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Versatile Easy installable Connector incorporating new Technologies for accelerated fiber Optic network Roll outs in Europe

Project description


Core and disruptive photonic technologies
Versatile Easy installable Connector implementing new Technologies for accelerated fibre Optic network Roll-outs in Europe

VECTOR aims to develop and commercialize an innovative low-cost highly performing field installable connectivity system that will impact at a multi-million-euro scale the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and the operation expenditure (OPEX) of telecom fiber broadband networks and that will facilitate the achievement of the European 2020 objectives for broadband connectivity.
The VECTOR connectivity system will comprise a ferrule-less connector granting ultra-high optical performance and a fully automated installation tool allowing for field installation by a general-skill technician.
Disruptive fibre-handling techniques based on heat-shrinkable materials, advanced textiles, and plasma-shaping will be developed and incorporated in the installation tool to ensure reliability, whereas high-tech gels and micro-mechanical alignment systems will be included in the connector to yield superior optical performance. Finally, micro-fabrication and replication techniques will be proposed to ensure ease of volume production at low price. The use of connectors instead of permanent splices will grant flexible reconfigurability of the network.
Overall, VECTOR aims to outperform the state-of the-art of ferrule-based connectors in terms of optical performance, flexibility, reliability and cost. This will ultimately break the current paradigm of ferrule-based optical connectivity requiring extensive pre-engineering and highly specialized manpower for field deployment.
In order to succeed in this ambitious goal, we created a consortium comprising the full portfolio of required technical knowledge, as well as the critical mass necessary to turn our connectivity system into a commercial reality that potentially can be deployed in the European optical networks.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2011-8
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Coordinator

COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM
Address
Diestsesteenweg 692
3010 Kessel Lo
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 968 909
Administrative Contact
Stephane Berghmans (Dr.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 433 550
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 440 201
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
TELEKOM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 90 514
Address
Landgrabenweg 151
53227 Bonn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heike Sturmhöfel (Mrs.)
TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 90 230
Address
Via Gaetano Negri 1
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Massimo (Mr.)
DEMCON ADVANCED MECHATRONICS ENSCHEDE B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 614 668
Address
Institutenweg 25
7521 PH Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mathijn Froeling (Mr.)
CELOPLAS - PLASTICOS PARA A INDUSTRIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 461 928
Address
Rua De Sao Mateus 299
4775 127 Grimancelos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tito Silva (Mr.)