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SANSA - Shared Access terrestrial - Satellite Backhaul Network enabled by Smart Antennas

Principal investigators: Prof. Björn Ottersten / Dr. Symeon Chatzinotas
Partners: AIT(GR), Fraunhofer IIS (DE), CTTC (ES) ,Thales Alenia Space (ES),VIASAT ( CH), AVANTI (UK)
Funding: H2020 ICT 6 2014
Researchers: Dr. Sina Maleki, Dr. Tsinos Christos, Dr Eva Lagunas

About the Project

SANSA, Shared Access terrestrial-satellite backhaul Network enabled by Smart Antennas, is an European Commission Horizon 2020 project funded under the ICT Call 6 “Smart optical and wireless network technologies”.
The aim of SANSA project is to improve the capacity, resilience, and coverage of mobile backhaul networks while maximizing, at the same time, their spectral and energy efficiency, in order to meet the Digital Agenda 2020 for European Union growth requirements. In particular, the specific objective of SANSA are:

• To increase the mobile backhaul networks capacity in view of the predicted traffic demands
• To drastically improve backhaul network resilience against link failures and congestion
• To facilitate the deployment of mobile networks both in low and highly populated areas
• To improve the spectrum efficiency in the extended Ka band for backhaul operations
• To reduce the energy consumption of mobile backhaul networks
• To strengthen European terrestrial and satellite operators market and their related industries


Project Partners

  • Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) – Spain
  • Thales Alenia Space España (TAS) – Spain
  • University of Luxembourg (ULUX) – Luxembourg
  • Athens Information Technology (AIT) – Greece
  • Avanti Communications Group plc (AVA) – UK
  • Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA (OTE) – Greece
  • Fraunhofer IIS (FRA) – Germany
  • Viasat (VIA) – Switzerland

UniLu Research Team

Relevant Links

  • CoRaSat - Cognitive Radio for Satellite Communications
  • SeMiGod - Spectrum Management and Interference Mitigation in Cognitive Radio Satellite Networks, FNR
  • CO2SAT – Cooperative and Cognitive Architectures for Satellite Networks


Dr Symeon Chatzinotas, Research Scientist