This excerpt taken from the TI 6-K filed Nov 19, 2008.
Telecom Italia Lab (TILab) is the Department whose remit is the supervision of technological innovation for the Group, scouting for new technologies and engineering operations for services and network platforms.
The technological innovation of the Telecom Italia Group is also the outcome of strategic partnerships with the main producers of telecommunications equipment and systems and with Research Centres of excellence at the most highly qualified national and international academic institutions (Turin and Milan Polytechnics, Berkley University, MIT). In this sphere, in the first six months of 2008, 15 new contracts were concluded with as many universities, covering research into various types of technology, encryption algorithms, services concepts, new paradigms of communication.
Scrolling through the various technological areas across which TILabs innovative operations range, reveals the areas of mobile access and fixed access, terminals and the home network, transport, control and tiers of services.
In the course of the first six months of 2008, in the field of mobile phone access, solutions were developed based on femtocell, which is an innovative way of making radio access possible.
In the sphere of the evolution of the converging Network architectures and of the diffusion of broadband, work has been conducted on the determination of likely solutions to support the evolution of optical access under the various scenarios available in the coming years.
In the sphere of the development of services based on content and applications, the development of innovations for specific groups of clients has continued. In particular: