The Latest News from the COMBO project, as well as from other relevant projects/events




30.09.2016 COMBO End Survey on connectivity preferences


The COMBO project has officially ended! We have created an end survey for our stakeholders, from which we would like to gather the views of end users of communication services to identify their preferences, habits or priorities regarding topics analysed in COMBO project.  We thank you in advance for taking a few minutes and filling the survey in English, French or Spanish:




• 12.07.2016 COMBO Demo Results available online


The COMBO Demonstration Results are now available on our website for all to view. Take a look at the slides, as well as the Vimeo linked videos!


Link to Demo Results page




• 01.06.2016 COMBO at Ericsson University Day in Hungary


The Ericsson University Day presents the latest research results of the cooperation between Ericsson R&D Center Hungary and laboratories at various universities with the aim of fostering new joint research programmes. At this event, COMBO partner AITIA has demonstrated how mobile traffic can be offloaded to WiFi interfaces, orchestrated by the network, and highlighted the works achieved in the COMBO project.



• 27.05.2016 COMBO visits Magyar Telekom

COMBO, via its partners AITIA and BME performed a demonstration to the representatives of Magyar Telekom with the intention to initiate new joint R&D activities between BME and Magyar Telekom. An overview of several COMBO topics was given, including Very Tight Coupling / MP-TCP / SCTP, the UAG, uAUT, the User Data Concept and distinction between Users and Subscribers.


• 24.05.2016 - Wavelength Selective WDM-PON offers GPON overlay

COMBO Partner Telnet Redes Inteligentes S. A. published an article in Lightwave Online on its new system - WPONverter+. WPONverter+ formed part of COMBO demo, organized in Lannion on April 28, 2016. 

Article at Lightwave online.




• 11.05.2016 - Fruitful demo event of COMBO European project after 7 weeks of experiments in Lannion


COMBO team at Lannion demo event

COMBO consortium organized a public demo event on 28th April 2016 at the premises of Pôle Images & Réseaux in Lannion, France. Key transport and functional enablers of fixed mobile network integration have been shown in 5 booths in a fully converged environment built around the NG-POP (Next-Generation Point-of-Presence) concept. The demonstration featured improved multi-access user experience enabled by advanced virtualized network functions such as universal authentication, universal data path management and reactive content distribution. Also, distributed and centralized NG-POP scenarios have been illustrated, supported by an integrated wavelength-based optical infrastructure through an 18-km fibre ring around Lannion. This demo event fully reached its technical and dissemination objectives, with fruitful experimental results and about 40 external visitors. The various booths shown at this demo event have also been video-recorded, so as to allow further dissemination of COMBO experimental outcomes and vision on integration of fixed and mobile networks for 5G architecture. Post-processed videos of the demo event will be ready in June 2016.



• 06.04.2016 - COMBO papers presented at OFC2016


Two COMBO papers, led by partners CTTC and Orange were presented at OFC2016:


·         Integrated SDN/NFV Orchestration for the Dynamic Deployment of Mobile Virtual Backhaul Networks over a Multi-layer (Packet/Optical) Aggregation Infrastructure


·         Performance demonstration of fiber and wireless fronthaul combination with remote powering



• 30.03.2016 - SK Telecom's 5G Architecture Design & Implementation Guidelines


Link to the paper



• 08.02.2016 - In conjunction with ICTON - 1st workshop on 5G Transport Networks (5GT)


We are glad to announce Call for Papers for 1st workshop on 5G Transport Networks (5GT)! This workshop is co-sponsored by COMBO.


Download the CfP




• 03.02.2016 - Physical Layer Aspects of NG-PON2 Standards


The Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN) has issued a 2-part invited FSAN paper on Physical Layer Aspects of NG-PON2 Standards. The paper was co-authored by one of the COMBO Consortium Partners (Klaus Grobe, ADVA) and was partly influenced by the COMBO outcomes.

Link to the paper:



• 19.01.2016 - Call for Papers: NV & SDN Europe 2016


Would you like to speak at the 4th Annual Network Virtualization & SDN Europe main event in Madrid on the 1-2 June 2016? As an event endorsed by ETSI and co-hosted by Telefonica, now is your chance to apply to take part, either as a speaker or panellist at the event, and to submit your ideas for inclusion in the agenda.


