Core Information

FIWIN5G: FIber-Wireless Integrated Networks for 5th Generation delivery, comprises 10 leading research institutions and a comprehensive research training program for all Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). It aims to produce the next generation of researchers who will enable Europe to take a leading role in the multidisciplinary area of 5G high-speed wireless internet and beyond, involving devices, systems and networks. To achieve this, the network integrates multidisciplinary scientific expertise, complementary skills, and experience working in academia and industry to empower ESRs to work in interdisciplinary teams, integrate their activities, share expertise, and promote a vision of a converged wireless and optical access network that seamlessly and efficiently supports the services and applications being demanded. The support of high bandwidth and high mobility is central to the driving vision of future networks, requiring a large number of technologies to converge, co-exist and interoperate, and most importantly, cooperate, if this vision is to be efficiently and cost-effectively realised. A key area within this next generation jigsaw is the integration of optical fibre networks and radio networks at mm-wave frequencies, to provide high-bandwidth front/backhaul services and enable scalable and manageable networks without a highly complex interface structure and multiple overlaid protocols.


The FIWIN5G aims to provide doctoral students with exposure to the range of skills, necessary to address these challenging demands. It aims to provide a range of research experience for ESR by including a secondment to another partner and collaboration with industry in each project. In addition to the technical skills training programme, ESRs will be exposed to a range of complementary, key transferable skills in entrepreneurship, management and financing of research activities and programmes, management of intellectual property rights, exploitation of research, ethical aspects, communication, standardisation and societal outreach. These will be delivered through a core programme of training activities mandatory for all ESRs. While becoming expects in one particular sub-domain, the next generation of research must understand the broad context of their work, whether it is systems/network engineers understanding the devices and technologies that make up the networks or device engineers understanding the networks in which their devices will function.


The partners bring together world-leading research infrastructure in the area of optical and wireless integration. This covers state-of-the-art clean rooms and fabrication facilities, world-class integration and sub-system development expertise as well as innovative and complementary test and measurement equipment and test-beds.


The main theme of FIWIN5G is the expansion, in terms of both carrier frequency and bandwidth, of optically supported wireless links. As detailed below, such systems have very recently surpassed 100Gbit/s for the first time. This opens up new opportunities for short-haul wireless links to compete with core optical fibre speeds. As the core moves towards 400Gbit/s, we proposed to develop the next generation of systems and components that will support such data-rates wirelessly by using integrated photonic technologies.

Key Roles

Network Coordinator: John Mitchell, UCL

Training Coordinator: Beatrice Cabon, G-INP

Research Coordinator: JJ Vegas Olmas, DTU

Commercial Exploitation Cooridinator: Andreas Stöhr, UDE

Recruitment and Equal Opportunities Coordinator: Eszter Udvary, BME

Secondment Coordinator: Guillermo Carpintero, UC3M

Adminstrative Coordinator: Pauline Chetail, UCL



Project Number: 642355

Call : H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Type of action : MSCA-ITN-ETN

Start Date: 1/1/15

End Date: 31/12/18

Maximum EU Funding: €3.867M