The need for speed is a never ceasing requirement for broadband access. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is the fastest alternative. Driven by new demands the total number of homes with FTTH is forecasted to grow to 86 million or 5% of the households worldwide by 2012. Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network (WDM-PON) is widely seen as the ultimate solution for the future FTTH. Korea is the first country to deploy WDM-PON and in Japan and the US important players have revealed plans to follow. The GigaWaM project will develop a complete fibre optical subsystem for WDM-PON providing 1Gbps per user. In the past data rates doubled every 12 months and 1 Gbit/s is expected around 2016. Convergence of telephony, TV and internet into so-called triple-play service and new applications such as High Definition TeleVision (HDTV) are the latest drivers. Networks based on copper cable may reach 10 Mbps while the capacity required just for one channel of HDTV is 20 Mbps. Thus copper cables are to be replaced by optical fibres soon, for which GigaWaM is perfectly timed to offer all the needed optical components (for home, supplier's site and the multiplexer in between) providing 64 Gbps per fibre or 6 times higher capacity than currently offered optical systems at a 60% lower cost. This cost reduction will be achieved by a 100 times higher level of integration of optical components, for which the level of integration today is comparable to the 1970's level for electronic components. The market for optical components for FTTH will be Euro 1.3 billion in 2015. Europe lags behind in fibre deployment, which will be accelerated by the availability of the low cost optical components developed in the project. The consortium ( 5 SME's 2 research institutions and Ericsson) represents a complete European food chain from technology providers to the system vendor by this strenghtening the competitiveness of Europe on the market for optical network components and creating new high-end jobs.
|Effective start/end date||01/03/2008 → 31/03/2011|
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