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Multi Service Access Everywhere

Multi Service Access Everywhere

Objective

Faster broadband for everyone, everywhere

Standards developed by European researchers for high-speed broadband connections will make a vital contribution to the development of affordable high-capacity networks.

The achievement should mean that 80% of Europe's citizens would be able to access cost-effective 100 Mb/s bandwidth by the year 2010, according to researchers in the MUSE project.

The MUSE (Multi Service Access Everywhere) team focused on developing the architecture for next-generation broadband delivery to the home as part of the EU's strategic objective of encouraging the provision of affordable high-speed access to the internet for all.

The project, which started in January 2004 and ended in December 2007, took a holistic view of developing future networks, from the technical protocols that govern them to practical deployment solutions.

Key developments

MUSE featured a who's who of European telecommunications and information technology players, including British Telecom, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens. The project developed a multi-service, multi-provider and multi-application architecture that it branded the 'Global System for Broadband' (GSB).

Like the GSM system that enables the mobile phone network in Europe, GSB would provide a standard system for next-generation broadband and is one of the key elements developed by the Muse team.

GSB would enable many providers to offer a wide range of services, like voice, data, video and the convergence of fixed and mobile communications.

The project made it easier for would-be companies to create and deploy, on-demand, multimedia, interactive services, such as competitions, games and pay-per-view that are currently only available from proprietary digital television services.

Flexible architecture

Perhaps most importantly, GSB is flexible. It was designed to be open, so that it could be adapted to work with services in the future. But MUSE went further than developing a universal system for broadband deployment.

The researchers studied the 'first mile', an industry term that signifies the link between the home to the communications service provider. This link is typically where the greatest cost is incurred, because one company typically controls it. The 'first mile' is the least competitive element in the broadband market.

Working on bringing down the cost, the MUSE team worked on standards that would improve digital subscriber line (DSL) access. DSL refers to digital data transmission over the lines provided by a local telephone network.

The team researched a 'switch on' broadband provision concept that would allow providers to simply turn on the service to a particular customer, without the need for an engineer's visit. It also developed systems for residential gateway services, which would route communications to the phone, computer, TV and even the fridge, for example.

Each connection provides a different service, such as voice for the telephone, video for the TV, the web for the computer and, potentially, online shopping so a fridge could be enabled to automatically make an order when food runs out.

The residential gateway could also drive a local area network (LAN), one formed within the home, so emails, calls, movies or other digital data can be routed to where you are, or exchanged with other members of the family.

Setting standards

The MUSE team successfully tested their work in lab trials and used the results to refine their research.

The research also played a huge role in setting new standards for broadband networks. The team worked with the DSL Forum, the Home Gateway Initiative, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), as well as the International Telecommunication Union, which is responsible for setting worldwide standards for broadband.

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Coordinator Contact

Chris Hawinkel (Mr)

Coordinator

NOKIA BELL

Address

Copernicuslaan 50
2018 Antwerpen

Belgium

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 2 736 120

Administrative Contact

Peter Vetter (Dr.)

Participants (34)

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ST-Ericsson Belgium N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 363 333

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 301 240

THOMSON TELECOM BELGIUM N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 391 429

T-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 484 472

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 948 479

ALCATEL-LUCENT DEUTSCHLAND AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 545 444

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 327 206

LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES NETWORK SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 244 302

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 452 628

T-SYSTEMS NOVA GMBH

Germany

BREDBAANDSFORENINGEN AARHUS REGIONEN

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 285 750

FUNDACION ROBOTIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 288 948

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 683 507

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 391 421

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 733 140

ALCATEL VACCUM TECHNOLOGY FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 149 432

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 335 568

NEXTREAM FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 441 417

STMICROELECTRONICS SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 268 885

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 413 500

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 387 663

ERICSSON MAGYARORSZAG KOMMUNIKACIOS RENDSZEREK K.F.T.

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 85 000

STMICROELECTRONICS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 374 316

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 577 382

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 852 358

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 314 900

LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 017 256

ALTICE LABS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 312 158

TELIASONERA AKTIEBOLAG

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 392 863

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 448 780

RISE ACREO AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 449 954

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 537 399

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 286 920

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 775 986

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507295

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    28 February 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 33 989 907

  • EU contribution

    € 18 599 156

Coordinated by:

NOKIA BELL

Belgium