ADEL:Advanced Dynamic spectrum 5G mobile networks Employing Licensed shared access

Based on the negotiation meeting held in Brussels on 24th July 2013 under the 'Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission',  ADEL's aim is to develop future heterogeneous wireless networks of  higher capacity and energy efficiency thus setting the road-map for the adoption of spectrum flexible broadband wireless systems by 2020.


The use of spectrum in commercial applications is either licensed or license-exempted. Cognitive radio is another approach but it has been met with skepticism by cellular operators and has led to very limited deployments (e.g. 802.22). 

ADEL aims at facilitating the reform of spectrum licensing, highly improving the efficiency landscape for personal wireless communications, thus greatly benefiting the citizens. ADEL, while promising a technology breakthrough, also has the advantage of targeting the European spectrum allocation needs and constraints over the years to come. Carrying out the work at a European level will result in the advancement of wireless networking by European researchers and in the related commercial exploitation, providing partnership opportunities among ADEL partners and European players and stakeholders. Such efforts will energize investment, mobilize resources and create new job opportunities, while improving competitiveness in Europe.

The consortium plans to release a few white paper contributions, framing the technical problem addressed by ADEL; the project will align and possibly contribute its results to the upcoming 5G standardisation activities and also present the LSA benefits to national and European regulatory bodies. The additional spectrum bands considered by ADEL for wireless broadband networks can mutually benefit both incumbent and LSA licensed operators.    

Project Website: 

Principal Investigator: 

Dr Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

Research Institutes: 

  • Digital Communications

Research Themes: 

  • Communications
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 09:07