Competence CenterNetwork & Mobility
ContactDr.,Ph.D. Fikret Sivrikaya,  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sahin Albayrak


ULOOP is an EU FP7 project, funded within ICT Call 5, and will run through September 2010 - August 2013. The project aims to explore the potential of having a wireless local-loop based upon a user-centric (community) model extending the reach of a high debit, multi-access broadband backbone from different perspectives: technical and business models, as well as the impact on telecommunications market and legislation. The main motivation for the ULOOP project relates to the need to assist an autonomic deployment of user-centric local loops. Such support is provided in ULOOP by developing software functionality that sustains a robust, secure, and autonomic network growth in a user-friendly way, thus becoming the basis for generating new services, and consequently new business models for current access and Internet stakeholders.

ULOOP envisions increasing the potential of the Internet by devising communication and networking technologies which support:

  • The creation of techno-social communities, providing a combination of information, communication and human elements, by relying on adequate modeling of trust associations and trust levels.
  • Cost reduction for extending local loops, by relying on communication opportunities (e.g. sharing of Internet access and relaying resources) provided by end-users in cooperation with access operators.
  • New services provided by communities as well as new business models for end-users and access operators (following an analysis of the expected impact on telecommunications markets and legislation).
  • An increase in spectrum and energy efficiency in managing wireless communications.

ULOOP will explore and design the fundamental units to allow user-centric wireless (Wi-Fi) local loops to form and to develop in an autonomic and user-friendly manner. User-centric refers to a community model which extends the reach of a high rate, multi-access broadband backbone by means of communication opportunities provided by end-users, based upon cooperation incentives. Such incentives may relate to an individual or a community of individuals, as well as to access stakeholders. Moreover, user-centricity can be discussed from two different perspectives. Firstly, the user is in power of assisting the network in terms not only of its deployment, but also of its proliferation. Secondly, services to be provided by the end-user are assisted by an access infrastructure that is engineered towards assisting the user in terms of Quality of Experience (QoE).