All speaking and content proposals will need to be submitted by Friday 29 January 2016.



In a new and exciting move for 2016, the Informa Network Virtualization & SDN World show and the IIR Network Virtualization Forum will be merged to form one premier stand-alone show in Madrid. Join them for two days of stimulating presentations, thought provoking panel debates and extensive networking opportunities as they discuss all of the key current issues surrounding SDN & NFV deployments and technologies in 2016.

Featuring dedicated sessions on NFV Infrastructure, MANO, OSS, VNFs, cloud and the datacentre, 5G and the role of virtualization in enterprise services, the 2016 show is not to be missed.

With a focus on evolution and innovation, the show will bring together all of the key players in the ecosystem. If you're interested in reaching out to this market, don't delay in getting in touch to submit your speaking proposal today to

Interested in sponsorship and exhibition opportunities? Please contact



• 10.01.2016 - NetFutures 2016 Announced for 20-21.04.2016


The European Commission, based on the success of Net Futures 2015 and popular demand, announces the Net Futures 2016 Conference for the 20-21st of April, 2016.


" Cloud, 5G, and the Internet of Things are the backbone of the digital economy. This edition will explore how future internet topics can best serve and benefit from the Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy.

"Digital as a Driver for Growth" is crucial. It will be exciting to discover together how standards and interoperability, cloud computing, 5G, the Internet of Things, open service platforms, FIRE facilities and FIWARE technology can push the digital economy to maximum growth.

Innovative minds from Europe and beyond will be invited to speak at the conference and encourage participants into fruitful discussions and exchanges. "


More information about the conference will be published via the @netfuturesEU Twitter feed (#netfutures16 handle). Expect registration to start in January-February 2016.



• 15.11.2015 - COMBO workshop at CTTE 2015


A workshop organized by COMBO on the 10th of November 2015 was held at CTTE (Conference of Telecommunication, Media and Internet Techno-Economics) which is the major international event for the presentation of original and fundamental concepts and studies in the field of telecom, internet and media techno-economics.


The workshop was focused on aspects of new integrated approaches for Fixed / Mobile Converged (FMC) broadband access / aggregation networks. Different presentations from ongoing HORIZON2020 projects on 5GPP were held.


Details can be found here.


In case of further inquiries please contact us.




20.10.2015 - The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective


"90-year book is worth the wait"


Bell Labs research is doing something for the first time in its 90-year history – publishing a book. Hard to believe that the while the 8-time Nobel Prize winning Bell Labs research team has explored the origins of the universe, invented the transistor and the laser, and continuously innovated to create the future of networking and communications, the researchers have never banded together to write a book about how they see that future.


In this book, The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective, Bell Labs President and Alcatel-Lucent CTO Marcus Weldon and his Bell Labs team outline how they see the future and describe the technological revolution that they predict is ahead of us. “We are beginning a new era in networking that will be shaped by the digitization and connection of everything and everyone with the goal of optimizing human decision-making and automating everyday routines and processes,” Marcus said. “The network will be the key driver of this revolution.”


This book provides the fundamental technological context for these changes and the architectural and market shifts that will occur.  It is intended to spark a global dialog about the industry and about our future. It’s a discussion we need to have now, given the magnitude of the transformation we are facing and the unprecedented opportunity and challenges this change may bring.


The book outlines how Bell Labs sees this new technological era unfolding. It identifies the key breakthroughs needed at both the architectural and systems levels, as well the market realignments that will result. 


In short, the digitization of our world will be the driver of change. The enabler will be the "cloud integrated network," which has seemingly infinite capacity and scales from local to global with sustainable economics. And the benefit will be the emergence of automated systems that provide augmented intelligence to any critical analysis task.


Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a major area of change, including

the Internet of Things
the home
the enterprise … and more

You can read chapter 1 of the book for free. And you can order the full book at major retail outlets including Amazon at






• 30.09.2015 - COMBO releases a white paper on the concept of Universal Access Gateway


The Universal Access Gateway is a key concept in Fixed Mobile Convergence vision of the COMBO project. The white paper presents the functional architecture of the UAG and the main challenges that have to be taken on for deploying the UAG in operators’ network.  The main goal of the white paper is (i) introducing the concept to the industry and (ii) triggering discussions for setting the framework for the pre standardization work that is required prior of making the UAG a standard based network node.


