ATHENA - Digital Switchover: Developing Infrastructures for Broadband Access (Real Time Dynamic Bandwidth Optimisation in Satellite Networks)

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Digital Switchover: Developing Infrastructures for Broadband Access (Real Time Dynamic Bandwidth Optimisation in Satellite Networks)
Acronym: 
ATHENA

In Sevilla European Council it was indicated that two major problems (among the others) have to be solved towards eEurope 2005 and beyond: the transition to digital television in UHF band (digital switchover) and the broadband access for all. ATHENA project considers that if proper decision will be taken for the digital switchover (taking into account the networking aspect of the new television) it will also provide a solution for the second problem (the broadband access for all citizens). It presents an approach towards the solution of the digital switchover that comprises the use of the DVB stream for interconnecting next generation network (NGN) nodes, by the use of regenerative configurations. The utilisation of regenerative configurations enables for the realisation of a virtual common Ethernet backbone that can be exploited by 3G/UMTS and B3G operators and broadcasters, besides enabling for broadband access for all citizens. Such a configuration enables for multi-service capability, as the regenerative DVB-T creates a single access network physical infrastructure, shared by multiple services (i.e. TV programmes, interactive multimedia services, Internet applications, etc.).Validation of such a broadband access for all citizens infrastructure, based on the proper adoption of digital switchover, will be validated in a real condition trial in a medium-sized city.The above trial includes the implementation, testing and validation of a spectrum efficient real time dynamic management of the available bandwidth, for supporting the variety of heterogeneous bit rate services, and of a traffic policy mechanism, for UMTS users on the move, for seamless reception of IP data when transition from one UHF channel (DVB-T stream) t

Programme: 
FP6-IST
Dates
Start to End date: 
01/01/2004 - 30/06/2006
Duration: 
0 months
Financial Info
Total budget: 
€0
NCSR budget: 
€0
EU funding: 
€0
Matching fund: 
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