INnovation in Communication Infrastructure Techno-Economics. The overall objective of the research project is to develop a strategic techno-economic analysis framework for the evaluation of telecommunication investments, and develop a prototype software tool that can be applied on case studies in order to 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.
The project will provide them with strategic information to back up their decision-making. To achieve this, the research project 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.
More specifically it will identify the business models and develop a harmonised framework to assess them, it will develop market models and forecast demand for Next Generation Networks (NGN) and services, it will model, analyse, and evaluate risks as well as uncertainties of telecommunication investment projects and establish the benefits of applying real option analysis and game theory to this type of investment projects,will develop new OPEX models, and last will model, analyse, and evaluate traffic pricing models for new broadband services. These methodologies will be implemented in a prototype software tool for techno-economic evaluation and will be applied on selected case studies concerning the evolution of Next Generation Networks (NGN).