Building the future Optical Network in Europe
FP7/ICT Project NoE ICT-216863
Project web site
Start-End Dates 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2010
Coordinator Peter Van Daele (IBBT)
  • Interdisciplinair Instituut voor BreedBand Technologie vzw - IBBT IBBT B
  • Vienna University of Technology TUW A
  • Faculté Polytechnique de Mons FPMs B
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute Fraunhofer D
  • Technische Universität Berlin TUB D
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen UDE D
  • University of Stuttgart UST-IKR D
  • COM-DTU, Technical University of Denmark COM DK
  • Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya CTTC E
  • Telefonica I+D TID E
  • Escuela Politécnica Superior - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid UAM E
  • Escuela Politécnica Superior -Universidad Carlos III de Madrid UC3M E
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC E
  • Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena UPCT E
  • Universidad Politécnica de Valencia UPVLC E
  • Universidad de Vigo UVIGO E
  • France Telecom R&D FT F
  • GET / E.N.S.T. GET F
  • Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technology AIT GR
  • Inst. of Comm. and Computer Systems/National Techn. Univ. of Athens ICCS/NTUA GR
  • Research Academic Computer Technology Institute – University of Patras RACTI GR
  • University of Athens UOA GR
  • University of Peloponnese UOP GR
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics BME H
  • Univ. of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing FER HR
  • Coritel CORITEL I
  • Fondazione Ugo Bordoni FUB I
  • Superior Institue of Communication and Information Technologies ISCOM I
  • Politecnico di Milano POLIMI I
  • Politecnico di Torino POLITO I
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna SSSUP I
  • DEIS University of Bologna DEIS - UNIBO I
  • University of Modena and Reggio Emilia UNIMORE I
  • Sapienza-Università di Roma UNIROMA1 I
  • Telenor TELENOR N
  • Eindhoven Univ. of Technology TUE NL
  • Instituto de Telecomunicacoes IT P
  • AGH University of Science and Technology AGH PL
  • Poznan University of Technology PUT PL
  • HUAWEI Technologies Deutschland GmbH HUAWEI D
  • Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan KTH S
  • Bilkent Universitesi Bilkent TR
  • Universita degli Studi Roma Tre UNIROMA3 I
  • Optoelectronics Research Centre - University of Southampton ORC UK
  • University of Cambridge UCAM UK
  • University College London UCL UK
  • University of Essex UESSEX UK
  • University of Wales Swansea USWAN UK
  • Ericsson Limited Ericsson UK

The BONE-network brings together 49 laboratories and research institutes from al over Europe in a close networking infrastructure, built on the foundations laid down by the FP6 ePhoton/ONe Network and represents the research activities within Europe in the field of Optical Networks. The core activity of the BONE-project is the stimulation of intensified collaboration, exchange of researchers and integration of activities and know-how into and amongst partners. Through the establishment of Virtual Centres of Excellence, the BONE-project looks into the future and builds and supports the final "Network of the Future" through education & training, research tools & testlabs on new technologies & architectures.
The leading-edge position of European Research in the field and, consequently, of European industry, could be threatened by returning to an uncoordinated and scattered approach to optical networking research. BONE consolidates the process, supported during FP6, of integration and reorganization of research efforts across European academic and industrial groups in FP7 through:

  • Building Virtual Centres of Excellence that cover specific issues in the field of Optical Networking that can serve to European industry with education & training, research tools & testlabs and pave the way to development of new technologies & architectures.
  • Reaching out, including and linking to research activities in national programmes, or programmes outside Europe.
  • Stimulating an intensified collaboration, exchange of researchers between the research groups involved and active in the field
  • Disseminating the expertise and know-how of these European Research groups to a broader audience, both R&D oriented as well as industry- and decision maker oriented.