffic, a new air interface – which connects a user´s device to the mobile network and defines the way information is transmitted to and from the device – for 5G is required.

The aim of the 2-year FANTASTIC-5G project is to develop a new multi-service air interface that operates below 6 GHz frequency for 5G networks, and is:

  • Highly flexible, to support different types of data traffic
  • Scalable, to support an ever-growing number of networked devices
  • Versatile, to support diverse device types and traffic/transmission characteristics
  • Energy- and resource-efficient, to better use the available spectrum
  • Future-proofed, enabling easy upgrades to future software releases.

FANTASTIC-5G has received 8 million Euros of funding by the European Commission under the EU´s “Horizon 2020” initiative aiming to advance digital Europe.

The members of FANTASTIC-5G include service providers (Orange, Telecom Italia), component and infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Sequans Communications, Wings ICT Solutions), universities (Aalborg University, Politecnico di Bari, Institut Mines-Telecom/Telecom Bretagne, University of Bremen) and research institutes (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives – Laboratoire d’électronique et de technologie de l’information (CEA-Leti), Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI)) from Europe.

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The project “Evolving wireless cellular systems for smart grid communications” concentrates on the use of wireless cellular technologies in Wide Area and Field Area Networking (WAN/FAN) domains of the future smart grid. The main hypothesis is that the cellular technologies are mature and ubiquitous, such that they can serve as a basis to create communication solutions for smart grid services in WAN/FAN. Yet, the main challenge is that cellular technologies are optimized for human-centered traffic and do not provide the principal connectivity features required for the smart grid services, which are real-time low-latency connections, high reliability of critical connections and handling of a large number of simultaneous connections. The project objective is to remove these fundamental barriers by devising innovative principles and methods to evolve the cellular networks towards cost-effective support of the smart grid communications in WAN/FANs.

The project is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research, grant ID: DFF – 4005-00281.

Principal investigator: Čedomir Stefanović

Project start date: April 1st, 2014. Project duration: 36 months.

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Advanced Communications and Information processing in smart grid systems

Advanced Communications and Information processing in smart grid systems

ADVANTAGE (Advanced Communications and Information processing in smart grid systems) is a major inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral FP7 project between power and communications engineering research and development communities, launched in January 2014. There are 13 Early Stage Researchers on the project, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Greece, India, Iran, Macedonia, Nepal and Peru, each work in one of our Level 1 partner universities/companies and undertake a rigorous training schedule alongside their PhD studies. Via training, dissemination and networking we aim to make a significant contribution to the international development of smart grid technology.