The main goal of the IST Integrated Project NOBEL phase 2 is the progress of optical transport networks for a pervasive introduction of broadband services in Europe. Leveraging on the results of the precursor project NOBEL, it is specifically devoted to:
- demonstration of the network concepts developed in NOBEL (phase 1) in integrated test beds and local experiments with special emphasis on end-to-end applications;
- detailed elaboration of NOBEL (phase 1) network concepts and further development of new network concepts coping with recently emerged opportunities such as the fixed-mobile convergence and the introduction of IPv6.
The Optical Communication group (OPTCOM) activity was mainly on physical layer implementation of 40 Gbps fiber optics systems.
The NOBEL consortium has been constituted by a group of telecommunications operators, industrial companies and research centres offering wide expertise and technical excellence in the area of optical components and networks. NOBEL partners can be classified into four main categories:
Network Operators (Telecom Italia, France telecom, telefonica, Deutch Telecom, British Telecom, Telenor)
- Equipment Manufacturers (Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco System, Pirelli Labs, Nokia-Siemens Networks)
- Research Centres (Acreo, Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza Im. Stanislawa Staszica, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, Consorzio Ricerche Elaborazione Commutazione Ottica)
- Universities ( Politecnico di Torino, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna, University College of London, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, University OF Stuttgart, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Università degli studi di Padova, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)