Tuesday, September 11, 2007

EPON to be deployed around Paris, big win for the open access model

Sipperec , which provides power and telecom services on behalf of 86 municipalities around Paris today announced a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network called Sequantic, which will build on its fiber backbone. This will provide connectivity to buildings targetting about 6,500 enterprises in 147 business areas located in the municipalities. Sipperec will then sell capacity on the network to service providers, so adopting the "open access" model. This is a major boost to this model promoting neutrality to the network provider also adopted by UTOPIA in Utah and the City of Amsterdam.

At UC Davis Networks Research group, we proposed advanced network protocols that may be useful to promote the "open access" model. This protocol aims to guarantee established Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to both users and service providers simultaneously. Our work was published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communication, a copy available here.

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