Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Project: Optical Networks: Towards Bandwidth Manageability and Cost efficiency

Acronym: E-Photon I
Main Objective:
The proposed Network of Excellence (NoE) aims at integrating and focusing the rich know-how available
in Europe on optical communication and networks, both in universities and in research centres of major
telecom manufacturers and operators. The set of available expertises ranges from optical technologies, to
networking devices, to network architectures and protocols, to the new services fostered by photonic
technologies. The NoE will contribute to the Strategic Objective “Broadband for All”, with a particular
focus (quoting from the EC IST 2003-2004 Workprogramme at page 15) on “low cost access equipment”,
on “new concepts for network management, control and protocols”, and on “increasing bandwidth capacity
in the access network as well in the underlying optical core/metro network (including in particular optical
burst and packet switching)”.
The main technical focus of the NoE is to show which are the potential advantages of optical technologies
in telecommunication networks with respect to electronic technologies. A strong integration among the
participants to the NoE will favour a consensus on the engineering choices towards the deployment of costeffective
optical technologies in networking that will support the future Internet, hopefully providing inputs
to the standardization bodies and guidelines to the operators, as well as competitive advantages to European
telecom equipment manufacturers.
Integration will be pursued primarily by establishing long-term collaborations among partners in terms of
research, of infrastructures sharing, and of education and training. The main instruments to achieve these
long- lasting collaborations are the regular exchange of researchers between partners, and the development
of joint teaching programs and events.
Dissemination will be pursued by means of coordinated publication activities, offerings of training
programs, organization of technical events, and interactions with other consortia in the same technical area.
Research activities will mainly be carried out in research programs external to the NoE, both at the national
and at the European levels. Well focused technical research programs will be activated internally to the
Reference: FP6-001933
Funding: EU/FP6
Start Date: 01-03-2004
End Date: 01-03-2006
Team: Antonio Luis Jesus Teixeira, José Rodrigues Ferreira da Rocha, Paulo Sergio de Brito Andre, Adolfo da Visitação Tregeira Cartaxo, João José de Oliveira Pires
Groups: Optical Communication Systems and Networking – Av, Optical Communication Systems and Networking – Co, Optical Communication Systems and Networking – Lx
Partners: 40 partners
Local Coordinator: Antonio Luis Jesus Teixeira
Links: Internal Page
Associated Publications