Europe Looks to Plastic|Polymer Optical Fiber for Last Mile Solutions

POF-ALL is meant to develop a low-cost solution based on Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) to make the delivery of broadband access to everyone possible. A careful optimization of the enabling technologies (components, devices and protocols) will end up in a real-life field test.

Expected Impact:

Europe would take advantage of a low-cost technology, ideal for telecomm operators to carry true broadband to businesses and households;
Europe would be independent from extra-EU technologies for access networks implementation, as it is today with ADSL technologies;
European companies will have the chance to export the knowledge of the POF-ALL consortium, promoting further investments and improving the competitiveness and technological role of Europe.

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