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VTT manages international telecommunication project
Wireless services to customers ten times faster

VTT is managing an international project to develop a wireless telecommunication system, which is even ten times faster than current systems. A goal is to achieve the higher data rate with the same cost than presently best data rates. Thanks to this development, a consumer may access very fast even the latest available wireless telecommunication based services.

VTT Group Manager Kyösti Rautiola holds an information transfer device operating at 10Mbit/s. A new device of this type is under design to deliver wireless services at a speed of no less than 1000 Mbit/s. In the background equipment for examining the extremely fast information transfer devices of the future.
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VTT is developing this very high speed transceiver technology by using electronic components, which have very low energy consumption. The three year research and development project lasts until the end of 2007. In this project, VTT is working in close co-operation with Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), which is connected to the University of California at Berkeley, USA. BWRC is one of the leading research institutes on wireless telecommunications in the world.

The research institutes define together the specifications of the new data transmission system. They design the transceiver components, which are necessary for very high speed data transmission, to a completely new 60 gigahertz frequency area. The designed data rate will be 1000 megabits per second (or 1 gigabit per second).

The fastest of the current wireless local area networks operate at 5 gigahertz frequency area. They can achieve a maximum data rate of about 100 megabits per second. The current mobile cellular networks, on the other hand, operate at 1 gigahertz to 2 gigahertz frequency areas achieving a maximum data rate of about 2 megabits per second.

The project is partly based on researcher exchange between VTT and BWRC. One of the aims is to implement an experimental facility to test the design results in practice. The project is financed by Tekes, VTT, Asperation, Elektrobit Microwave, Filtronic, Nokia and the Finnish Defence Forces.

Further information:

VTT Electronics
Kyösti Rautiola, Group Manager
Tel.: +358 20 722 2428
VTT Information Technology
Timo Karttaavi, Senior Research Scientist
Tel.: +358 9 456 5635, +358 40 530 2953

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