1st International ICST Conference on Access Networks

Research Article

Design aspects of open municipal broadband networks

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1145/1189355.1189375,
        author={Antonios  Alexiou and Christos  Bouras and Dimitrios  Primpas},
        title={Design aspects of open municipal broadband networks},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Access Networks},
        keywords={Metropolitan area networks Business models},
  • Antonios Alexiou
    Christos Bouras
    Dimitrios Primpas
    Year: 2006
    Design aspects of open municipal broadband networks
    DOI: 10.1145/1189355.1189375
Antonios Alexiou1,2,*, Christos Bouras1,2,*, Dimitrios Primpas1,2,*
  • 1: Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, & Computer Engineering and Informatics Dept., Univ. of Patras N. Kazantzaki Str, University Campus
  • 2: 26500, Rio Greece
*Contact email: alexiua@cti.gr, bouras@cti.gr, primpas@cti.gr


This paper presents the design principles that cover the implementation of broadband infrastructure in the region of Western Greece, by examining all the necessary parameters that arise while implementing such a critical developmental project. Furthermore, we present as a case study, all issues of the designing of the Metropolitan Area Network of Patras, the third biggest city of Greece. The major target of the MAN of Patras is to interconnect the buildings of the public sector in the city and also deploy fibers that will create conditions of competition in providing both access and content services in advantage of the end consumer. The usage of the broadband infrastructure by service providers will be based on the open availability of the fiber optics infrastructure in a cost effective way. Finally, we present the main characteristics of a proposed business plan that ensures financial viability of the broadband infrastructure.