A European team is working on the world’s first W-band wireless system -  millimeter wave technology for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet - as part of a £2.8 million TWEETHER project.

Millimeter waves - found in the spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves - are considered the most promising and cost effective solution for the future. The TWEETHER project will result in a powerful and compact transmission hub, based on a traveling wave tube power amplifier and an advanced chipset in a compact terminal, with performance far outweighing any other technology.

Millions of users are griping about a ‘digital divide’ because of the very limited availability of high data rate in most residential, suburban or rural areas, where expensive optical fiber is not available and likely never will be with the costs customers are willing to pay.

Credit: Lancaster University

After three years of design and development, the system will be tested in a real operating environment.

“The enormous flux of data transferred via wireless networks, increasing at a super-high pace, makes today’s state-of-the-art networks quickly outdated," says Lancaster University’s Professor of Electronics Claudio Paoloni, the Project Coordinator. “The huge spread of portable smart phone, tablets and the increasing demand of services hungry for data, such as high definition TV, videoconferencing and online games, are posing formidable challenges with the congestion of the available spectrum and the limits of present technology.”

Paoloni said the answer was the exploitation of unused portions of the spectrum but at higher frequencies. The recent outstanding advancements in the field of vacuum electron devices and solid state electronics using millimeter wave frequencies opens the route for the breakthrough in wireless high speed data communications.

Source: Lancaster University