South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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 Aim of the project


SIVA aims to deliver tangible and long-term structural changes on virtual accessibility strategies in partners' territories. Specifically, partners' virtual accessibility and broadband planning strategies will be improved through the project activities that will provide evidence on:

    1. the quality of experience with broadband access in South East Europe,
    2. the most cost-effective technological solutions to expand broadband coverage, and
    3. the cost savings, simplicity and speed of deployment that can be achieved through sharing infrastructures.


The South East Europe territories of partners will:

    1. improve their capabilities for mobilising funds,
    2. foster investments with the best value for money in return for virtual accessibility,
    3. benefit from the experiences of their peers, and
    4. jointly develop and use methodologies and support tools.




Challenges to be tackled


South East Europe territories, as compared to the EU average on broadband services, are burdened by the following problems:

    1. Accessibility gap
        1. Poor infrastructure (telecommunications) 
        2. Fragmentation (disparities in penetration) 
        3. Market failure (for rural and remote areas)
    2. Policy / Administrative gap
        1. Lack of shared knowledge (need for common analysis) 
        2. Administrative barriers (legal / institutional frameworks) 
        3. Poor investment incentives (for rural and remote areas)



Main project results


In view of the abovementioned shortcomings, the SIVA project will deliver the following main outcomes for addressing local, regional, and national needs:

    1. Technical
        1. Online platform to monitor broadband experience of citizens & businesses
        2. Geo-spatial analysis tools to improve network infrastructure planning and deployment.
    2. Policies
        1. Common policy approaches on radio spectrum management, and on mapping existing infrastructures to reduce network deployment costs
        2. Joint policy positions for fine-tuned regional plans.
    3. Financing
        1. New financing mechanisms to set public-private partnerships for broadband investments.

The SIVA project is being funded under Priority Axis 3 – Improvement of the Accessibility of the South East Europe Programme, achieving the corresponding objectives through the Area of Intervention (AoI) 3.2 – Develop strategies to tackle the 'digital divide'.

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