Disruptive Broadband - next step towards Gigabit society
When it comes to broadband, the objective is to identify disruptive developments early and promote those that can have a significant impact on the network infrastructure. This also entails finding and realizing solutions that will further expand the bandwidth while also improving the efficiency of networks.
Bundling existing access technologies lets providers offer customers an extraordinary broadband experience with modest additional costs for the network operator. Several prototype solutions for bundling various access technologies are under development: Hybrid Access - the DSL and LTE hybrid technology bundle, the DSL community bundle for neighboring DSL access points and tools for modeling traffic and QoE for hybrid connectivity.
Beyond bundling access technologies, T-Labs innovation projects are examining architecture and network planning rules with complete integration of mobile and fixed line technologies in order to fully profit from the advantages of an integrated network provider. Deutsche Telekom is now marketing LTE (4G) quite successfully. With the 4G+ technologies in mind, projects such as METIS are striving to develop lower-cost methods and tools for capacity and quality improvements. What's more, the project is developing technologies that offer customers 100 times more bandwidth without increasing costs thanks to 5G and an optimized FTTx architecture.
To get there, concepts, business models and business cases and specifications, incl. standardization, are being created by the experts and researchers. Feasibility studies and Proof of Concepts by simulations, lab and field tests and prototypes are additional activities.