Have a look at what the OASE project has been up to
February 2013

The OASE Project Comes to a Successful Close

The European Integrated Project OASE during its three years (2010-2012) of existence has examined Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) in a multi-disciplinary study by a consortium composed of major operators, industrial leaders in FTTH technologies, and European universities and research centres.
Requirements for next-generation access (NGOA) were first defined, observing end-user behaviour, analysing traffic patterns and service requirements, keeping into account regulation and the EC digital agenda, and examining business models constraints. The most promising technological solutions were then selected, further developed, and evaluated in detail against those requirements. Moreover, the combination of those technological solutions with different business models was analysed, as well as their impact on FTTH deployment cost, profitability, end user benefit, FTTH penetration and take-up.

OASE 2012 Activities

OASE has been a part of several workshops. Interesting and relevant information was gathered as well as shared. Here is a summary on each of them.

OASE in ECOC 2012 (September 16th)

1. FTTH and Open Access Networks Workshop.
Acreo, together with Dutch vendor Genexis and Belgian research institute IBBT (currently being renamed iMinds) organised a highly successful workshop on FTTH and open access networks, workshop was this year’s edition of ECOC in Amsterdam.

The workshop highlighted technical, regulatory and business challenges currently facing FTTH and open networks, by confronting the viewpoints of incumbent and alternative network operators, service and application providers, vendors, researchers and investors.

The list of presenters included Crister Mattsson of Acreo Stefan Murry from the WDM PON Forum, Francesco Testa from Ericsson, Gerlas van den Hoven from Genexis, Thomas Monath from Deutsche Telekom, Anders Broberg from Stokab, Seth Ryding from Telenor’s Open Universe, Felipe Trevisan from Rede Aberta BRAsileira (REABRA), and German equity analyst Thomas Langer.
After the inspiring and very interactive presentations, a panel session with all the presenters, and session chairs Marco Forzati, Bart Lannoo and Bas Huiszoon was held. The lively discussion covered topics on the roles of network owners, operators and service providers, also technology choices, and how open networks represent an opportunity for system vendors in terms of a larger market being made available.

2. Next Generation Optical and Converged Access Networks Workshop
It was organized by Christoph Lange, Dirk Breuer and Erik Weis of Deutsche Telekom.

The workshop provided insights in the main trends in optical access networks, also including fixed-wireless and fibre-copper convergence aspects. From architecture, systems and technology point of view the workshop was devoted to next generation access networks with emphasis on the longer-term topics. Technical and economical drivers for access network evolution were discussed: Future evolution scenarios were elaborated on and possible research directions and future access network paradigms were outlined, motivated and discussed by expert speakers from the industry, standardization and academia.


Municipal Fiber Networks Workshop in Ghent

OASE project member, iMinds (previously known as IBBT), organized the 2nd Workshop Municipal Fiber Networks (see event page) in Ghent city hall, Ghent, Belgium, November 15th 2012.
The following topics were discussed:

1. FTTH in Practice

During this session several subjects were discussed, such as the socioeconomic aspect of broadband and its role within the public sector, as well as transformational digital infrastructure. Business model of HSLNet: cooperative FTTH project in Heeze-Leende was presented. The last subject of this session was on how to operate a municipal network efficiently in the most commercial and economical way using the municipality of Karlstad, Sweden as an example.

2. The Role of Public Actors in the Rollout of FTTH

The focal subject during this session was the European initiative to reduce the costs for rolling out high-speed internet across Europe.
Wolf-Dietrich Grussmann from the Regulatory Framework Unit, European Commission emphasized that a lot of member states have significant room for improvement when it comes to NGA networks. Measures therefore need to be taken to ensure investments in fast and ultra-fast internet access:
- Increasing regulatory certainty and consistency across Europe
- Stimulating demand for high bandwidths
- Providing for sufficient spectrum
- Facilitating financing
- Lowering deployment costs

A consultation from different stakeholders led to the following requirements:

2.1. Making a better use of existing infrastructure, including across utilities.
A large cost reduction could be achieved by reusing part of the existing passive infrastructure, of the existing ducts, both from telecom networks and other utility infrastructures.

