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Broadband and infrastructure mapping study - SMART 2012 / 0022 Draft Final report (preliminary version March 24th 2014)
Type: Project deliverablesResearch papers
Region: EUAll
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

The study is carried out by TÜV Rheinland Consulting (Berlin / Cologne, Germany) and subcontractor WIK Consult (Bad Honnef, Germany). Contracting authority is the European Commission, DG Connect Directorate B Unit 5 Broadband in Brussels.

The present document is the First Interim Report of the “Broadband and infrastructure mapping study SMART 2012 / 0022”) which has been commissioned to a consortium of TÜV Rheinland and WIK-Consult by the European Commission in June 2013.
The background for the present study is the Digital Agenda Europe in general and the proposal of the European Commission on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks in particular. In order to support the achievent of the broadband related objectives of the Digital Agenda Europe, reliable and valid information on e.g. existing infrastructures, broadband services already offered, etc. is fundamental. Indeed, it is obvious that efficient and pertinent planning and decision making processes require to be based on appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative information. Likewise, such information might be able to inform citizens and authorities on the current broadband situation. Against this backdrop, the overaching objective of the present study is to develop a coherent and comprehensive broadband mapping methodology that is applicable in all EU member states and can adapt to various mapping contexts such as service mapping or envestment mapping. The study, thus, aims at providing Member States with guidance as to how to set up a sophicated, accurate and useful broadband mapping.


The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014
Type: Web resources
Region: AllOther
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobile

The World Economic Forum’s Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance through its Global Competitiveness Report and report series, aims to mirror the business operating environment and competitiveness of over 140 economies worldwide. The report series identify advantages as well as impediments to national growth thereby offering a unique benchmarking tool to the public and private sectors as well as academia and civil society.The Centre works with a network of Partner Institutes as well as leading academics worldwide to ensure the latest thinking and research on global competitiveness are incorporated into its reports.


White paper - Open Access Demands on FTTx Network Technology
Type: Research papers
Region: AllOther
Technology: FTTx

This white paper is aimed primarily at people and businesses dealing with the commercial and technical planning of FTTx networks. Both aspects will be looked at and different models compared. The environment and the demands on FTTx networks will be described.


Planning Broadband Infrastructure - a reference model
Type: Research papers
Region: EUAllOther
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

This report will explain the network planning for establishing the Broadband IT Infrastructure. The main intention is to provide a comprehensive guideline to speed up the on going and intent planning of next generation IT infrastructure. This report intends for network planners, decision makers and other interested parties. It will be worthwhile to mention that the report will provide guidelines only at a higher level. The detailed or technical level planning process is out of the scope of this report.


Broadband Strategies Handbook
Type: Policy reports
Region: AllOther
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

The Broadband Strategies Handbook is a guide for policy makers, regulators and other relevant stakeholders as they address issues related to broadband development. It aims to help readers, particularly those in developing countries, by identifyig issues and challenges in broadband development, analyzing potential solutions to consider, and providing practical examples from countries that have addressed broadband - related matters.


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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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