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Broadband access and wireless connectivity are increasingly important to the economy and society. The Digital Agenda lay down broadband performance objectives that are designed to enable all citizens to participate in the benefits from online services. At the same time, the rapid penetration of data-hungry smart phones and new machine-to-machine applications poses dramatic challenges for mobile radio access networks in the near future. Mobile and wireless communication systems will have to respond to the increase in traffic volume, by increasing capacity and by improving efficiency in energy, cost and spectrum utilisation.
The European Commission investment in Future Networks research is undertaken through collaborative projects, selected in highly competitive calls for proposals. The work is based on a cost-shared agreement between the European Commission and the consortia of EU leading industry, academia and research centres. Projects are grouped into a set of clusters of common interest, to develop synergies and critical mass.
In this context, the RAS is a cluster activity comprising a portfolio of more than 20 research projects participating in the 7th Framework Program (Objective 1.1 - Future Networks) and investigating Radio Access and Spectrum aspects of future wireless networks.
The main objectives of the RAS cluster are to: