In recent years, unprecedented progress was been made in improving global interconnectivity that has accelerated the creation, exchange, and consumption of ideas and information without regard to geographical boundaries. Significant barriers still exist between the Internet backbones and the average consumer's computer. That "last kilometre" access network to reach an individual's home is still constrained by technology inefficiencies and other challenges.
The Hybrid Fibre-Coax access network of today's Cable Television operators is an ideal platform for substantially increasing access bit rates, but has yet to be exploited for its full 5Gbs (80-860 MHz of downstream spectrum) potential. Modern modulation techniques allow today's hybrid fibre coax network to deliver data services (including voice and video) but the current technology limits the speed to less than 40Mbps per consumer in the serving area .
The CODMUCA project will create technology needed to bridge the gap from 40Mbs to Gigabit delivery on hybrid fibre coax networks. It will allow broadband true convergence of data, voice and video on one protocol and delivery mechanism based upon standard Internet Protocols (IP). CODMUCA technology will scale to support Gigabit/second speeds, without requiring any changes to the current HFC network. The newly available bandwidth will fuel creation of exciting new converged multimedia services, putting Europe at the forefront of innovation and benefiting all EU citizens.
CODMUCA will accomplish its goal by researching multiple-channel bonding methods (at both the data protocol level and radio technology area) to create virtual MultiBand data "pipes" that will carry very high-speed data streams to and from the consumer. The new schema will require creation of linearly scalable scheduling and Quality of Service algorithms for the Head-End (CATV Central Office) platform and development of cost effective technologies to be used in Customer Premise Equipment modem.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project