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eBOS Technologies Participates in MARSAL Project

eBOS announced its participation in the new 5G – PPP Phase 3b ICT-52 MARSAL project, which focuses on developing the vision for future 6G systems and developing key enabling technologies for 6G. The MARSAL “Machine Learning-Based, Networking and Computing Infrastructure Resource Management of 5G and Beyond Intelligent Networks” project commenced in January 2021 and held a successful online kick-off meeting on the 21st and 22nd of January 2021, where the vision and the framework of the project was discussed.  The multidisciplinary Project consortium consists of 14 partners from 9 countries and is coordinated by Centre Tecnològic Telecomunicacions Catalunya (CTTC). 

MARSAL breaks the barriers of the traditional cellular networks paradigm by proposing breakthrough distributed processing cell-free massive MIMO architectures. The project proposes a new paradigm of elastic virtual infrastructures that integrate in a transparent manner cell-free, networking, management and security technologies, in order to deliver end-to-end transfer, processing and storage services by using advanced Machine Learning techniques.

MARSAL results will be demonstrated in three well-established testbeds: i) CTTC 5G Testbed in Barcelona (Spain), ii) KUL 5G Testbed in Leuven (Belgium) and iii) Orange 5G Testbed in Lannion (France).

“In MARSAL we leverage on our experience from past 5G projects to shape solutions for the next generation AI-aided fiber wireless converged networks. Existing well-established 5G platforms will be further developed during the project in order to pave a path toward 6G and build the Research and Innovation capacities for Europe’s technology sovereignty in 6G systems” stated the MARSAL Project Coordinator, Dr. Christos Verikoukis, from CTTC.

” MARSAL is set to lead technical activities and standardization efforts towards 6G. Currently, the MARSAL partners are in the process of designing the system architecture and identifying the key performance indicators that will evaluate the project results”, added Vasilis Machamint, Project Manager at eBOS.

Two Proofs of Concept (PoCs) will be demonstrated to highlight the novelties of MARSAL, for i) dense and ultra-dense hotspot areas and ii) cognitive assistance and its security and privacy implications in 6G networks. 
The outcomes of these PoCs will demonstrate the practical viability of MARSAL’s targeted network, management and security technologies and offer valuable insights on various considerations of 6G networks. 

MARSAL, which is commissioned to run until December 2023, is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission with a total budget of € 6.1 million. It brings together a strong consortium of major ICT, industry and academic stakeholders to pave a path toward 6G and set the direction for future research and standardization focus areas. Specifically the project consortium consists of: Center Tecnologic De Telecomunicacions De Catalunya (Spain) , Iquadrat Informatica (Spain), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems (Greece) NEC Laboratories Europe (Germany), Mellanox Technologies Ltd (Israel), Organismos Tilepikoinonion Tis Ellados OTE (Greece), Intracom Sa Telecom Solutions (Greece), EBOS  (Cyprus), Orange Sa (France), Universita Degli Studi Di Milano (Italy), Accelleran (Belgium) IS-Wireless (Poland) and Pharrowtech (Belgium).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017171.