Leylab and TERRAIN in DataNews

An optical network allowing telecom operators to offer high bandwidth to their customers: this is not granted to everyone. At IBBT, the implications of such network are being studied thoroughly. DataNews recently dedicated an article to the two projects where IBBT is involved. One project is going on in Kortrijk, the other one in Ghent.


In Ghent, research is made on how the works for constructing optical networks and the other infrastructure can be better in tune with each other. The recommendations resulting from the Terrain project should minimize interference for inhabitants.


Does the consumer benefit from such a high-speed optical network? This is being investigated in Kortrijk, at the living lab LeYLab. LeYlab is one of three living labs put up by IBBT (iLab.o) and is partially financed by IWT.

The living lab project already started some time ago, but the network has only been fully operational for a few months now. About 200 test subjects are involved in the project, of these, 110 families are from the Buda and Overleie districts in Kortrijk. IBBT iLab.o is responsible for selection, acquisition and support of test users.

Full article can be found at here.

Date published: 16/05/2012
Link: IBBT Blog

TERRAIN at the FTTH Council Europe Conference 2012 in Munich

The IBBT ICON project TERRAIN (Techno-economic research for future access infrastructure networks) and the FP7 project OASE (Optical Access Seamless Evolution) were both “associate partner” at the FTTH Council Europe Conference 2012, February 14-16, 2012 in Munich. Both projects were presented at a booth at the large exhibition. Several other TERRAIN partners such as Alcatel-Lucent, TE Connectivity, Euromicron and Comsof also presented their products.

The European FTTH Conference is the largest Fibre-to-the-Home event in the world. This edition attracted an unprecedented 3300 visitors from all over the world.

Date published: 23/02/2012
Link: FTTH Council Europe conference 2012

Workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks - presentations & report online

On October 24th, a workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks was hosted by Ghent University/IBBT in Gent. It was co-organized by three projects: the European FP7-project OASE "Optical Access Seamless Evolution", the IBBT-ICON project TERRAIN "Techno-Economic Research for futuRe Access Infrastructure Networks" and the NGInfra project “What are the Public Benefits of Open Access? Evaluating the Social Cost and Benefits of Municipal Fiber Networks.”

The workshop contributed in spreading knowledge from existing fiber network initiatives towards different players involved in potential future deployments. Distinguished speakers from throughout Europe tackled different aspects including expected revenues as well as indirect effects, potential synergies in deployment and operations and suitable business models. The keynote speech was given by Benoit Felten, who stressed the importance of a universal and competitive Fiber-to-the-Premises infrastructure.

Over one hundred registered participants contributed to the sessions and participated in the discussion. The final part of the workshop was a panel discussion on the role of the city and its involvement in rollout and operations of such FTTH network as well as on the benefits for actors like inhabitants, companies, tourists, etc.

The final program, all presentations and an extensive report can be found on the event website

Date published: 13/12/2011
Link: Workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks - presentations & report online

Marlies Van der Wee - "Best Young Presenter" @ FITCE 2011

At the 50th FITCE congress in Palermo one of the IBBT-UGent researchers got awarded with the 'Best Young Presenter' award for her presentation on “How to measure the success rate of fibre-based access networks.”

For this remarkable performance she received a certificate and money price granted by José Van Ooteghem. Congratulations Marlies!

Date published: 05/10/2011
Link: IBBT Blog

Workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks - October 24th, 2011 - Ghent, Belgium

We would like to invite you to our workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks, which we are organizing on October 24th (full day) in Ghent, Belgium.

The main goal of our workshop is spreading knowledge from existing fiber network initiatives towards different players involved in potential future deployments. We will tackle expected revenues as well as indirect effects, potential synergies in deployment and operations, and suitable business models. Discussion will be stimulated, both during the sessions, the final panel discussion, coffee and lunch breaks and networking reception.

