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Better infrastructures for rural development

Objective

This Project will identify a feasible technical strategy for the provision of infrastructures to support Advanced telematic services in rural areas. This strategy will be based on the analysis of potential applications in rural areas and the possibilities of new technologies. Although main thrust for advanced telematics is expected to come from business use and concentrate on urban areas, new technologies and applications developed originally for those purposes can and should be applied in rural areas.

The challenge is to define what kind of introduction strategy offers optimal solutions both for end users and network operators. The strategy will be based on the analysis of different technologies and on applications requirements and user reference models. Specific rural needs for technology will be considered and all available technologies will be taken into account as well as existing infrastructures. Interworking of different technologies and evolution aspects will be covered. It is expected that 2 Mbit/s systems can be exploited effectively in rural areas to offer "IBC" services combined with high bit-rate technologies for the provision of cost effective implementation of new advanced services. Although this Project concentrates on technical strategy, the application and usage issues will be addressed with input from RACE application projects.

BIRD is divided into three main research topics: Development of Rural Requirement Model; Technological Feasibility Studies and Rural Network Evolution Planning. For development of a Rural Requirement Model, rural users will be identified and their differences and needs, by comparison with urban areas, assessed. For Technological Feasibility Studies, trade offs associated with the various technology choices will be identified taking into account the requirements defined above. Rural Network Evolution Planning will draw on the work on the two above topics and use techno economic evaluation techniques. Case Studies based on real applications in RACE will be used to evaluate the Evolution Scenarios defined.

Coordinator

CENTRO DE ESTUDOS DE TELECOMUNICACOES
Address
R Eng. Jose Ferreira Pinto Basto
3800 Aveiro
Portugal

Participants (9)

INTRACOM SA
Greece
Address
Marcopoulou Avenue, Po Box 68
19002 Peania
JYDSK TELEFON
Denmark
Address
30 Sletvej
DK 8310 Arhus-tranbje
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9, Heroon Polytechneiou - Zografou
15773 Athens
NOKIA CORPORATION
Finland
Address
Po Box 156, Revontulentie 8C
02101 Espoo
SECMAT NT
France
Address
4 Za De L'agiot Rue Louis Lormand
78320 La Verriere
SOFRECOM
France
Address
24 Avenue Du Petit Parc
94307 Vincennes
STATENS BYGGEFORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Denmark
Address
15, Dr.neergaardsvej Postbox 119
2970 Hoersholm
TELEFUNKEN - SENDERTECHNIK
Germany
Address
Sickingenstraße 20-28
1000 Berlin
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES ABERYSTWYTH
United Kingdom
Address
Penglais Campus, Cerediglon
SY23 3BZ Aberystwyth