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Multi Service Access Everywhere

Project description

Broadband for all Faster broadband for everyone, everywhere

Standards developed by European researchers for high-speed broadband connections will make a vital contribution to the development of affordable high-capacity networks.

The achievement should mean that 80% of Europe's citizens would be able to access cost-effective 100 Mb/s bandwidth by the year 2010, according to researchers in the MUSE project.

The MUSE (Multi Service Access Everywhere) team focused on developing the architecture for next-generation broadband delivery to the home as part of the EU's strategic objective of encouraging the provision of affordable high-speed access to the internet for all.

The project, which started in January 2004 and ended in December 2007, took a holistic view of developing future networks, from the technical protocols that govern them to practical deployment solutions.

Key developments

MUSE featured a who's who of European telecommunications and information technology players, including British Telecom, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens. The project developed a multi-service, multi-provider and multi-application architecture that it branded the 'Global System for Broadband' (GSB).

Like the GSM system that enables the mobile phone network in Europe, GSB would provide a standard system for next-generation broadband and is one of the key elements developed by the Muse team.

GSB would enable many providers to offer a wide range of services, like voice, data, video and the convergence of fixed and mobile communications.

The project made it easier for would-be companies to create and deploy, on-demand, multimedia, interactive services, such as competitions, games and pay-per-view that are currently only available from proprietary digital television services.

Flexible architecture

Perhaps most importantly, GSB is flexible. It was designed to be open, so that it could be adapted to work with services in the future. But MUSE went further than developing a universal system for broadband deployment.

The researchers studied the 'first mile', an industry term that signifies the link between the home to the communications service provider. This link is typically where the greatest cost is incurred, because one company typically controls it. The 'first mile' is the least competitive element in the broadband market.

Working on bringing down the cost, the MUSE team worked on standards that would improve digital subscriber line (DSL) access. DSL refers to digital data transmission over the lines provided by a local telephone network.

The team researched a 'switch on' broadband provision concept that would allow providers to simply turn on the service to a particular customer, without the need for an engineer's visit. It also developed systems for residential gateway services, which would route communications to the phone, computer, TV and even the fridge, for example.

Each connection provides a different service, such as voice for the telephone, video for the TV, the web for the computer and, potentially, online shopping so a fridge could be enabled to automatically make an order when food runs out.

The residential gateway could also drive a local area network (LAN), one formed within the home, so emails, calls, movies or other digital data can be routed to where you are, or exchanged with other members of the family.

Setting standards

The MUSE team successfully tested their work in lab trials and used the results to refine their research.

The research also played a huge role in setting new standards for broadband networks. The team worked with the DSL Forum, the Home Gateway Initiative, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), as well as the International Telecommunication Union, which is responsible for setting worldwide standards for broadband.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-IST-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

NOKIA BELL
Address
Copernicuslaan 50
2018 Antwerpen
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 736 120

Participants (34)

ST-Ericsson Belgium N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 363 333
Address
Excelsiorlaan 44-46
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 301 240
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
THOMSON TELECOM BELGIUM N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 391 429
Address
Prins Boudewijnlaan 47
2650 Edegem
Activity type
Other
T-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 484 472
Address
Hahnstrasse 43D
60528 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 948 479
Address
Am Campeon 1-15
85579 Neubiberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALCATEL-LUCENT DEUTSCHLAND AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 545 444
Address
Lorenzstrasse 10
70435 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 206
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES NETWORK SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 244 302
Address
Thurn-und-taxis-str. 10
90411 Nuernberg
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 452 628
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
T-SYSTEMS NOVA GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Am Probsthof 10
53121 Bonn
BREDBAANDSFORENINGEN AARHUS REGIONEN
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 285 750
Address
Claus Moeller, Klosterport 4M
8000 Aarhus
FUNDACION ROBOTIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 288 948
Address
Parque Tecnologico, Edificio 202
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Research Organisations
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 683 507
Address
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
28050 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 391 421
Address
Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ORANGE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 733 140
Address
Rue Olivier De Serres 78
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALCATEL VACCUM TECHNOLOGY FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 149 432
Address
Avenue Octave Greard 3
75007 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 335 568
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
NEXTREAM FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 441 417
Address
17 Rue Du Petit Albi
95800 Cergy Saint Christophe
STMICROELECTRONICS SA
France
EU contribution
€ 268 885
Address
Boulevard Romain Rolland 29
92120 Montrouge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 413 500
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 387 663
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ERICSSON MAGYARORSZAG KOMMUNIKACIOS RENDSZEREK KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Magyar Tudosok Korutja 11
1117 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 374 316
Address
Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 577 382
Address
Via Gaetano Negri 1
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 852 358
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 314 900
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 017 256
Address
Larenseweg 50
1221 CN Hilversum
ALTICE LABS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 312 158
Address
Rua Jose Ferreira Pinto Basto
3810 106 Aveiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELIASONERA AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 392 863
Address

123 86 Farsta
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 448 780
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RISE ACREO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 449 954
Address
Box 1070
164 25 Kista
Activity type
Other
ERICSSON AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 537 399
Address
Torshamnsgatan 23
164 80 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 286 920
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 775 986
Address
Newgate Street 81
EC1A 7AJ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)