Canada Research Chair in Broadband Access Communications
Tier 1 - 2007-07-01
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Developing ways for broadband communications to share resources, such as the telecommunications spectrum, rather than compete for them.
Improving performance and capacity of broadband access communications systems.
Sharing the Broadband Means More for Everybody
As more Canadians use multimedia communications, we are demanding more and better broadband access. However, the spectrum (the range of frequencies available for everything from cell phones to radio stations) is only so broad. And the channels themselves are quite complex. All these devices are sharing the same spectrum and the same resources.
But what if, instead of competing for resources, users of these devices could work together to help each other transmit data, sharing resources to get broader coverage and more open channels? By doing that, you wouldn’t need to use large power transmitters, more data could move through the system, and the resources would be used better.
Dr. Tho Le-Ngoc, Canada Research Chair in Broadband Access Communications, is working to develop just such a system. His research program could lead to important breakthroughs in the design and implementation of future broadband access communications systems.