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Published on 31/01/2022


About the project:

A group of 16 leading players in the field of telecommunications are joining forces to advance the development of a new air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks. The “FANTASTIC-5G” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) project focuses on boosting capacity, increasing flexibility and improving the energy efficiency of the next generation of mobile networks.


The aim of the two-year (2015-2017) FANTASTIC-5G project is to develop a new multi-service air interface that operates below 6 GHz frequency for 5G networks, and is:

  • Highly flexible, to support different types of data traffic
  • Scalable, to support an ever-growing number of networked devices
  • Versatile, to support diverse device types and traffic/transmission characteristics
  • Energy and resource-efficient, to better use the available spectrum
  • Future-proofed, enabling easy upgrades to future software releases

Use cases/verticals

The project supports the following use cases:

50 Mbps everywhere (MBB). This use case is representative for the scenario where high data rate in wide area coverage is required, for multiple services like Internet access, file downloading and video streaming.

High speed train (MBB+V2X). This use case is representative for the scenario where people use high quality mobile Internet not only in stationary or low-mobility scenarios, but also at higher speed (e.g. up to a range of 350-500 km/h) while using terrestrial transportation.

Sensor networks (MMC). This use case is representative for the scenario where small sensors and actuators, for example mounted onto stationary or movable objects, enable a wide range of applications related to monitoring, alerting or actuating. Typically, these devices need to transmit data only occasionally, e.g. minutes, hours, or weeks. The net payload for such applications is typically small, in the order of 20 to 125 bytes per message or even more in some special cases, and the latency requirements are often moderate, in the range of a few seconds.

Tactile Internet (MCC). This use case is representative for the scenario where a system is used by humans to wirelessly control real and virtual objects, and to accurately transmit the equivalent of human touch using the bits and bytes of data networks [ITU08.2014]. Tactile interaction typically requires a tactile control signal and audio and/or visual feedback.

Automatic traffic control / driving (MCC+V2X). This use case is representative for the scenario where advanced safety applications are used to mitigate and avoid road accidents, to improve traffic efficiency, and to support the mobility of emergency vehicles.

Broadcast like services: Local, Regional, National (BMS). This use case is representative for the scenario where systems for efficient distribution of information from one source to many destinations are used.

Dense urban society below 6GHz (MBB). This use case is representative for the scenario where a high number of users per km2 are requiring applications such as multimedia streaming with high demand in terms of traffic in urban outdoor and indoor environments.

WINGS involvement

WINGS ICT Solutions members’ experience is exploited for the following objectives of the project:

  • 5G system-level simulations on massive machine communications (MMC) and mission-critical communications (MCC);
  • Traffic classification solutions;
  • Novel frame design aspects for supporting new multi-service air interface for 5G.

WINGS prospects/exploitation

Exploitation plans include the enhancement of the 5G system-level simulator of WINGS ICT in order to support the flexible, unified air-interface that the project proposes for accommodating mission critical and massive machine communications.

Awards & demonstration video


Website: http://fantastic-5g.eu/

Framework: H2020/5GPPP

Duration: 07.2015-06.2017

This project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement No 671660

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