The workshop will be a full day program. As keynote speaker, Benoît Felten from Diffraction Analysis will outline the fundamental disruptive nature of universal connectivity through next-generation broadband access and how communities can rethink their modes of operation on that basis. Next we will have 3 sessions, each consisting of an actual testimonial presentation from an existing case, a more theoretic perspective and some alternative view, introducing international and local speakers. The panel discussion at the end of the day will bring together representatives from the different cities presenting their views on the actual role of the city in a successful fiber rollout.

The workshop is supported by three projects in which our research group participates (EC FP7-OASE, IBBT TERRAIN and NGInfra Public Benefits). We have also support from FTTH Council Europe, the city of Ghent, Comsof, WCS fiber Optic, Ghent University and IBBT.

More general information, preliminary program and registration form can be found on following website: http://events.ibbt.be/en/workshop-municipal-fiber-networks.

Hope to see you on our event!

Website: http://events.ibbt.be/en/workshop-municipal-fiber-networks
Contact: wsmfn@intec.ugent.be

Date published: 15/09/2011
Link: Workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks


The TERRAIN project will participate at the CTTE 2011 conference, May 16th-18th, in Berlin, Germany in many ways.
Two papers will be presented written by project partners:

  • "Cost allocation model for a synergetic cooperation in the rollout of telecom and utility networks" by Mathieu Tahon et al. (Ghent University/IBBT)
  • "Influence of GeoMarketing on the roll-out of new network infrastructures" by Koen Casier et al. (Ghent University/IBBT)

On the last day of the conference, a workshop entitled "Future deployment of optical access networks" is organised by Deutsche Telekom, and supported by the FP7 ICT OASE and IBBT ICON TERRAIN project. Jan Van Ooteghem (Ghent University/IBBT) and Ger Bakker (UNET) will be representing TERRAIN by presenting their view on this topic.

Date published: 04/05/2011
Link: http://www.ctte-conference.org/

Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum on April 7th-8th, organized by the city of Ghent.

The EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (EUROCITIES KSF) brings together over 100 European cities and business partners, offering a platform for the exchange of knowledge among local governments and the organizations they work with. EUROCITIES KSF is a member-driven network currently chaired by the city of Vienna and vice-chaired by the city of Ghent. Its activities in 2011 are supported by five thematic Working Groups on eInclusion, Open Data, Smart Cities; Broadband and the EU Services Directive.

IBBT will also contribute to this event with talks of Prof. Leo Van Audenhove and Ilse Mariën (IBBT-SMIT) about “Citizen engagement and inclusion”, and Jan Van Ooteghem presenting the IBBT project TERRAIN.

You can follow the conference online live via http://www.zendster.be/ksf
Moe information and the program can be found via www.gent.be/ksf and www.eurocities.eu

Date published: 07/04/2011 - 08/04/2011
Link: http://www.gent.be/ksf

TERRAIN & OASE associated partners at the FTTH Conference in Milan

The IBBT ICON project TERRAIN (Techno-economic research for future access infrastructure networks) and the FP7 project OASE (Optical Access Seamless Evolution) both received the “associate partner” status for the upcoming FTTH Conference 2011, February 9-10, 2011 in Milan, organized by the FTTH Council Europe. Both projects, with IBBT as an important project partner, will be represented at a booth at the large exhibition. The European FTTH Conference is the largest Fibre-to-the-Home event in the world. Its last edition attracted an unprecedented 2600 visitors from 65 countries and over 100 exhibitors.

Date published: 04/02/2011

Gratis internet voor alle Gentenaars?

GENT - De stad Gent onderzoekt of het mogelijk is om alle Gentenaars gratis internet te geven. Dat zei burgemeester Daniël Termont gisteren op het Future Internet Week-congres in het ICC.

Is het mogelijk en haalbaar om in Gent een eigen glasvezelnetwerk aan te leggen, waarmee alle Gentenaars toegang zouden krijgen tot breedband-internet? Dat is de opdracht die de stad gegeven heeft aan het IBBT, het Interdisciplinair Instituut voor Breedband-Technologie.

