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The OMEGA project will deliver Gbps capacity and low latency within the home and to the access network with either wireless transmission or transmission using existing wireline home infrastructure. They enable access to and the development of new and innovative service. The following figure illustrates the home network concept that OMEGA project is aiming at.

Data enters the home and is routed by the home gate way. The gateway in turn is connected to OMEGA hardware, which can deliver Gbps data transmission by use of either line-of-sight (LOS) 60 GHz RF or LOS optical-wireless links. Room-area communication is provided through ultra-wideband (UWB) and broadcasting by visible-light communication (VLC). To extend ultra-broadband penetration, the gateway can also use low frequency RF to connect to terminals, or use power-line communication (PLC) beyond state of the art 100 Mbps net to connect to OMEGA bridges within the house.

These access technologies represent a rather large and heterogeneous set of channels to be addressed by a single project, but this rather broad scope is necessary to provide Gbps capability over a wide range of channel conditions that intrinsically cannot be predicted by the provider of the home-area network, since each consumer's home is different, and so is the communication technology available. A very small portion of new homes in Europe will be designed for ultra-broadband home-area networks in the next decade, so OMEGA must easily fit into existing housing over the wide range of 'traditional' designs in the EU. No home will be the same, with different interference conditions and impairment, and also as a range of different devices will be independently chosen by the consumer. The broad range of transmission standards envisaged for OMEGA will ensure ultra-broadband performance in a wide range of conditions and circumstances, with any number of devices and terminals.

IHP`s Contribution

IHP will provide not only a 60GHz hardware demonstrator for broadband wireless communication but also concepts of inter-MAC algorithm that gives higher quality of service (QoS) and better interoperability of multiple transmission schemes.


The project is founded by EU 7. FRP.

Project Partners

ComNets, Eurescom, France Telecom, Fraunhofer HHI Infineon Austria, Infineon Germany, INSA-IETR, Iskra Zascite, Siemens, Spidcom, Technikon, Telefonica, Thomson, University of Athens, University of Dortmund, University of Illmenau, University of Oxford, University of Rom, University of Udine

Selected Publications

E. Grass et al., Asymmetric dual-band UWB / 60GHz demonstrator, in Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communication (IEEE PIMRC), Cannes, France, Sep., 2008.

External Links

The building and the infrastructure of the IHP were funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, funds of the Federal Government and also funds of the Federal State of Brandenburg.