GET100 project to set standards for internet of the future

A new EUREKA project is tackling the challenge of the web of the future. In the framework of the CELTIC cluster programme for telecommunications, the GET100 project will investigate new
networking concepts and physical layer technologies with the aim of developing a standard that enables a high-quality data transfer at up to 100 billion bits (100 Gigabit) per second via
Ethernet, a computer networking technology for local area networks (LANs).

The industry, namely ADVA Optical Networking, telecommunication specialists Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks, as well as Deutsche Telekom, is planning to invest ?200 million
in order to create – together with 30 additional partners from all over Europe – a basis for data transfer in core, metro and access networks using Ethernet technology. Ethernet technology is
considered to be the dominant transport technology of next generation metro/core networks. Furthermore, researchers will also attempt to improve the protection of data against unauthorised
access as part of the GET100 project.

Data transfer on the internet is currently growing by more than 50% per year, creating a considerable challenge for existing communication networks, which will soon meet their limits. This
massive increase is not only due to music and video downloads, but also includes electronic healthcare services, business transactions, video conferences or e-education and training.

‘Europe will make a major contribution to the future standard of the internet,’ said German Research Minister Annette Schavan, whose ministry will contribute ?30 million to the GET100 funds.
‘Together with our partners from Finland, France and Sweden, we will set the pattern for a safe, reliable and fast web.’ As the pressure on European companies to develop innovative products in
order to maintain global competitiveness was very high, the minister welcomed the partners pooling forces in this ‘European innovation alliance’.

The Cooperation for a sustained European Leadership in Telecommunications (CELTIC) Initiative started in 2003 as the first European R&D programme fully dedicated to end-to-end
telecommunication systems. The total budget until the end of the programme in 2011 amounts to ͂1 billion, with the cost of CELTIC projects being shared equally by national governments and
investors from the industry.

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