Forum Nokia Innovation Network: Focus Area Cooperative Mobile Networks

This focus area is looking into cooperative networking among mobile devices. The idea is to break up the purely cellular concept and enrich it by wireless grids achieving higher data rate, better energy efficiency and new services. Furthermore, the mobile peer to peer network, is offering inherently the possibility to build up mobile social networks.

In the figure below cooperation among mobile phones within close proximity operating in a cellular environment is advocated. In contrast to purely cellular systems, where the mobile phones are only connected to the base station, in cooperative mobile networks, the mobile device, in addition to the cellular communication, will establish short range links to neighboring mobile devices within its proximity.

One main goal is to implement cooperative services to show the strength and feasibility of cooperative mobile networking.




  • Application design for mobile peer to peer networks
  • Network Coding
  • Energy efficient mobile communication
  • Social aspects for cooperative networking
  • Business cases for cooperation
  • Self-Organization among cooperative mobile phones/sensors/RFIDs
  • Nature inspired principles to stimulate the cooperation
  • Security for cooperative devices


The objectives of this focus are manifold.

  • In the beginning measurements to understand the potential for cooperative mobile communication has to be carried out in addition to those that exist already.
  • The social aspect in cooperation has to be investigated in terms of trust and security.
  • To show the potential of cooperation and to increase the acceptance of cooperative services, mobile applications on commercially available mobile phones are implemented and demonstrated at the upcoming events NIN is participating in. 
  • For efficient cooperative communication, novel concepts such as network coding are implemented and tested in respect to the overall applicability and potential energy savings. After successful testing, new application will be launched to support cooperation.
  • As the benefits for the user are evident, business cases for the network and service operator are derived also.   

Focus Area Team

Focus Area Leader
Focus Area Member
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hassan Charaf
  • EVTEK University of Applied Science, Joergen Eriksson
  • TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tony Torp and Jari Mikkolainen
  • San Diego State University SDSU Ozturk Yusuf
  • University of California, San Diego, Blair Paul
  • Federal University of Campina Grande, Angelo Perkusich

Keynote Slides - Forum Nokia Innovation Seminar - May 2008




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  • F.H.P. Fitzek and M. Katz. Cognitive Wireless Networks: Concepts, Methodologies and Visions Inspiring the Age of Enlightenment of Wireless Communications. 2007. Springer.
  • F.H.P. Fitzek and F. Reichert. Mobile Phone Programming and its Application to Wireless Networking. 2007. Springer.
  • F.H.P. Fitzek and M. Katz. Cooperation in Wireless Networks: Principles and Applications -- Real Egoistic Behavior is to Cooperate!. 2006. Springer.

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