4GBB project partners

Cluster Organizations 



EUREKA is a network for 39 member countries that has been set up to promote collaboration between companies and researchers in Europe regarding market related research and technological development.

EUREKA’s aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of European industry on the global market. The projects entail collaboration between companies, institutes and authorities from at least two member countries. It is the participants themselves that initiate and design their collaboration. Since the network was set up in 1985 more than 4 000 EUREKA projects have been created and approved.


Celtic is a European research and development programme, established as Eureka cluster, to strengthen Europe's competitiveness in telecommunications through short and medium term collaborative R&D projects.

Celtic-Plus is an industry-driven European research initiative to define, perform and finance through public and private funding common research projects in the area of telecommunications, new media, future Internet, and applications & services focusing on a new "Smart Connected World" paradigm. Celtic-Plus is a EUREKA ICT cluster and belongs to the inter-governmental EUREKA network. 


Active Partners


British Telecom (BT) is one of the world's leading communications services companies, operating in over 170 countries worldwide. Its principal activities include networked IT services; local, national and international communications services; broadband and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services.


Ericsson AB (EAB) is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 175 countries utilise Ericsson's network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. Ericsson is one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.


Elektronikutveckling i Rosvik AB (EUR AB) is a small company set in Sweden focused on developing electronic products and components. It is specialized in combining digital design using microcontrollers and FPGA, and analogue technology including radio frequencies. The company was founded in 1996 by Torvald Lundberg.


France Telecom (Orange Labs). The network of Orange Labs represents the France Telecom-Orange Group's global innovation network. It is made up of 5,000 employees on four continents. It reflects the Group's ambition to put innovation at the heart of its strategy, firmly focused on its clients. Under the responsibility of a Strategic Marketing Department, which provides the group’s orientations and knowledge of the market, two new structures have been created, the Explocentre and the Technocentre, which work in close collaboration with the R&D laboratories installed all over the world.

Lund University was founded in 1666. Today it is an international centre for research and education that has approximately 38,000 students and 5,500 employees, which makes it to one of the oldest and largest universities in Scandinavia. Lund University is respected as one of the best universities in Sweden. Lunds Tekniska Högskola (LTH) comprises the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, and is one of Sweden's largest higher educational institutes for the technical and engineering sciences. The Broadband Communications group at the Department of Electrical and Information Technology focuses on broadband access and core networks, on all layers. The research areas are applied signal processing, DSL systems, and network design. The group has a system-centric approach, where the system functionality and maintenance is the main focus. The research is performed in close cooperation with Swedish and International industrial partners.

Marvell Hispania. Founded in 1995, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has operations worldwide and approximately 5,700 employees. Marvell’s U.S. operating subsidiary is based in Santa Clara, California and Marvell has international design centers located in the U.S., Europe, Israel, India, Singapore and China. Marvell’s expertise in microprocessor architecture and digital signal processing, drives multiple platforms including high volume storage solutions, mobile and wireless, networking, consumer, and green products. World-class engineering and mixed-signal design expertise helps Marvell deliver critical building blocks to its customers, giving them the competitive edge to succeed in today’s dynamic market.

Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo is a company totally owned by Telefónica S.A and operational since 1988. Telefónica S.A has created Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo to fulfil its Research and Development requirements with more excellence and profitability and to contribute to Telefónica Group competitiveness through technological innovation. Over the last years, the line of work of Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo has evolved to conform to the objective of becoming a service creation lab. This objective is driven by the emergence of interactive multimedia services, which are increasingly becoming a mayor force in the telecommunications market. 

TELNET Redes Inteligentes is a medium size Company based in Zaragoza, Spain. TELNET designs and manufactures telecommunication solutions such as optical cards for data transport networks, FTTH, WDM-PON and MetroEthernet access, fiber optics cables and mobile fractal BTS antennas. Also the large expertise and high technology labs of the company allows to develop all kind of customized solutions in the new technologies area.


