is this Project about?
The Internet was conceived to serve a limited user group in an academic and military environment, and it was tailored to transport data traffic over a fixed infrastructure. Today it is an open platform and a critical infrastructure that serves private users and businesses, and there is an increasing amount of voice traffic and streamed content that has requirements towards the transport network radically different than the originally foreseen data had. Internet also serves more and more private networks and closed user communities, and has become a critical infrastructure serving important sectors such as banking and power. There is an additional growing demand for mobility support.
Clearly, what the Internet has become and the purpose(s) it serves warrant a consideration of the implications on the underlying technology and architecture developments. A better understanding is needed, having also an emphasis on the operators’ future role and business in this environment.
What are the main objectives of this Project?
There are some other initiatives addressing the future Internet. What distinguishes this study from them that this study tries to establish a vision from the network operators’ point of view. The intention is to use this study to boil down the various opinions and views to a consolidated vision that can be fed into the broader community and to the other initiatives which include other stakeholders, such as equipment manufacturers and academia.
The study attempts to create a vision of the Internet in 10-15 years from now. This study will address the following broad aspects of the future Internet:
Obviously, the three main areas – business models; services and application areas; and technology – are interdependent. The project will take this into account by tackling the three main areas iteratively. However, in order to avoid giving too much emphasis to technology concerns having only short term relevance, the project will start looking at the business models and services and application areas first, and then drawing conclusions and requirements for the underlying technology. Later, the project will also consider major technology trends and expected technology solutions being in place by 2015-2020.
As a result, it is expected that the study highlights the interdependencies and relationships between specific business models, services and application areas and the availability of specific technical solutions and evolution of technologies.
In addition to the three main areas, the project will also consider outside factors, such as: