Tourist hotspots drive significant volumes of mobile traffic, presenting a challenge to existing mobile technologies. The REACH project brings together an exciting group of partners to find new solutions to address this challenge by improving the delivery of data in High Density Demand (HDD) areas.

By developing new tools for an intelligent controller, the partners will enhance different aspects of data delivery. The project will deliver 3 distinct O-RAN (Open Radio Access Networks) HDD trials that will demonstrate the technology using realistic data.

  1. Supported by VirginMedia02, trial small cell HDD solutions to mobile users along Blackpool promenade and Winter Gardens.
  2. Evaluate and trial massive MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) by conducting trials in North Yorkshire or Lincolnshire for multi-tower Gigabit MIMO fixed wireless access architectures, using technology from Quickline Communications.
  3. We will develop Cell Free, a massive MIMO at University of York.

The project has the potential to address the technical issues from HDD scenarios by developing systems which can be integrated into the broader telecommunications ecosystem.

Professor David Grace, University of York said:

This project will deliver improved data connections in areas which regularly host numbers of visitors and where the mobile networks experience high demand in small areas. The innovative O-RAN software and hardware systems being developed by the partners will develop expertise and support the growth of a flourishing UK ecosystem in 5G and future 6G technologies.

REACH gratefully acknowledges their funding from the Department for Science, Industry and Technology under the Open Networks Ecosystem competition.