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JOINT ATM EXPERIMENT ON EUROPEAN SERVICES

Objective

JAMES-RN seeks to develop a Europe-wide interconnection structure based on asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switching (see TEN-34) and associated trial high-speed services. The focus will be on communication capabilities to support national or regional research networking applications, particularly pilot ones whose real broadband needs are still unmet. Issues covered will include network management, implementation of broadband experimental services, and exploitation of feedback from national networks and other users to enable operators to consider the launch of a cost-effective commercial exploitation plan.

The JAMES project aims at developing a European-wide, ATM-based interconnection structure together with associated experimental services for trial purposes. JAMES will be dealing with the interconnection of national and regional research network islands, and possibly other centres of excellence.

The main focus of the project is to investigate the provision of new broadband communication capabilities to support the needs of European research networking applications. The project will concentrate on a selection of pilot applications with real broadband needs which cannot be fulfilled by existing commercial services.

In this respect, the following issues (from the operational point of view) can be considered as the scope:

- enhancement of the architecture based on the experience of the ATM Pilot,

- translation of user requirements into operational quality-of-service parameters using performance measurement and traffic measurement techniques,

- network management and operational procedures,

- implementation, trials and fine-tuning of new broadband experimental services, both basic and enhanced.

- obtain and exploit feedback from the experimental users (particularly National Research Networks) in order

- to enable each Network Operator to plan and prepare the launch of acceptable and cost-effective commercial services (Exploitation Plan).

A user board (UB) will be set up to orientate the project with the needs of users, and provide direct support to users for technical problems.

By means of this project, Europe will parallel the NSFnet/MCI initiative to develop a broadband ATM-based experimental network. Interconnection with the equivalent architecture in the USA or other countries may thus be planned.

The 17 countries participating will be provided with a variety of high speed services.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

France Télécom
Address
6, Place D'alleray
75505 Paris
France

Participants (17)

BELGACOM LIMITED LIABILITY PUBLIC COMPANY
Belgium
Address
151,Boulevard Em. Jacqmain
1210 Bruxelles
British Telecom plc (BT)
United Kingdom
Address
Holborn Centre 120 Holborn
EC1N 2TE London
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
Germany
Address

53105 Bonn
FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR PUBLIC ECONOMY AND TRANSPORT - GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF POSTS AND TELEGRAPHS
Austria
Address
8,Postgasse
1011
FINNET INTERNATIONAL LTD
Finland
Address
5,Runeberginkatu
00131 Helsinki
HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANISATION SA
Greece
Address
99,Kifissias Avenue
151 24 Athens
P&T LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
Address

Luxembourg
PORTUGAL TELECOM SA
Portugal
Address
28,R. De Entrecampos
1000 Lisbon
PTT TELECOM NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
Address

2500 Den Haag
SWISS TELECOM PTT
Switzerland
Address
21,Viktoriastrasse
3030 Bern 29
TELE DANMARK A/S
Denmark
Address
11,Fabrikvej
8260 Viby J
TELECOM EIREANN
Ireland
Address
114,Saint Stephens Green West
Dublin 2
TELEFONICA DE ESPANA SA
Spain
Address
28,Gran Via
28013 Madrid
TELENOR AS
Norway
Address

2007 Kjeller
TELIA AB
Sweden
Address
11,Marbackagatan
12386 Farsta
Telecom Italia SpA
Italy
Address
Via Della Vignaccia 45
00196 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF YOENSUU
Finland
Address
1,Tulliportinkatu
80100 Joensuu