NeTS Research Group

The Network Technologies and Strategies research group (NeTS) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, part of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies,is a multidisciplinary research group focused on network technologies and their impact on society. It is active in the fields of wireless networks (including wireless LAN, wireless mesh networks and wireless sensor networks), network sustainability models, regulation, measurements, and networked applications.

The research group acknowledges the multidisciplinary nature of today's communications by addressing the technical as well as the social, economic and policy aspects of the knowledge society. Since ubiquitous and transparent network access and usage, both by end users as well as devices, is a defining aspect of modern communication, the research group focuses its activities on the definition and the analysis of network technologies and strategies, especially in the area of mobile communications.

Therefore, from the technological point of view, the group's research revolves around the following topics, among others:

  • Quality of Service issues in wireless communications
  • Design and analysis of network and mobile protocols
  • Merging of mobile and fixed networks
  • VoIP architectures
  • Information Technology Diffusion
  • Peer-to-peer Networks

From a strategies point of view, the group’s expertise lies in the following areas:

  • Alternative models for telecommunication operators

The group was established in 2004 by its current director, Dr. Miquel Oliver. It was soon acknowledged as a quality emergent R&D (2005) and later on as a consolidated group (2009). From 2010 it is member of the TECNIO network, composed by research centres and groups with a predominant role of the transfer of knowledge to the industry and society.

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