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Wireless and optical network research problems are often treated in isolation of each other. Current wireless trends (cell densification, coordinated communication, massive MIMO, millimetre-wave) pose a new set of challenges that require the joint consideration of optical and wireless network architectures. These problems are of direct impact to emerging economies such as Brazil, with highly heterogeneous infrastructure capabilities and demand, as well as to more established markets such as the EU, which aims to regain its leadership in the next generation of telecommunication technologies. FUTEBOL establishes the research infrastructure to address these research challenges and conducts research over this infrastructure.

Brazil and Europe have a long research cooperation tradition in the area of Science & Technology culminating in the signing in 2004 of the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation to advanced experimental facilities in Europe. The Agreement identifies a number of priority areas for future cooperation including ICT. EU-Brazil research cooperation in the area of ICT has been developing since the launch of the first coordinated call in 2011 and addresses a number of topics dealing with Future Internet, micro-electronics and micro-systems, cloud computing, technologies and applications for a smarter society and e-infrastructures. It is supported by an EU-Brazil Dialogue on Information Society with specific working groups in some areas addressing not only research and innovation matters but also ICT policy and regulatory aspects. EU-Brazil research cooperation in the area of ICT, including cloud computing, is also regarded as having a crucial strategic value and high societal impact. The current call further realizes some of the objectives of the cooperation agreement by focusing on Advanced Cyber Infrastructure including Experimental Platforms federating network resources in Brazil and Europe building on FIRE (Future Internet) developments. Joint work on the areas above is expected to be continued in the work-programme 2016-17 of Horizon 2020.

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