Project Abstract
The overall objective of ECOSYS is to develop a strategic techno-economic analysis framework for the fixed and mobile communications industry/market, apply it on case studies and draw conclusions and recommendations from that.

As the technology solutions develop, industry players are required to take calculated risks in order to make the changes happen. ECOSYS will provide them strategic information to support their decision-making activities.

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, e.g. for systematic evaluation of OPEX (OPerational EXpenditures), 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 above mentioned 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 various system solutions in 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 dedicated conference(s).