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Open broadband access networks

Objective

The OBAN proposal introduces an innovative approach to establish a broadband mobile network in line with present B3G visions. The concept is based upon an Open Access Network (OAN) approach characterised by that all private wireless LANs and broadband access lines are made available for public use, thus the stationary users (the hosts) can continue to use their wireless LAN as before, and that casual passing users can access and maintain communication via these access points.

The visitors and the stationary users will share the capacity of wireless LANs and access lines according to a general service agreement between the involved parties. It is assumed that the majority of private homes during a few years will have access to a broadband network over ADSL, VDSL, fiber, cable, radio, etc and that wireless technology will be the winning technology for in-house communication both for residential and business users. In urban areas, all these micro base stations will form continuous radio coverage allowing users to roam through the landscape while maintaining their communication sessions.

Compared to conventional cellular mobile networks consisting of a limited number of optimally located out-door base stations and antenna masts, the OBAN network will consist of a much higher number of micro base stations randomly located. The main objective of the proposal is to explore, develop and demonstrate the most important functionalities, performance and opportunities of the OBAN concept. To realise the concept existing protocols and mechanisms have to undergo fundamental improvements and the following sub-objectives are therefore identified.

Each of them contains innovative RandD aspects:
- To develop/adapt access control and security mechanisms,
- To develop/adapt appropriate mobility functionalities,
- To develop/adapt appropriate QoS mechanisms,
- To explore relevant legal and regulatory issue,
- To explore/simulate the potential network coverage.

Coordinator

TELENOR ASA
Address
Snaroeyveien 30
1331 Fornebu
Norway

Participants (13)

BIRDSTEP TECHNOLOGY ASA
Norway
Address
Bryggetaten 7
0250 Oslo
EUROCONCEPTS S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Pinelli 86
10100 Torino
FRANCE TELECOM SA
France
Address
Place D'alleray 6
75015 Paris
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE MARIO BOELLA SULLE TECNOLOGIE DELL'INFORMAZIONE E DELLE TELECOMUNICAZIONI
Italy
Address
Via P. C. Boggio 61
10138 Torino
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
Larenseweg 50
1221 CN Hilversum
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES NETWORK SYSTEMS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Optimus, Windmill Hill Business Park
SN5 6PP Swindon, Wiltshire
MOTOROLA ELECTRONICS S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Cardinal Massaia 83
10100 Torino
OBEXCODE AS
Norway
Address
Forskningsparken
9294 Tromsoe
POST-OG TELETILSYNET
Norway
Address

0104 Oslo
SINTEF - STIFTELSEN FOR INDUSTRIELL OG TEKNISK FORSKNING VED NORGES TEKNISKE HOEGSKOLE
Norway
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
SWISSCOM AG
Switzerland
Address
Alte Tiefenaustrasse 6, Worblaufen
3050 Bern
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Strasse Des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
Address
Calle Emilio Vargas 6
28043 Madrid