Dissemination Plan and Approach

All partners will have an active role in the dissemination of the project outputs. In addition to joint publications at major international conferences, and journal articles, details of the following activities will be made available here.

Contributions to Standardization

The major industrial partners will be involved in the standardization efforts, through their participation to major standardization bodies (IETF, ITU-T, ETSI, FSAN, BBF and 3GPP).In addition DISCUS aims at influencing policies for the deployment of optical access fibre, to make sure that fair regulations will give greatest benefit for the users of the network (both customers and service providers) while attracting profitable investment from operators.

Discussions in national telecoms regulation and policy bodies

The core DISCUS partners will initiate discussions and engage with their national telecoms regulators where appropriate and when results from the project are seen to impact regulatory policy. TCD with the Irish Comreg, ASTON with the UK Ofcom, ALUD and NSN with the German Bundesnetzagentur, Telefonica with the Spanish CMT, and TelecomItalia with the Italian AGCOM. In addition discussions will be organized with the recently formed Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Strategic Dissemination Tools

The strategic tools we will use to deliver the dissemination goals will be:

Project website

For external dissemination and cross-fertilization, the consortium will set up a dedicated website to present the DISCUS project and main results, as well as providing a knowledge-based for ideas, under a common logo. The site will realise a virtual link between all DISCUS stakeholders. It will include public deliverables, publications, white papers, presentations and links to other partner projects. All partners will contribute to the website’s contents.

Scientific dissemination

This will include articles and research papers to be submitted to the most relevant journals and participation in scientific conferences, seminars and events, as a follow-up to the R&D work performed.

DISCUS workshops

The organisation of workshops is planned, for which all partners will invite recognised experts or representatives from major European and international municipalities. The first workshop may be attached to a conference such as ECOC, This workshop would involve papers from the partner organisations on progress and conclusions to date but also some invited papers on the current status as seen by the regulatory bodies such as Ofcom or BEREC etc. presentations would be followed by panel sessions to further debate the issues raised. The 2nd workshop would be an independent event as a range of demonstrations of the DISCUS outputs would be also be shown and these may need to remain at one of the Partner’s premises (most probably Tyndall Institute, Cork, Ireland). The invitation to both workshops will be extended to partner contacts into regulatory, policy and opinion forming bodies, in addition to telecommunications vendors and operators not in the consortium (e.g., CISCO, Ericsson, BT, DT,...).

Presentations to the Commission

The consortium will also be prepared to show to the Commission, and to those invited by the Commission, progress in any area covered by the project, so as to ascertain that everyone involved in IST is aware of the technical progress, and the options available now and in the future

Sharing information with other ICT projects

The project will collaborate and share technical information with other IST projects. Contacts to other ICT projects will generally be handled by the project coordinator except for exchange of specific technical information, which will be handled directly by the relevant partner(s). Relations to projects in other EU programs will be coordinated by the coordinators. The consortium is prepared to take active part in relevant clusters of projects, participate in cluster meetings, and present selected results at these meetings.

Contribution to standards and regulatory bodies

The project as a whole will take part in standardisation activities the major industrial partners will be involved through their participation in major standardisation and opinion forming bodies (IETF, ITU-T, ETSI, FSAN, BBF, IEEE and 3GPP). DISCUS will push for open interfaces and protocols and look for flexible solutions that enable competitor differentiation where possible e.g. using software defined functions and FPGA hardware modules.. DISCUS will open discussions with national and European telecommunications regulatory bodies, in addition to indirect contributions, through established links via the partners in the project, which are also expected. DISCUS will produce white papers with recommendations for possible ways forward for progressive regulation for a future network based on the principles of the flexible DISCUS network architecture. The core DISCUS partners will initiate discussions with their national telecoms regulators where appropriate and practicable. In addition contacts will be sort with the recently formed Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).


All partners will disseminate project information using printed media in relevant
channels as and when required for the optimum benefit to the project.

Press Releases

In order to widen the dissemination net and also to publicise newsworthy project events or forthcoming events (in order to maximise attendance), press releases will be released to the media in a timely manner.

White papers

White papers will also be used to provoke wider debate these will be targeted at sites such as light/heavy reading, as well as the project website, some also being used for webinars.

Electronic Mailing List

In order to maintain valuable contact with interested parties, i.e. those parties that subscribe to the mailing list in the project’s website, an electronic email will be sent periodically, informing the target audience (which will include the appropriate contacts with regulatory bodies in the partner countries and the European body BEREC) about the latest developments in the project (and forthcoming events).