Now part of our everyday life, the Internet has become a basic utility for homes and businesses in the same way as electricity or water. Affordable, reliable and secure broadband connectivity is essential to making full use of the services that the Internet offers nowadays.

The demand for even more high-speed connectivity is constantly growing, driven by new Internet services with multi-media rich content. The local access networks that bring these capacities and connectivity to the end-users require constant improvement. Ensuring such developments, faster, smarter and cheaper high-speed access network technologies are on the way to the European market, exploiting the results of EU research programmes.

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