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New dimension of fibre optics – bringing 5G to your town with IPT-Core

Project description

Fibre for next generation telecom

So much has changed since 1982 when 1G was introduced to support analog voice. Today’s move to 5G, designed to support the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, will place an unprecedented demand on wired infrastructure. Before users can download a high-definition film in under one second, the demand for bandwidth will need to be met with fixed optical fibre connections. The EU-funded IPT-Core project is developing telecommunication technology that uses seven cores in every single microstructured fibre as separate spatial channels. This will provide a cost-effective replacement for target customers such as 5G operators, providers of FTTx services, long distance connections and data centres. The project is striving to become the world’s first mass-scale multicore optical fibre supplier.

Objective

We are on the verge of 5G arrival, the new standard bringing much higher speeds and more reliable connections to millions of end users and possibly billions of connected IoT devices. 5G networks require many more small sites than other cellular systems, and the industry agrees that their demand for bandwidth can only be met with fixed optical fibre connections. These are not available in many locations, and space in existing cable ducts is limited while accessing them is costly. At the same time, even at the speed of light, current Single-Mode Fibres have reached their theoretical capacity limit. Global IP traffic demand for urban fibre networks is forecast to grow at a blistering CAGR of 45% in the coming years. The problem is that current fibre infrastructure cannot continue to support the foreseen demand without an upgrade to carry the increased traffic beyond its theoretical capacity. However, deploying a completely new infrastructure is costly and therefore, not an option. It is a challenge to meet the growing demand using the existing infrastructure – this requires a new approach. At InPhoTech, we see this “Capacity Crunch” as an opportunity. Our patented IPT-CORE telecommunication technology uses seven cores in every single microstructured fibre as separate spatial channels, allowing the most effective use of our well-developed multiplexing methods to increase optical throughput seven times in the same physical space. By being fully compatible with existing infrastructure, IPT-CORE provides a cost-effective replacement for target customers such as 5G operators, providers of FTTx services, Long Distance Connections and Data Centres. Our ultimate goal is to become the world’s first mass-scale multicore optical fibre supplier, putting the EU at the same level as the US and Asia as global fibre providers. The technology will be held by InPhoTech and will generate a growth impact for the company of €23 million in profit 5 years after deployment.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2

Coordinator

INPHOTECH SP ZOO
Net EU contribution
€ 2 153 025,00
Address
UL. POZNAŃSKA 400
05-850 Ołtarzew
Poland

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Warszawski zachodni
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 3 075 750,00