South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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On the right track with broadband - Guide for municipalities, provinces and housing associations
Type: Policy reports
Region: EU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

Central governments and the municipalities and provinces all want to promote broadband. This document has been put together to provide a practical guide on how to initiate broadband, dynamically and responsibly. In this publication, several rules are described, together with the aproach taken to them in practice.
The above-mentioned rules include European and national rules on the role an position of the government in respect of broadband activities. For example, the European Commission has issued a number of important statements on the provision of (stait) aid to broadband projects. These statements have provided more clarity on the scope that exists for authorities in relation to broadband activities. An analysis of these statements has been included in this publication.

At a national level, the Cabinet has made a number of recommendations on how broadband can be pomoted, taking into consideration the healthy competitive market. In this guide, these recommendations will be illustrated on the basis of appropriate examples from the field. Information on these initiatives may be relevant for several projects. Incidentally, the intention was not to provide an exhaustive summary of all the various initiatives.

National strategy for development of broadband access in Republic of Bulgaria
Type: Policy reports
Region: Bulgaria
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

Republic of Bulgaria as a Member State of the European Union embraces the strategic objectives of the Lisbon strategy – ‘to improve quality of life of it’s citizens by 2010, the European Union must become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social integration. Citizens and businesses should have access to inexpensive communications infrastructure on a global level’.
Increasingly broadband connectivity is recognised as one of the basic instruments for enabling major improvements in economic and social wellbeing. Widespread, high-speed access can deliver significant increases in GDP, expand employment, increase international competitiveness and improve quality of life.
Broadband connectivity can also enhance community cohesion through novel and enhanced communications as well as deliver better choice and convenience for families and individuals in work and other aspects of daily life.
The aim of the National strategy for development of broadband in Republic of Bulgaria is to present a unified approach to the development of the broadband for the achievement of long-term strategic results. Broadband connectivity is a key component for the development, adoption and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the economy and in society.
National strategy for development of broadband access in Republic of Bulgaria is for the period 2007-2013.

International Cables, Gateways, Backhaul and International Exchange Points
Type: Policy reportsResearch papers
Region: ItalyAustriaGreeceSloveniaOther
Technology: DSLCableMobileSatellite

This report focuses on the development of backhaul and cross-border networks, which enable local networks to connect to the wider Internet. These local networks may cover a city, a region or even a country. To connect their networks to other networks around the world, operators need access to regional and international high-speed networks. The level of investment required in these networks varies and can be very different from region to region.

Mobile Broadband: Pricing and Services
Type: Policy reportsResearch papers
Region: AustriaOther
Technology: DSLFTTxMobile

Although, the number of OECD countries that publish data on the number of mobile broadband subscribers is not large, growth is significant in markets where data are available. This paper provides an overview of prices, speeds and data caps of mobile broadband services. 99 and 58 operators in OECD countries are providing USB modem based and handset based services respectively with WCDMA/ CDMA-2000 technologies, while 4 are providing mobile broadband access with WiMAX technologies.

EU policy and opportunities for promoting broadband investment
Type: Policy reportsPresentations
Region: EU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

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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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