THD Platform – Paris

The “Très Haut Dèbit” (THD) or High Speed Broadband experimentation platform gathers resources and technical means to help businesses prototype and develop their innovative digital services and contents on optical-fibre high speed broadband networks. It is also a pole for monitoring strategies of industrialist involved in the FTTH network value chain and an emerging digital usage observatory. The THD Platform gathers a dozen of public and private partners around the Cap Digital Paris Region Competitiveness Cluster and hosts FTTH network on-line service and digital content experimentation projects.

The THD Platform is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), by the French state via the Single Inter-Ministry Fund (FUI) that supports Competitiveness Cluster research and development projects coordinated by the General Directorate for Competitiveness Clusters research and development projects coordinated by the General Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS) that is part of the Ministry for Industry, and via the Regional Directorate for Industry, Research and Environment (DRIRE Ile-de-France), by the Caisse des Dèpôts, by several local communities, by the Ile-de-France Region and by Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis and Yvelines Departments. Oséo, a public body that supports technological innovation and SMEs´ growth, is also a partner of the THD Platform.

The THD Platform benefited from an amount of public funds of M€6.3 out of a total 3-year (2008-2010) M€9 investment and operation budget.

Moreover, the THD experimentation Platform lies at the heart of the Ile-de-France Region Living Lab, a Cap Digital Competitiveness Cluster´s “usage laboratory”, which was granted the European label “Living Labs” in November 2008 by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

The THD platform is the recipient of an Innovation Award for Business & Services Innovations, awarded by the FTTH Council Europe. The award was received Thursday, February 25 in Lisbon during the FTTH Conference 2010 by the business cluster Cap Digital, head of the THD platform resource cluster, a twelve public and private partner consortium. The FTTH Council Europe gave out the awards to innovation initiatives in fiber networks, including technological innovations, deployment and exploitation of networks, and commercial and service innovations. The prizes were attributed by a committee of experts, academic institutions, analysts and specialized journalists.

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