EU-MESH's goal is to develop, evaluate, and trial a system of software modules for building dependable multi-radio multi-channel mesh networks with QoS support that provide ubiquitous and ultra-high speed broadband access. The system will be based on a converged infrastructure that uses a wireless mesh network to aggregate the capacity from both subscriber broadband access lines and provider fixed broadband links to form a virtual capacity pool, and provide access to this capacity pool for both stationary and mobile users. It will support low operation and management costs, through novel configuration and management procedures that achieve efficient usage of both the wireless spectrum and fixed broadband access lines. This will increase the competitiveness of existing providers, lower the barrier for small enterprises to enter the mobile broadband access market, and enable innovative services.
EU-MESH (FP7 ICT, project no. 215320) is a 30 month collaborative project which started January 2008, and is funded by the European Commission under Call 1 of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in FP7 (7th Framework Programme), targeting the objective “The Network of the Future” of Challenge 1: Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructures.