The ultimate goal of PORTA OPTICA STUDY is the creation and further development of communication network and consolidation of the initiatives to ensure the successful, fibre optics-based research network deployment in the Eastern Europe, Baltic states and Southern Caucasus regions
In particular the project will exercise the following activities:
- identification of potential beneficiaries of NREN services - the user base, users location and requirements, with the focus on user communities with potential to collaborate with EU partners (such as HEP, Astronomy etc.);
- identification of possibilities for constructing fibre-based NRENs and their interconnection to GEANT2 including market conditions and funding opportunities;
- case studies resulting in deployment scenarios for dark fibre infrastructure;
- raising the awareness and dissemination of the project ideas and results in order to achieve critical mass necessary to enable future deployments of fibre infrastructures.
Porta Optica Study partners believe that targeted states have great opportunity to match the developments of Western Europe countries. This opportunity stems from the fact that NRENs in some of these countries are still being developed, thus are open for cooperation both on national and on the pan-European level. In some cases they may be considered a "green field" situation, where well-proven European concepts can be easily introduced, reducing effectively the digital divide. For that purpose, Porta Optica Study will exploit the synergy resulting from cooperation with GEANT2 and SEEREN/SEEFIRE projects, where similar approaches are now being implemented. Porta Optica Study will collaborate with Eastern Europe NRENs, user communities and dark fibre providers in order to enable further development of broadband research networking in the region.
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action
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