Expected Benefits from the OneFIT concept

OneFIT will be the project that will enable operators to efficiently expand their business and service offerings through opportunistic networks and the respective cognitive management systems. This is also to the benefit of other stakeholders, namely, application/ service providers and manufacturers as well as the users who will be provided with applications/ services more efficiently (as explained below).

Further anticipated benefits of the OneFIT solution are summarized in the following points:

  • Value creation through the support of more scenarios. Operators and service providers are enabled to provide applications/services in difficult situations, e.g., when the infrastructure has limited coverage or exhibits congested access. In the first case the opportunistic network can be used for offering the required coverage and capacity. In the latter case the opportunistic network can be used as means for bridging traffic sources to an alternative access point within the infrastructure (to which potentially additional spectrum can be assigned). Moreover, the third and fourth scenarios enable operators to exploit localized application/ content provision, which will be increasingly common due to social networking applications, as well as the automated development of products and delivery of services through wireless means.

  • Increased utilization of resources. In all cases there is the temporary assignment of spectrum to the opportunistic network (e.g., for the communication of the participant terminals/ devices, femtoBSs, etc.). As introduced, the operator has the freedom to designate the resources that can be used by an opportunistic network (i.e., they can set the operational scope). Therefore, resources that are under-utilized and available in a particular local area can be allocated by the operator for use by opportunistic networks.

  • Lower transmission power levels, energy consumption, traffic load. Especially, in the third and fourth scenario there is need for lower transmission powers, as there is also reduction of data/ control traffic load that goes through the infrastructure. In general, these lead to lower energy consumption in the infrastructure. All these are management decisions that possess a larger "green" footprint.

  • Cost efficient handling of various situations including unexpected or not-frequently occurring events. Handling can be done at lower levels of the total cost of ownership. Such cost reductions can lead to better and more affordable services to the user. Cognitive systems, through their self-management and learning capabilities, lead to reduction in the OPEX and customer relation management costs, as they take off the complexity and manual intervention for deploying and re-configuring network segments or for achieving appropriate, personalized application/service provision. It may also be the case that the use of opportunistic networks can relax the need for worst-case based planning, and therefore, these structures can also lead to CAPEX reduction.

  • The factors identified above are associated with quantitative criteria. The list will be elaborated in the course of the project.