Special Session 2

Toward 300 GHz wireless networks, challenges and opportunities

  • Date and room to be defined
  • Session Chair: Claudio Paoloni (Lancaster University, UK), Valerio Frascolla (Intel, Germany)


The recent news of the 100Gbps at 300 GHz obtained by a group of Japanese researchers, confirms the feasibility of ultra high capacity wireless networks. However, this is only the first step in the development of millimetre wave wireless networks. The high atmosphere attenuation and the promising, but not fully mature, electronics at these frequencies, require the definition of novel scenario for the full exploitation of the potentiality of tens of Gbps data rate. The need of accurate propagation and channel models, the integration of components with tight tolerances, the impairments due to the need of Line of Sight are important aspects to be investigated for the future deployment of “above 100 GHz” wireless networks. On the other hand, the small foot print due to the wavelength, the capacity at fiber level, and the new distribution modality, such as the LiFi, could transform the future wireless architectures and compete with the fiber. The integration between LiFi and the high capacity millimetre networks would be also a breakthrough in the delivery of internet indoor at an unprecedented data rate. The purpose of the special session is to give an overview of the state of the art of wireless systems above 100 GHz and discuss the challenges and the opportunities that this portion of the spectrum will offer, with the contribution of industry, operators and academia. The creation of a platform of knowledge is a first step for a future exploitation of the most interesting region of the spectrum to support the huge increase of capacity, predicted in the next future.