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Ethernet Transport Networks, Architectures of Networking

Ethernet Transport Networks, Architectures of Networking

Objective

Ethernet Transport Networks, Architectures of Networking

Main Objectives

“Low cost, scalable and efficient networks will make it possible to develop a wide range of innovative applications, and generate new opportunities for high value products and services.”
Most of today’s European communications transport networks are based on Legacy TDM (SDH) technology. A new generation of packet transport infrastructure based on the use of Ethernet technology is now emerging in many European countries, however there are still many challenges some of which will be addressed by ETNA.
The Carrier Ethernet equipment market is on the rise. The Metropolitan Networks market is expected to reach over €2.5 billion by 2010. The estimate is that until 2010, 5 billion subscribers will be connected in an “always-on” fashion to the network. A huge potential also exists for deployment of Carrier Ethernet Networks as national backbones.
The objective of ETNA is to design, analyze and validate future metro and core networks based on Ethernet technology. The goal is to propose the architecture of a low cost pan-European Ethernet network capable of serving millions of subscribers, provide common, reliable and secure transport architecture for different current and future network services.
The successful development of such networks will shape future developments of information and communication technologies and deliver significant benefits for European citizens and business. Low cost, scalable and efficient Ethernet transport networks will enable the development of a wide range of innovative applications and will create new opportunities for high value products and services.
The ETNA consortium will perform analysis and identification of the requirements for new and innovative nation-wide Ethernet networks, research and develop architectures necessary to operate these networks in a cost-effective manner, design the network capabilities to deliver services to residential, business and mobile subscribers and investigate techno-economic models of such architectures. 

Technical Approach

The ETNA project will run over a two year period. The project consists of 3 major parts – i) vision of the end-to-end network focusing on the role of the Ethernet, ii) network architecture which complements and extends existing approaches and iii) prototyping, field testing and standardization of the new architecture approach.
The ETNA work plan is parallelized. There are 7 Work Packages. After a definition phase (WP1) the requirements for the new network are sufficiently defined to start the basic development. Meanwhile the architectural work package (WP2) delivers the framework for the development of the various technological modules (WP3 and WP4). WP5 will combine two prototypes into one operational prototype. In the last phase of the project WP6 collects and guides the inputs from the technological work packages to include all results in a field trial and to verify the feasibility of the next generation of Ethernet.
Dissemination and exploitation activities such as participation in internal and external workshops and submission of papers to conferences and journals and standardization activities will be done throughout the duration of the project.

 

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Coordinator Contact

Ilya VERSHKOV (MR)

Coordinator

NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES ISRAEL 1990 LTD

Address

Hanagar 3
45800 Hod Hasharon

Israel

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 374 511

Administrative Contact

Guy Attar (Mr)

Participants (6)

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NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS GMBH &CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 77 551

Teknillinen korkeakoulu

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 546 500

ERNST & YOUNG (ISRAEL) LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

ETHOS NETWORKS LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 333 050

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 462 620

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 744

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215462

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 480 639

  • EU contribution

    € 2 223 976

Coordinated by:

NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES ISRAEL 1990 LTD

Israel