FP7 Projects


The COMBO project works in collaboration with other FP7 projects.
Especially, COMBO works with the following projects:



FP7 Integrated Project (IP) DISCUS

The project goal is to exploit demonstrated technology and concepts needed to define and develop a new radical architectural concept that can enable an integrated wireless and FTTP future network which addresses the economic, energy consumption, capacity scaling, evolutionary, regulatory and service demand challenges arising from an FTTP enabled future.



DISCUS will analyse, design, and demonstrate a complete end-to-end architecture and technologies for an economically viable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable future-proof optical network. It will provide a revolution in communications networks applicable across Europe and the wider world exploiting to the full the opportunity offered by LR-PONS and flat optical core networks to produce a simplified and evolvable architecture which will be the foundation for communications for the long term future. The architecture will be ultra energy efficient, simple to operate, robust to new technology introduction and providing universal availability of bandwidth and features regardless of geographic location. This ideal is obtained by a clean-slate approach to the architectural design by universal application of optical technologies throughout the fixed network eliminating traditional demarcations of metro, regional, core and access. Thus our essential concept is to use advanced optical technologies throughout giving rise to economies of scale and allowing bandwidths and flexibility hitherto unimaginable.


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FP7 Integrated Project (IP) METIS


The main objective of METIS is to lay the foundation for, and to generate a European consensus on the future global mobile and wireless communications system. METIS will provide valuable and timely contributions to pre-standardisation and regulation processes, and ensure European leadership in mobile and wireless communications.



The overall technical objective of the METIS project is to develop a concept for the future mobile and wireless communications system that supports the connected information society by combining the results of the following technical objectives.

METIS will provide fundamentally new solutions which fit the needs beyond 2020. Research will be conducted on network topologies, radio links, multi-node, and spectrum usage techniques. Horizontal topics will be used to integrate the research results into a system concept that provides the necessary flexibility, versatility and scalability at a low cost.


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FP7 Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) CONTENT

CONTENT will focus on developing a next generation ubiquitous converged network infrastructure to support the network of the future. The infrastructure model proposed will be based on the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) paradigm and will aim at providing a technology platform interconnecting geographically distributed computational resources that can support a variety of Cloud and mobile Cloud services.


The connectivity required between mobile and/or fixed end-users and the IT resources will be provided by an advanced multi-technology network infrastructure, where computational resources are shared and accessed remotely on an on-demand basis in accordance to the cloud computing paradigm.


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FP7 Network of Excellence Project (NoE) TREND

TREND is a Network of Excellence, coordinated by Politecnico di Torino, funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme.


TREND aims at integrating the activities of major European players in networking, including manufacturers, operators, research centers, to quantitatively assess the energy demand of current and future telecom infrastructures, and to design energy-efficient, scalable and sustainable future networks.


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FP7 Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) SODALES

The SOftware-Defined Access using Low-Energy Subsystems (SODALES) project aims to develop a novel wireless access interconnection service that offers transparent transport services (syncE based) for fixed and mobile subscribers to support 10Gbps fixed access and LTE and beyond radio technologies on a convergent network architecture.



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FP7 Integrated Project (IP) UNIFY

Unifying Cloud and Carrier Networks


UNIFY will open up the potential of virtualization and automation across the whole networking and cloud infrastructure. In theirr focus are enablers of a unified production environment. They will develop an automated, dynamic service creation platform, leveraging a fine-granular service chaining architecture. Unify will create a service abstraction model and a proper service creation language to enable dynamic and automatic placement of networking, computing and storage components across the infrastructure. They will develop a global orchestrator with optimization algorithms to ensure optimal placement of elementary service components across the infrastructure.


They will research and develop new management technologies (Service Provider DevOps), able to cope with the increased dynamicity and agility of the unified production environment. Unify will investigate the applicability of a universal network node based on commodity hardware to support both network functions and traditional data centre workloads.


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FP7 Integrated Project (IP) OASE

The aim of the OASE project is the assessment and development of next-generation optical access (NG-OA) network architectures and systems concepts for the “2020” timeframe, focusing particularly on European requirements. The OASE project will examine FTTH solutions based on four multidisciplinary approaches: regulatory, technical and financial aspects, and business models.


OASE will achieve the following objectives:
• Study current and future requirements for NG-OA networks from economic, business, operational and regulatory Europe-centric perspectives,
• Identify possible network architectures, and employ a set of energy-efficiency metrics and models to analyse their suitability, as well as assess the most appropriate migration strategies,
• Identify network technologies that may be employed by using relevant cost and technical factors,
• Examine the interactions between businesses in an “open network” marketplace by studying how increased convergence may offer new value chains and business opportunities,
• Validate the findings of the comparative merits for the identified network architectures and technologies in a controlled environment via experimental testing.


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The FP7 STREP Project ACCORDANCE addresses the above requirements and a variety of ICT objectives for the Network of the Future by proposing a breakthrough architecture which allows for seamless ubiquitous broadband services. This is achieved by integrating wired (optical and copper) and wireless, fixed and mobile technologies in a hybrid access network.


The use of state-of-the-art optical OFDM technology helps in overcoming the limitations of segmentation between access and metro by extending the network reach due to its improved transmission properties, while it also paves the way for lower cost optical access, as high data rates can be achieved using relatively low bandwidth equipment at the user premises. The simultaneous use of FDM multiplexing, apart from giving the opportunity for dynamic wavelength allocation, also provides ultra high capacities in the optical access network (up to 100 Gbps aggregate) and facilitates multioperator support. The centralized network control plane of ACCORDANCE (whereby one central office manages at the same time several access network segments and diverse technologies) will also enable more efficient handling of wireless network resources.  Finally, ACCORDANCE addresses the need for energy-efficiency by drastically decreasing the number of central offices in the network as well as by relying on an essentially passive optical infrastructure.


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