2.2. Enhancing transparency and coordination of civil engineering works.
By clearly and timely announcing planned civil engineering works, operators could coordinate their civil works and lay new ducts or other infrastructure when public works are undertaken.

2.3. Handling requests to rollout networks in a more efficient and transparent way.
Raising awareness and coordination among authorities involved in permit granting, creating a centralised information access point concerning permits and a one-stop-shop for all the necessary permits, will facilitate the possible coordination of different operators and utility networks.

2.4. Ensuring ready for NGA access buildings.
Providing clear guidelines to house owners, as well as open access to the necessary equipment will allow to make new buildings (or renovated building) to be NGA ready.

3. Breaking Out Sessions

3.1. Dimensioning of Access Network Infrastructure

A demo and a report by Comsof demonstrated the topology of an optimal FTTH rollout in a P2P architecture for the city of Ghent, as calculated by the FiberPlanIT platform. The visualization of this fibre topology was performed by the GeoMajas platform.

3.2. In-building Network Infrastructures
A demo by TE Connectivity and a report by Koen Casier exhibited during the breakout of the in-building network infrastructure calculations showed how the calculations of an in-building network could be tackled in a hierarchical manner.

3.3 Techno Economic Software Suite
In the Techno Economic Software Suite (TESS) demo and report by Mathieu Tahon and Marlies Van der Wee, an overview of the building blocks of the model was given. The software suite performs a complete techno-economic analysis of the deployment of a fibre access network.

3.4. FTTH Adoption Potential
A demo and report by Constantijn Seys and Simon Evenepoel presented the adoption forecasting methodology by means of a Prezi slideshowwhich focused on the what, why and how of their methodology as well as on the obtained results.

3.5. Public Private Partnerships
Demo and report by Olivier Braet of the TERRAIN partners looked into business models and the applicability of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for FTTH deployment. A PPP is a form of partnership between public authorities and private companies to share a common risk with the aim of executing a project that benefits the public as a whole.

 About OASE 

Optical Access Seamless Evolution (OASE) is an Integrated Project, which started on the 1st of January, 2010 and currently is in its 3rd and last year of activity. It is funded by the European Commission through the 7th ICT-Framework Program (FP7). The project was created to assist the development of the next-generation optical access (NGOA) network, spanning up to 100km and serving Gbit/s services for up to 1000 customers per feeder. OASE tackles technical, economic, regulatory, environmental and business aspects to ensure a seamless transition towards NGOA, while focusing on European requirements for the “2020” goal.
Extensive work has been done through intensive collaboration between partners, which will be presented at the ONDM 2013 conference.

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ONDM 2013

The 17th International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling ONDM 2013 will be held at Telecom Bretagne, Brest, France on April 16-19, 2013.

The OASE closing workshop entitled "Optical Acess Seamless Evolution (ICT-OASE) Experience, Results, Lessons Learned" will take place during this conference on the 17th of April. Results of the OASE project will be presented and future directions will be discussed.

See below for a quick look at the agenda:

Session 1 

About OASE (5 min)
Dirk Breuer (Deutsche Telekom), project lead

Requirements for next generation Optical Access (10 min + 5 min questions)
Erik Weiss  (Deutsche Telekom, Germany)

The OASE technological solutions: system aspects (15 min + 5 min questions)
Björn Skubic (Ericsson, Sweden)

The OASE technological solutions: architectures (15 min + 5 min questions)
Lena Wosinska (KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

The OASE technological solutions: demonstration (15 min + 5 min questions)
Klaus Grobe (ADVA, Germany)

Coffee break


Session 2

Cost Analysis of the OASE technical solutions (15 min + 5 min questions)
Carmen Mas (TUM – Technical University of Munich, Germany)

The OASE solutions in different business models (15 min + 5 min questions)
Sofie Verbrugge (IBBT/iMinds, Belgium)

Lessons learned and future directions (15 min + 5 min questions)
Dirk Breuer (Deutsche Telekom), project lead

Leveraging the OASE legacy: The Combo Project (15 min + 5 min questions)
Stephane Gosselin (a key player from the FP7 project Combo, which just started) 

See the conference website

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