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 focuses its activities on the definition and the impact of the network technologies and strategies, especially of the mobile communications, in the society of knowledge. Therefore, from the technological point of view, the group's research is deployed around security aspects and Quality of Service issues on wireless communications, the design and planification of network and mobile protocols, alternative models of telecommunication operators, etc. This research is completed with the analysis of these technologies impact on the society and the evaluation of regulatory policies of telecommunication services.
The research group acknowledges the multidisciplinar nature of today's communications by addressing the technical as well as the sociological, economic and policy aspects of the knowledge society. Hence, the 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:
- Security aspects and Quality of Service issues on wireless communications
- The design and analysis of network and mobile protocols
- The merging of mobile and fixed networks
- Alternative models for telecommunication operators
- VoIP architectures
- Information Technology Diffusion
- Peer-to-peer Networks
This research is completed with the analysis of the impact of these technologies upon society and the evaluation of regulatory and telecommunication policies.
The group was established in 2004 by its current director, Dr. Miquel Oliver. It was soon acknowledged as a quality emergent R&D (since 2005) and later on as a consolidated group (since 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.