Maintenance and deployment of optical and in-home networks

Project H-OPTO
Project Key Information

Project Status: set-up

Start Date: December 2016

End Date: March 2020

Budget (total): 4376 K€

Effort:  33.6 PY

Project-ID: C2016/2-7

Project Coordinator

Name: Pernilla Schuber

Company: Lund University

Country: Sweden

E-mail: pernilla.schuber(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Project Consortium

Ericsson AB (EAB), Sweden

Lund University, Sweden

Skanova Access AB, Sweden

Nexans Sweden AB, Sweden

MIC Nordic AB, Sweden


GPONDoctor Scoop, Spain

Marvell Hispania S.L., Spain

Ericsson Eesti AS, Estland

Ericsson Polska, Poland

Netia SA, Poland

West Pomeranian University od Technology Szczecin, Poland

Fibrain, Poland

Turkcell Tecknoloji, Turkey

Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden


After a slow build-up over many decades, a few European countries now have more broadband subscriptions over fibre than over copper.  After decades of focus on deployment: “we should get a fibre network”, it is now time for a complementary point of view: “we have a fibre network and it will need maintenance”. Previous CELTIC (and its forerunners) projects including: INCA, MIDAS, BANITS, BANITS2, 4GBB, HFCC/ and GOLD journeyed from 2001 to the present creating DSL technologies which maximize the existing infrastructure value and which economize the operations and maintenance of copper networks.  This has provided the foundation for a competitive and ICT heavy Europe.  Using the innovation platform methodology of the CELTIC GOLD project, we will now undertake to create knowledge and innovation around optical broadband networks and economize their operations, maintenance and deployment.

This project is focused on cost and industrial requirements with the ambition to stay ahead of industry’s need for practical knowledge.  Although optical broadband access networks are yet far from ubiquitous, they are rapidly increasing in numbers. We intend to focus upon the more advanced nations e.g. Sweden and Estonia, in order to capture their experiences and data.

The project will also investigate the role of radio technologies to bridge the gap from the curb to the home as well as in the home. An additional outcome of this project will be the creation of a knowledge base concerning the deployment and operational costs of optical access networks. One of the main obstacles to increasing the number of optical access networks is their high cost of deployment, and the lack of insight about where the major cost contributors are. Clearer guidelines on cost factors will aid deployment and operational cost modelling estimates, which will help in the overall deployment decision process.

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