The white paper was issued by the COMBO project with the main goal of creating a momentum in the industry  for setting up an ETSI ISG on the UAG concept. The pre standardization work planned in the ISG aims at setting up the floor for the standardization work in 3GPP and BBF.

More information and white paper here.




• 17.09.2015 - COMBO invited talk at ACP 2015

An invited presentation on COMBO findings will be given at Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) to be held in Hong Kong on 19-23 Novemeber 2015 under the title"On the Placement of BBU Hotels in an Optical Access/Aggregation Network for 5G Transport".  The talk discusses the placement of BBU-Hotels over optical access/aggregation networks for 5G backhaul, comparing OTN and Overlay fronthaul solutions. Different capacity and latency constraints lead to non-univocal optimal choices to minimize the number of BBU-Hotels.





• 16.09.2015 - Announcing ICIN 2016 in Paris, 1-3 March 2016



The Call for Papers for the ICIN 2016 conference is available and submissions are open through the EDAS system. Prospective authors are invited to submit review manuscripts.

Since 1989 the ICIN conferences have been bringing together leading internet and telecom experts. ICIN operates on a rigorous peer review process and has an enviable track record of identifying key technology and service trends – and analyzing their impact on business models – before they become widely recognized. The acceptance rate of the 2015 edition was 36% for full papers. Each paper was evaluated by at least 5 reviewers.


ICIN 2016 seeks original and unpublished contributions describing original research and innovation in the following areas:

+ Full paper sessions:
-          Network IT-isation and 5G;

-          Big data insights for networking;

-          Real-time communication platforms and services;

-          Internet of Things.

+ Short paper sessions:
-          Research agenda for 2020-2025;

-          Demo track.

+ Call for panels.

Submissions should be made electronically through EDAS at


More information on


Submission deadline: 15 October 2015

Notification of paper acceptance by: 15 November 2015

Final paper: 15 January 2016


If you have any questions please contact





•05-09.07.2015 - COMBO at ICTON 2015

COMBO presented a joint paper with DISCUS and iJOIN European Projects on 5G optical transport networks.


A paper about 5G optical transport network was presented at ICTON 2015 including part of the results and current work of COMBO, DISCUS and iJOIN European Projects regarding the promising network architectures with the potential to support the transport of 5G services.





•01-04.07.2015 - COMBO participated at IEEE HPSR 2015

COMBO performed several activities at the IEEE HPSR 2015 (from 1st to 4th of July in  Budapest, Hungary).


A tutorial session, led by COMBO partner AITIA International, Inc. (Hungary) entitled “Fixed-mobile Convergence: Architecture and Functionality” was organized. It consisted of 4 subsections („Introduction to fixed-mobile convergence“, „Structural convergence“, „Functional convergence“ and „Summary and look-ahead“) and gave a comprehensice overview of COMBO assumptions and findings playing the role in the design of future-proof converged networks.


Next to tutorial, two demo sessions – one on vertical handovers (performed by AITIA International, Inc. and Budapest University of Technology and Economics ( both from Hungary)  and another on intelligent caching for mobile products, performed by JCP-Connect SAS (France) took place.
Presentation of several papers at the conference by several partners.

Finally, several papers prepared by COMBO partners were presented at the session entitled „Fixed Mobile Convergence: Paving the road towards 5G“ which was chaired by COMBO partner Telecom Bretagne (France).




29.06-02.07.2015 - COMBO at EuCNC 2015

COMBO disseminated several of its results to 2015 European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC), which took place 29 June - 2 July 2015 in Paris, France.

