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OMEGA - Home Gigabit Access

Current home networks suffer from the fact that many devices are limited to wireless gross transmission rates of 54 megabit per second, or require troublesome wiring to achieve higher rates. Thus, current home networks are at risk of becoming a bottleneck, when fed by high-speed optical access networks, which offer 100 megabit per second or more, both down- and upstream. Therefore, the European research project OMEGA set out to develop a global standard for ultra broadband home networks. The new standard will enable transmission speeds of one gigabit per second and connect home devices to the Internet and to each other through power line communications and wireless connections without the need to install any new wires in the home. Thus, this standard will put an end to the coverage limitations as well as the cumbersome wiring, giving users access to advanced information and communication services anywhere in their home.

Emerging Internet services that require high bandwidth and high transmission speeds include telepresence, 3D gaming, enhanced interactivity, virtual reality, high-definition video as well as e-health applications and services for the exchange of user-generated multimedia content. As a complement to the next generation of broadband access networks, OMEGA’s gigabit home network will empower citizens to use novel services in areas such as healthcare, communication, and entertainment, and offer significant economic opportunities to the European information and communications industry.

At the heart of the new system is a technology-independent media access control (MAC) layer. This layer controls the multiple technology gigabit network and provides services as well as connectivity to any number of devices in any room of the house or flat. Furthermore, this MAC layer will allow the service to follow the user from device to device. In order to make this vision come true, OMEGA will work on substantial technological challenges in the fields of optical wireless and wireless radio technologies, in protocol design, and in system architectures.

OMEGA is an Integrated Project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. It is running for three years. The interdisciplinary project consortium consists of 20 European partners from industry and academia.



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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Kays
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