TNO Information and Communication Technology (TNO ICT) is the Dutch national institution for applied research with about 5000 employees and different knowledge areas. TNO ICT is one of its branches, and consists of over 300 highly qualified engineers that are active in research and development of fixed and wireless networks, in product and service development. It is a unique centre of innovation in the Netherlands, to help companies, government bodies and (semi-)public organisations realizing successful innovations in ICT. It has a track-record in many international and national projects and in standardisation activities. TNO ICT is the former KPN Research, which was founded over 50 years ago. In January 2003 this laboratory was merged into TNO, keeping its role as the strategic innovation partner of KPN for ICT research and development. 

Turk Telekom is the Europe’s 5th and the world’s 13th largest fixed telephone operator with its strong substructure, its increasing and diversifying value-added services, its capacity to rapidly reflect the continuously changing and developing technological opportunities on its services, its more than 30 thousand employees, its branch network of ten thousands, its business partners and service providers. This institution of Turkey is the single example in the world which provides fixed telephone, mobile telephone, data and internet services altogether to its customers.

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest of the Spanish Technical Universities. UPM has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation. The  UPM has more than 200 Research Units and several Research Institutes and Technological Centres in many areas. The research Group for Applications of Signal Processing (GAPS) belongs to the Polytechnic University of Madrid, as part of the Signal, Systems and Radiocommunication Department. The faculty members of the group teach at the Telecommunications School of the University. The group consists of seven professors and several (6-10) graduate students. 

UpZide is an early-stage Swedish company and a spin-off from Telia Research. It was founded in 2001 by a group of people that were instrumental in the innovation and development of the Zipper DMT technology, a concept that now is named VDSL DMT that have been selected for short range communication over copper in IEEE EFM and for the North American VDSL standard. UpZide is a technology provider with the mission to develop future generations of wireline broadband communication systems. UpZide targets in particular the area of system know-how. With a team of world-class DSL engineers UpZide provides extensive experience in copper network environments, advanced signal processing and algorithm design, design of runtime software, and definition of system architectures.





VINNOVA Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems

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MINETUR Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism


FEDER  Trabajo desarrollado en el proyecto "4GBB" (TSI-020400-2011-35) cofinanciado por el MINETUR, dentro del Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica 2008-2011. Cofinanciado por el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER).


Withdrawn Partners

Actelis Networks Inc. is a leading supplier of Ethernet over Copper solutions for business customers. Actelis Networks Inc. is a private company founded in 1998 with offices in Fremont, CA (HQ, Parent company), with a wholly owned subsidiary Actelis Networks Ltd. in Israel (R&D Center). Actelis is backed by tier-one partners and investors such as Carlyle, Innovacom (VC branch of France Telecom), Walden International, NEA, Vertex, ATA and Dupont.


EPFL is one of the two Ecoles Polytechniques fédérales in Switzerland. Like its sister institution, ETHZ, it has three missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. Associated with several specialised research institutes, the two EPFs form the EPF domain, which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Home Affairs.


Robotiker-tecnalia. The ROBOTIKER Technology Centre is a private, non-profit foundation, located in Zamudio and Madrid (Spain) whose purpose is to contribute actively to Sustainable Development in Society through Technological Innovation and Improvement, seeking a balance between technological potential, efficient business management and utility. ROBOTIKER, founded in 1985, is a dynamic organisation, which stands at the forefront of Technological Development and is committed to the highest standards of quality, efficiency and customer service. 


SIDSA is a provider of semiconductors and equipment for Digital TV broadcast and reception. The company portfolio includes demodulator Integrated Circuit for mobile and digital terrestrial TV, Broadcast platforms and conditional access devices. SIDSA’s key differentiators are its technology for Digital TV Sytem-On-Chip design and its understanding of complete end-to-end Digital TV Systems. This allows the company to deliver products that perfectly fill the needs of operators, mobile phone manufacturers and consumer electronics companies.


IDCOM, University of Edinburgh (UoE) is a group of 10 academics with a speciality in Digital Communications, full details can be found at http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/research/IDCOM.