DISCUS : end-to-end network design for ubiquitous high speed broadband services

Marco Ruffini, Nick Doran, Mohand Achouche, Nick Parsons, Thomas Pfeiffer, Xin Yin, Harald Rohde, Marco Schiano, Peter Ossieur, Barry O'Sullivan, Roland Wessäly, Lena Wosinska, Julio Montalvo, David B. Payne

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) has been long sought as the ultimate solution to satisfy the demand for broadband access in the foreseeable future, and offer distance-independent data rate within access network reach. However, currently deployed FTTP networks have in most cases only replaced the transmission medium, without improving the overall architecture, resulting in deployments that are only cost efficient in densely populated areas (effectively increasing the digital divide). In addition, the large potential increase in access capacity cannot be matched by a similar increase in core capacity at competitive cost, effectively moving the bottleneck from access to core. DISCUS is a European Integrated Project that, building on optical-centric solutions such as Long-Reach Passive Optical access and flat optical core, aims to deliver a cost-effective architecture for ubiquitous broadband services. One of the key features of the project is the end-to-end approach, which promises to deliver a complete network design and a conclusive analysis of its economic viability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2013
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-0683-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-0682-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event15th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks - Cartagena, Spain
Duration: 23 Jun 201327 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE conference publications
ISSN (Print)2161-2056


Conference15th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
Abbreviated titleICTON 2013


  • end-to-end
  • flat optical core
  • FTTP
  • long-reach passive optical networks
  • ubiquitous broadband


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