COPERNICAT is privately held by me, Jeroen Boschma. On this page I’ll explain a bit about us.
Electronics, computers and software had my interest since I was a teenager, and it was no more than logical to follow a study program at the Electrical Engineering faculty of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. After obtaining my master degree in 1997 I started working at the Dutch research organization TNO where I am, or have been, active in projects mainly concerning broadband communications. The main topics in those projects include HFC-networks, ADSL/VDSL/G.fast technologies, laser fed Very High Throughput Satellites and radar signature software. Most of my work in these projects consists of setting up theoretical analyses and writing simulation software.
Although the beta version of COPERNICAT was released in April 2021, its history goes back much further. Already in 2000 TNO started development of the HFC-network planning tool UTOPIC, from then on used by almost all large Dutch cable operators. Virtually all research, development and maintenance was done by me until 2016 when UTOPIC was declared ‘end-of-life’. Some time later I started to privately develop a new software tool for analyzing HFC-networks and this tool became COPERNICAT (Computer Optimized Performance Evaluation of Rasters and Networks In Copper Access Topologies). COPERNICAT is designed and written completely from scratch: every signal-theoretical aspect was researched again in detail and for all calculations new and more efficient algorithms were developed. This makes COPERNICAT a very versatile and powerful tool for analyzing HFC-networks.
COPERNICAT is a private business, and there is no connection whatsoever with my employer.