The centre will explore
topologies with open standardised technical and business interfaces
between different modules, such as access and distribution networks,
service networks, traffic exchange points, and long haul links.
Central features of architectures supporting open communication include:
New technical solutions for building networks that make traditional
exchange point-centric allowing sharing of infrastructure between
several service providers and different users, creating an open market place.
Regulatory frameworks that empower user communities in rural areas
to build their own access networks, based on local economic opportunities,
and to connect to points of presence of service providers.
This is the so called road association analogy.
Value chains of new and established actors and business models identifying roles and risks.
Open communication architecture components
Technical and business interfaces
Next generation networks
Establish links between users, service providers, developers and researchers.
Develop pilots for ubiquitous network access and learning.
Provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on ICT-supported business
development, including technology assessment, cost-benefit analyses,
ICT-related absorptive capacity, ICT-induced institutional change and ICT and
quality of working life.