The project partners presented 3 regular papers, 1 workshop paper and 1 poster, of which 4 are joint papers from several COMBO partners:



  • “Shared Cache as a Service in Future Converged Fixed and Mobile Network” presented by JCP-Connect (joint poster)
  • “Universal AAA for hybrid accesses” presented by Orange (regular joint paper)
  • “Unified Network Architecture Integrating Back/Front-hauling with Fixed Access” presented by Orange (workshop joint paper)
  • “The Need for a Control Orchestration Protocol in Research Projects on Optical Networking” presented by CTTC (regular joint paper)
  • “A Complete Fronthaul CWDM Single Fiber Solution including Improved Monitoring Scheme” presented by Orange (regular paper)



•22-26.03.2015 - COMBO actively participates to OFC 2015


World-class optical networking event, Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition took place in Los Angeles from 22nd to 26th March 2015. COMBO project presented here two papers on the project results, including an invited one, and strengthened collaboration with DISCUS project and UC Davis.



OFC 2015 gathered 560 exhibitors, more than 1100 technical presentations and 12375 attendees from around the world. Key trends of the conference were fronthaul technologies, data center optics, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM). COMBO presented here two papers on the project results:

-          “Fixed and Mobile Convergence: Which Role for Optical Networks?” by S. Gosselin et al. (invited paper). This presentation describes two architectural options for improving the level of pooling between fixed and mobile network resources, and how optical networks could foster integration of fixed and mobile infrastructures.
-          “Getting standards ready for Fiber to the Antenna” by P. Chanclou et al. (panel “Optics in Access: Technology and Standards”). This presentation gave an overview of standardization activities related to fronthaul and future work related to fronthaul integration in access networks.

At the exhibition ADVA and Oclaro presented a first prototype of a tunable WDM-PON system using novel low-cost SFP+ modules without embedded wavelength lockers. It was demonstrated that automatic tuning of the optical network unit to the desired frequency slot is feasible, and long-term frequency stability can be achieved by centralized wavelength locking. This wavelength routed WDM-PON system will also be used in the final demonstration activities of COMBO to show integration of fixed and mobile infrastructures in access / aggregation networks.

Also, a collaboration meeting took place between four representatives of COMBO project and three representatives of DISCUS project (The DIStributed Core for unlimited bandwidth supply for all Users and Services). It has shown that the results of both projects are complementary, in particular in terms of proposed network architectures. As DISCUS considers a long reach optical network architecture extending from access to core central offices, COMBO is considering two options fostering integration of fixed and mobile networks, one where access technologies and topologies are pushed into the aggregation segment up to main central offices, and one where aggregation technologies and topologies are pushed down from core central offices into the access segment.


After the conference, a workshop organized at the University of California, Davis, has gathered various researchers with the intent to foster further discussion on future relevant topics in the optical networking field.  M. Tornatore, on behalf of  COMBO, has presented an overview of research activities in the project.


See OFC 2015


•05.03.2015 - COMBO annonces Workshop on convergence of fixed and mobile broadband networks at CTTE'15

The workshop will be open for discussions on techno-economic aspects of new integrated approaches for Fixed / Mobile Converged (FMC) broadband access / aggregation networks.


Especially partners from other FMC related projects are highly welcome to propose possible contributions.




Authors aiming at submitting their work to this workshop, are welcome to do it through the CTTE submission link and selecting the option “The paper suitable for the COMBO workshop “Convergence of fixed and mobile broadband networks.


Important Dates
Full Paper Submission: 30th May 2015
Acceptance Notification: 30th August 2015
Camera ready and Early Registration: 30th September 2015


Authors of selected papers will be invited to extend and submit their work to the special issue of CTTE in Netnomics Journal (Springer)


The COMBO workshop session includes the following presentations:

13:30-15:00 Session 1

  • Title: Project COMBO: view on fixed mobile converged architectures

                    Authors: D. Breuer, E. Weis, S. Gosselin, A. Hamidian , A. Gravey, J. Torrijos

  • Title: Cost Evaluation of Small Cell Backhaul Architectures

             Authors: Dirk Breuer, Deutsche Telekom AG; Sandro Krauss, Deutsche Telekom AG; Frank Geilhardt,                               Deutsche Telekom AG; Erik Weis, Deutsche Telekom AG; Jakob Belschner, Deutsche Telekom AG

