ETICS aims at creating a new ecosystem of innovative QoS-enabled interconnection models between Network Service Providers allowing for a fair distribution of revenue shares among all the actors of the service delivery value-chain. To this end, we will propose and analyze new business and regulatory models for converged infrastructures, taking into account applications’ QoS constraints and incentives for carriers to invest and collaborate to the deployment of advanced high quality network interconnections. This will provide new market and revenue opportunities enabling innovative blended services and new high performance demanding applications.
To achieve these objectives, ETICS will analyse, specify and implement new network control, management and service plane technologies for the automated end-to-end QoS-enabled service delivery across heterogeneous carrier networks. ETICS includes a large number of partners that, participating to several key projects, have matured strong expertises. ETICS prototypes on control, management, and service planes will also leverage an important background on implementations and performance assessment. They will allow demonstrating and testing the effectiveness of new business models as well as how agile network service creation, activation, monitoring and billing for interconnected fixed and mobile operators will improve time to market of new services and reduce operational costs and complexity. Therefore, increasing the economic efficiency of access and transport infrastructures, the transition to new generation equipments will be incentivized.
The project started in January 2010 and will last 3 years, until December 2012. The project coordinator is Alcatel – Lucent Bells Labs in France whilst the consortium consists of other seventeen partners including RAD Data Communications Ltd (Israel), Institute Telecom (France), Alcatel-Lucent Italy (Italy), Marben Products (France), Nextworks (Italy), British Telecommunications plc (UK), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), France Telecom Orange Labs (France), Telefonica I+D (Spain), Telenor (Norway), Athens University of Economics and Business – Research Center (Greece), Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien GmbH (Austria), Institut Telecom (France), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Université de Versailles – UVS (France) , Israel Institute of Technology Technion (Israel) and Primetel Plc (Cyprus).