Partnership unleashes high wireless performance at CKHS and Riddell Centre

By Everett Dorma Posted: January 8, 2016 4:25 p.m.

(L-R) Dr. Raman Paranjape, PhD. student Diego Castro-Hernandez and Dr. Esam Hussein, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the U of R - SaskTel Het Net announcement
(L-R) Dr. Raman Paranjape, PhD. student Diego Castro-Hernandez and Dr. Esam Hussein, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the U of R - SaskTel Het Net announcement Photo: U of R Photography

An innovative partnership between the U of R, SaskTel and Huawei Technologies (Canada) has turned the University into a giant laboratory that is providing a real world test site of next generation wireless technology.

Dr. Raman Paranjape, a professor of Electronic Systems Engineering (ESE) worked with SaskTel to develop the project and led the team of graduate students involved in its implementation.

ESE graduate student Diego Castro-Hernandez speaking at the Het Net news conference
(L-R seated) Mr. Gary Boyes, Huawei Canada, Dr. Raman Paranjape, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, U of R, Mr. Ron Styles, President and CEO, SaskTel, Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, U of R, Mr. Gene Makowsky, MLA Regina Dewdney, and (standing) ESE graduate student Mr. Diego Castro-Hernandez.

“These students worked hand in hand with SaskTel’s technical experts to design, deploy, optimize, support and test the system and have gained valuable real world experience working with some of the most cutting edge, next generation wireless technology available,” said Dr. Paranjape.  “In addition to supporting the development of these students, the project benefitted the entire campus by improving our wireless technology infrastructure.”

The technology manufactured by Huawei Technologies, which is known as HetNet (heterogeneous networks), works like a series of miniature cell towers to receive and transmit radio frequencies providing a robust and reliable wireless service. Although the technology has been commercially deployed in some other countries this is the first time the Huawei Lampsite technology has been commercially deployed in Canada.

The technology allows for much greater wireless capacity on campus, including where signals have been known to fade or disappear. That will no longer be the case.

Electronic Systems Engineering PhD. student Diego Castro-Hernandez, who is working on the project says, “This has been a tremendous opportunity to not only work with the latest in next generation wireless technology but also with the SaskTel employees who have generously shared their knowledge and expertise with us.”

For more information on the U of R’s Electronic Systems Engineering program visit the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science ESE website.