  • Title: Performance Analysis of Wavelength-Routed WDM-PON in Mobile x-Haul

            Authors: Francois Verdaguer, ; Carmen Mas Machuca, Technical University of Munich; Klaus Grobe,                               ADVA Optical Networking SE

  • Title: Centralised versus Distributed Radio Access Networks: Wireless integration into Long Reach Passive Optical Networks

        Authors: Christian Raack, atesio GmhH; Roland Wessäly, atesio GmbH; Julio Montalvo Garcia,                                         Telefonica I+D

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Session 2

  • Title: A 5G fronthaul for converged networks

                    Presenter: P. Assimakopoulos

  • Title: 5G-Xhaul Porject- Views on access/aggregation convergence using heterogeneous (optical/wireless) network segments

                    Presenter: E. Schulz

  • Title: Converged 5G Architectures: the case of CHARISMA project

                    Presenter: T. Rokkas

  • Title: Resource management in 5G Transport Networks

                    Presenter: D. Siracusa


To register for the conference, click here.




•04.02.2015 - Call for Papers!

ECOC is the largest conference on optical communication in Europe, and one of the most prestigious and long-standing events in this field worldwide. ECOC 2015 will be the 41st edition, showing the unbroken attractiveness of this conference.





Call for Papers: The conference will address a broad research field, categorised in 7 topic areas. The Technical Programme Committee encourages authors to carefully read the descriptions of 2015.

Potential topics are solicited in the following categories:

1 - Fibres, Fibre Devices and Fibre Amplifiers
2 - Waveguide and Optoelectronic Devices
3 - Digital and Optical Signal Processing
4 - Subsystems for Optical Networking and Datacoms
5 - Point-to-Point Transmission Systems
6 - Core, Metro and Data Center Networks
7 - Access, Local Area and Home Networks


For a list of topics and paper submission instructions, click about submitting your paper.


For any request on ECOC 2015 please contact: 


For more information, visit:





6th plenary meeting of COMBO European project


The 6th plenary meeting of COMBO European project (Convergence of fixed and Mobile BrOadband access/aggregation networks) was hosted by CTTC at Barcelona from 19th to 22nd January 2015, and was attended by about 30 people from the 16 partners of COMBO consortium.

Brainstorming and development work was focused on the following:


  • a universal AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting) for converged subscriber and session management in fixed and mobile networks
  • a universal CCC (Coordinated Convergent Controller) for advanced interface selection and route control
  • Two different options for structural convergence of fixed and mobile access and aggregation networks, one where the access network is pushed into the aggregation segment, and another where the aggregation network is pushed into the access segment. Related to these options, fronthaul and backhaul design strategies were refined and classified.


These architectural developments led to the definition of detailed tables of content for deliverables D3.2 “Analysis of horizontal targets for functional convergence” (due end of April 2015) and D3.3 “Analysis of transport network architectures for structural convergence” (due end of June 2015).

This meeting also allowed to refine eleven test cases for the experimental development work, for which required building blocks were defined as well as related interfaces. The dissemination activities and targets for the first semester of 2015 were defined, the most important ones being OFC, EuCNC, IEEE HPSR, CTTE and ECOC 2015. Standardisation actions and contributions in BBF, 3GPP and ETSI were examined and a proposal for an ETSI Industry Specification Group has finally been built so as to organize and push COMBO concepts towards integration of fixed and mobile networks.





COMBO partner ADVA sponsors best student paper at ECOC 2014!


Following with the ECOC tradition, a best student paper Award will be attributed to a student author, for writing a remarkable paper and making an outstanding presentation at ECOC 2014. The winner will receive a check of 2 000€ and two runners-ups will receive 1 000€.


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AITIA has joined forces with University of Debrecen and Budapest University of Technology and Economics to monitor 100Gb/s connections.


The consortium led by AITIA are heading to overcome obstacles of complex, lossless traffic measurements of high speed Ethernet networks, including 1Gb/s, 10Gb/s, 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s connections. The platform is developed to capture all traffic carried over these high speed links, and prepare it for deep analysis through filtering and high-precision timestamping.


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Deutsche Telecom Works Toward One Network


BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress -- Despite being at Mobile World Congress, Deutsche Telekom is keen to move the attention away from wireless and on to the idea of convergence.


