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Inspired by: FP7 » Next generation peer-to-peer content delivery platform

version: 4 / updated: 2011-01-19
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 3 - ICT - Information & communication technologies

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructure

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)
P2P-NEXT (216217)

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Next generation peer-to-peer content delivery platform

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
P2P-Next develops an open source, efficient, trusted, personalized, user-centric, and participatory television and media delivery system with social and collaborative connotation using the emerging Peer-to-Peer (P2P) paradigm, which takes into account the existing EU legal framework. The current infrastructure of the Internet is not suited to simultaneous transmission of live events to millions of people (i.e. broadcasting). The TV set no longer has the monopoly of delivery of audiovisual content; the PC and mobile devices are also becoming increasingly important. In such heterogeneous and demanding environments, P2P-based technology is considered an essential ingredient for future efficient and low-cost delivery of professional and user created content. This development will have important consequences for the existing business models and institutions, as well as for content production, content distribution, and end user experience.


ICT, P2P, peer-to-peer, content delivery, internet infrastructure


(max. 250 characters)
The project TP2P-Next develops an open source media delivery system with social and collaborative connotation using the emerging P2P paradigm. This development will have important consequences for content production and distribution.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Increse efficiency of content delivery continuation
very beneficial
#2 Content providers may lose control over contnet distribution new/emerging


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Level 3: important for the European Union

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific New technologies
Economic Increasing demand for digital content

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 Content providers lose control over content distribution. Improvement of content distribution

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Regulation of content distribution process
Business actors (incl. SMEs) Application of new technologies
Academic/Research sector Development of new technologies
General public Respect the law related to content distribution

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Innovation dynamics Knowledge sharing may be improved

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.