is this Project about?
The background for this project
Operators are experiencing the following trends: decreased ARPU in the fixed network, part of fixed telephony services moved to mobile, data traffic moves over to ADSL and shared ADSL connections are taking the profit from Telcos. In order to increase revenue from the fixed network again, new services have to be introduced in the private homes.
Previously new services were always connected to new infrastructure, e.g. the ISDN or ADSL modem. Customers are not longer willing to invest in new infrastructure, if they don’t see the value from services coming through it. Examples of smart houses have been established across the world, and (remote) control of home devices is available now. Advanced energy management has reached the market, and is implemented in new building blocks already. Wireless technology is mature to enable interworking of home equipment without new wires.
Time has come for operators to define their role: “Up to the door or under the blanket? To which extend shall we involve ourselves in the private homes?”
The study addresses the home market, products and developments going on, and it will suggest a roadmap when certain products will arrive in the market. The study will analyse the needs of customers for a system integrator or a service aggregator, suggest potential roles of Telecom operators, and provides a strategy for operators entering the private home.
Why should the proposed work be done by EURESCOM now?
This work will enable both EURESCOM and thus the shareholders to be proactive with respect to investments in the home market. It will address the different starting points of bringing services into the home, from PSTN, ISDN, xDSL, Broadcast, Cable TV or other networks. Eurescom is the unique place where operators can discuss openly their strategies, and match their arguments with qualified colleagues all around Europe.
What is the focus of the work?
The focus is on the analysis of finding “the best way” for service delivery into the private homes. Different strategies might be necessary in order to satisfy the specific requirements of the various user groups. Example: A teenager has other expectations to the home infrastructure and the services in the home (“I only need my mobile phone and the broadband Internet connection”), while technology-lost people will prefer an easy service provision. There are three major aspects to be taken into account: The user needs of the different users in the home, the infrastructure and the potential services.
What are the main objectives of this Project?The main objectives of this proposal are to:
What are the key results for this Project?
Results of the project will address
What relationship exists to other organisations or bodies?