Coordinated control and spectrum management for 5G heterogeneous radio access networks

The exponential growth of mobile traffic, drastically increasing of network complexity, and the strong need for inter-network coordination of wireless network resources call for breakthroughs in control, coordination and flexible spectrum management in 5G heterogeneous radio access networks. The COHERENT project aims to address these problems by researching, developing and validating a novel control framework for future mobile networks.

The key innovation of COHERENT is to develop a unified programmable control framework to coordinate the underlying heterogeneous mobile networks as a whole. This includes combining innovative approaches on abstraction of low layers in underlying mobile networks, software defined networking, and flexible spectrum management. COHERENT will build a true proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate the applicability and benefits of its approach.

EICT is responsible for system architecture design and API definition, evaluation of mobility management protocols with respect to programmability and seamless fast handover, flexible management of network resources, experimental facilities, and standardisation.


Duration: July 2015 – December 2017

Coordinator: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Partners: 14

Total budget: EUR 6 Million, funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme



EICT`s role

System architecture design, API definition, evaluation of mobility management protocols, management of network resources, experimental facilities, standardisation.