With an aging population, stagnant economy and raging youth unemployment, Europe’s future hangs in the balance. Our competitive edge has long been partly based on having excellent infrastructure, where lately broadband access has risen in importance. In regions largely lacking a copper network, like much of Asia and Africa, broadband infrastructure can either be deployed using fibre at great expense or provided through mobile networks, with mounting capacity challenges. Through, Europe with its rich copper infrastructure can achieve fibre-speeds at much lower cost and much faster than many other regions, thus leveraging our earlier infrastructure investments. Boosting European competitiveness is the driving motivation behind the series of three CELTIC projects (4GBB, HFCC/ and this project GOLD). European communications industry and operators have a strong position and ensuring their continued technical leadership is an additional ambition of the project.