‘Een opdracht die helemaal in de lijn ligt van het beleid dat we als Stad Gent voeren', zegt schepen van Informatica Resul Tapmaz (SP.A). ‘We proberen om de digitale kloof te dichten, door mensen die niet de middelen hebben om zelf toegang tot het internet te betalen toch mogelijkheden te geven om de internetboot niet te missen.'

Gent heeft dan ook de duidelijke ambitie om een voortrekkersrol te spelen in het gebruik van ICT en e-government, zei burgemeester Termont gisteren op het congres. De burgemeester voegde daaraan toe dat ook alle e-diensten die de stad aanbiedt, worden herbekeken.

Het Fibre to the home-project - zoals het nieuwe breedbandproject heet dat nu wordt onderzocht - zou nog een stapje verder gaan en het supersnelle internet letterlijk tot bij elke Gentse burger thuis brengen. ‘Daarvoor moeten we dan de hele stad open gooien', zegt diensthoofd Karl-Filip Coenegrachts. ‘Vraag is of dat realistisch en haalbaar is. Als het dat is, is een volgende vraag wie zo'n glasvezelnetwerk moet exploiteren. Zijn dat de bestaande aanbieders van Telenet of kan de stad dat zelf? En in het laatste geval kunnen we de mogelijkheid bekijken om het gratis te maken voor iedereen.'

Het IBBT deed eerder al een soortgelijk onderzoek in Kortrijk, maar dat leidde uiteindelijk niet tot concrete resultaten. De hoge kostprijs van zo'n eigen glasvezelnetwerk bleek een onoverkomelijke struikelsteen.

‘Of het voor Gent wel haalbaar zal zijn, durf ik op dit ogenblik absoluut niet te zeggen', zegt schepen Tapmaz. ‘Dit onderzoek, dat met Europese steun wordt gedaan, staat nog in zijn kinderschoenen. Nu al een timing plakken op de eventuele aanleg van het netwerk, is dan ook voorbarig.'

Date published: 15/12/2010
Link: Het Nieuwsblad

Gent overweegt glasvezelnetwerk voor inwoners

De stad Gent onderzoekt of een eigen glasvezelnetwerk voor alle inwoners haalbaar is. Zo'n 'fibre to the home' (ftth) project moet kaderen binnen het opzet van de stad Gent om breedbandinternet zo toegankelijk mogelijk te maken. Dat zei burgemeester Daniel Termont in een toespraak op het Future Internet Week congres in Gent.

Wim De Waele, general manager van het Interdisciplinair Instituut voor Breedband Technologie bevestigt dat IBBT de ftth-piste onderzoekt in opdracht van de stad Gent. "Het gaat om een socio-economisch onderzoek waarbij de stad de haalbaarheid van het project in kaart wil brengen", zegt De Waele. Eerder deed IBBT ook al een soortgelijk onderzoek voor de stad Kortrijk die ondertussen wel al afgehaakt heeft omwille van het te hoge prijskaartje.

Zoals bekend heeft de stad Gent sinds deze zomer ook al een draadloos netwerk aan de Graslei, waarbij iedereen met een smartphone, laptop of tablet-pc gratis kan surfen. Gent liet toen al weten dat de mogelijkheid bestaat dat na een positieve evaluatie de beschikbaarheid van het wifi-netwerk verder uitgebreid wordt. En in mei berichtte Data News nog dat de Arteveldestad voor een eigen .gent internetdomein gaat. Gent heeft volgens burgemeester Termont de duidelijke ambitie om een voortrekkersrol te spelen in het gebruik van ict, e-government en e-inclusion. Zo worden momenteel ook alle e-services van de stad herbekeken, zei de burgemeester nog.

Date published: 14/12/2010
Link: datanews (Kristof Van der Stadt)