After years of intensive work with fully and partly optical (i.e. fixed/wired) access networks, the transition towards mobile networks was already a natural step forward. A convergence of fixed and mobile access networks was already an emerging trend, and the numerous inspiring technical research question along that transition path were calling.

In 2012, we were invited in the preparation phase of the EU FP7 Project called COMBO, focusing on Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) – one of the pre-5G European research projects, paving the road towards an even deeper and wider convergence, what we may call 5G today. BME was involved in numerous activities, most importantly, Attila Mitcsenkov was named as the leader of Work Package 5 about Techno-Economics (our invitation was a consequence of our results in the field of optical access techno-economic work).

The project COMBO, and our collaborations with colleagues at various European companies and institutes has inspired all of our work related to FMC, among others:

  • network planning & dimensioning for Fixed Mobile Convergent (FMC) access networks
  • availability of FMC access networks
  • energy efficient 3D Handover mechanisms in multi-operator multi-technology context

Our related publications are collected under the “Fixed Mobile Convergence” keyword.

The COMBO project’s official website is to be found at http://ict-combo.eu/