Integrating its wireless and fiber networks is a big goal for the German operator. As such, Claudia Nemat, board member, Europe and technology, says Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) will have eight million IP lines across its footprint in Europe by the end of the year. It has already converted 2.1 million lines in Germany, but aims to convert its entire footprint by 2018.


see full article





FTTH Conference 2014


The 2014 edition of the FTTH Conference was held last week (18-20 February) in Stockholm. Fixed and Mobile Convergence topics were discussed there with one session dedicated to that topics during the first day. The name of the session was "The Mobile and Fibre Convergence – Why FTTH loves Mobile and Mobile needs FTTH" and people from Ericsson, Cisco, Corning and DSM Functional Materials shared their views on that.




-Erik Kruse, Strategic Marketing Manager & Networked Society Evangelist, Ericsson
"Quality of Customer Experience"


-Liz Centoni, VP Service Provider Access Group, Cisco
"Fixed/Mobile Convergence – An Old Idea Getting New Significance"


-William Burnham, Vice President of Marketing, Carrier Networks, Corning
"The Converged Network: Synergies of FTTH and Mobile Access Networks"


-Ad Abel, Sales Director, DSM Functional Materials
"Fiber and Mobile Enabling Future Technology"


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4th COMBO plenary meeting in Berlin


The 4th plenary meeting of COMBO European project (Convergence of fixed and Mobile BrOadband access/aggregation networks) was hosted by Deutsche Telekom AG in Berlin from 10th to 13th February 2014, and was attended by about 35 people from the 17 partners of COMBO consortium. Preparation of year-2 work plan and brainstorming on the five network scenarios already defined by the project were the main objectives of the meeting.
Work Package leaders first dedicated one afternoon for the preparation of year-2 work plan and of the first annual review to be held 25th March. The agenda was then shared between presentations of activities and main achievements by Work Package (WP) leaders; a plenary sharing session about METIS test cases, OASE project results and COMBO WP2-WP3 intermediate results ; and several parallel WP sessions to progress in the work of each WP. Project integration and joint work between work packages made good progress during the meeting, with a lot of interactions in WP sessions around the five network scenarios proposed by COMBO for fixed and mobile convergence. Experiments in relation with FIRE testbed will be proposed. A proof of concept of universal virtual AAA functionality should be proposed also to ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group.




COMBO is in progress for one year; All its results are public!


You may download our reports here


OASE Releases Final Newsletter


In February 2013, the FP7 funded project OASE, in anticipation of its final year, has released its last newsletter.


Huawei Introduces Fiber-to-the-Door


Does the industry really need another FTTx network architecture? Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. seems to think so. The Chinese vendor has released what it calls the industry's first "fiber-to-the-door" (FTTD) portfolio, which provides broadband as fast as 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps by reusing existing twisted pairs or coaxial cables in the final drop.

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• 11.02.2013

Online Guide to Planning and Delivering a FTTH Project is to be Unveiled


European FTTH leader Rala will next week launch - the world's first user-friendly online guide to planning and delivering a FTTH project.

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• 07.02.2013

France Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent Deploy 'World's First' 400G Optical Link in a Live Network


Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced the deployment of the world's first optical link offering a capacity of 400 Gigabits per second (Gbps) per wavelength in a live network. Following a successful field trial, a 400 Gbps wavelength optical link is now operational between Paris and Lyon. This link, which was deployed within France Telecom-Orange's operational environment, represents a groundbreaking milestone for long-distance terrestrial network technology.

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• 05.02.2013

Wireless Excellence Tackles LTE Backhaul


Wireless Excellence is launching a new set of solutions for LTE/4G and 3G backhaul. Adding to the company's versatile and capable range of existing products, which are well proven in cellular applications, the new products combine the best of Millimeter-Wave (MMW) using E-band and 60GHz technologies, with FSO (Free Space Optics) to provide high capacity Gigabit backhaul networks to power today's and tomorrow's cellular networks.

Read more »

• 23.01.2013

ACCORDANCE will be presented at FTTHC


Don't miss opportunity to get latest news of ACCORDANCE project at FTTH Council Europe 2013!

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