17 May 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
InterDigital, as part of a consortium of 20 industry companies, has completed its three year European Union Horizon 2020 project.
The project aims to develop a 5G integrated backhaul and
fronthaul transport network that enables a flexible and
software-defined solution to networking in a multi-tenant and
"The 5G-Crosshaul project has delivered a novel transport
network that provides overall resource optimization and brings
the CAPEX and OPEX investments to a reasonable ROI range," said
Xavier Costa, head of 5G networks R&D and deputy general
manager of the security & networking R&D division, NEC
Laboratories Europe, and the technical manager of the project.
"This project’s major innovation has set the stage
to deliver on the huge increased available bandwidth and
ultra-low-latency required by the fifth generation of network
The 5G-Crosshaul solution was tested through 18 experiments
using multiple technology components from the various partners.
Trials were carried out at sites in Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona
and Taiwan, and delivered sub-millisecond latency, tens of Gbps
throughput, resulting in energy and cost savings of up to
"It has been truly an honour to oversee one of the most
ambitious 5G transport network research and development efforts
to date," said Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks,
co-founder of 5TONIC, and project coordinator of 5G-Crosshaul.
"The successful results of the 5G-Crosshaul project have
advanced scientific knowledge and international standardisation
of 5G systems, and ultimately contributed to an increase in
Europe’s 5G global competitiveness."
In addition to the completion of
the 5G backhaul project, InterDigital also announced the
appointment of Dr Henry Tirri as its new chief technology
Prior to this appointment Tirri served as executive vice
president and chief technology officer of Harman International
Industries, in addition to more than a decade at Nokia where he
held the positions of executive vice president and head of
technologies business, chief technology officer, and senior
vice president and head of the Nokia Research Center.
In his new role Tirri will lead the company’s
technology vision and strategy, including the evolution of the
company’s technology road map.
"Henry Tirri is a recognized visionary technologist, and a
great addition to the InterDigital team as we broaden our
technology footprint and as mobile technology enters an
ever-widening array of new industry segments," said William
Merritt, president and CEO of InterDigital.
"Henry’s broad experience and deep rooting in
R&D are tremendous assets to the company at a time of
unprecedented opportunity for InterDigital."
Dr Henry Tirri