Finished Project


Techno-economics of integrated communication systems and services

Project Coordinator Project Consortium
Ilari Welling
e-mail: ilari.welling (at)
Deutsche Telekom, DE National & Kapodistrian Uni., GR
France Télécom R&D, FR Norwegian Min. of Gov.Adm&R, NO
JVH International, BE Telenor, NO
HUT, FI Telefonica I+D, ES
Nokia, FI

This is a “Celtic” project;

Project Key Information

Start date

End date Budget (total) Effort (total) Project-ID
April 2004 March 2007 4 MEuro 30 PY CP1-021

The overall objective of ECOSYS is to develop a strategic techno-economic analysis framework, apply it on case studies and draw conclusions and recommendations from that.

As the technology solutions develop, the entrepreneurial players are needed to take managed risks to make the change happen. ECOSYS will provide them with strategic information to back up their decision-making.

To achieve this, ECOSYS will further develop methodologies for techno-economic evaluation in the telecom sector. The applicability of general investment analysis methodologies and theories to telecom projects is examined and research on new complementary methodologies is carried out in order to achieve a complete and objective business feasibility analysis. These methodologies will be implemented in a user-friendly software tool for techno-economic evaluation.

ECOSYS will collect and extract information on new and enhanced services and applications for the mobile and fixed broadband networks. Based on extracted information and historical data, ECOSYS will develop models for forecasting traffic and access demand for the described services.

The ECOSYS business case studies will analyse different fixed network solutions, based on copper/fibre/wireless technologies. Also business cases of 3G+ and WLAN networks alongside with the emerging alternative access technologies will be analysed. Finally ECOSYS will analyse the economic feasibility of migration paths towards convergent systems. The strengths and weaknesses of the various system solutions in the different areas and market conditions will be identified and quantified.

ECOSYS core results will be presented as quantitative results related to the viability of envisaged future telecom scenarios. The results will be disseminated via publications in journals and conferences as well as in dedicated conference(s).

Focus areas
  • Develop a strategic techno-economic analysis framework
  • Apply this for telecom industry for business feasibility evaluation and investment decision making

Expected outcome
  • Set of guidelines and key drivers in fixed, mobile and convergent networks and services domain to enable decision makers to understand the future
  • Develop a techno-economic user friendly tool to provide powerful guidance for telecommunications business oriented decision making
  • Identify new mobile services for 3G and its successors
  • Show possible migration paths towards fixed and mobile convergent networks

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