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Contribution of satellite systems to 100% EU broadband coverage
Type: Project deliverablesPresentations
Region: EU
Technology: Satellite

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.

Type: Project deliverablesPress
Region: EU
Technology: Mobile

It constitutes a special report created in the frameworks of EurActiv. The articles - contents of the publication are as follows:

Kroes’ future? ‘I’m not going to grow roses’
Investment piles up on 5G development
Industry warns radio frequencies may become scarcer than oil
Europe tries to move towards an open and safe cloud
Mobile streaming in the spotlight at World Congress

Net!Works White Paper on ”Economic impact of the ICT sector”
Type: Project deliverables
Region: EUOther
Technology: DSLFTTxMobile

The new European Union framework research program Horizon 2020 for the financial period 2014 to 2020 is currently under preparation. With respect to the overall limited funding budget different sectors are investigated and they have to provide arguments on their economic impact and importance for Europe. Therefore, this paper provides information from the ICT and in particular the communications networks perspective.

This paper is describing economic aspects of the ICT sector in a global context. The global ICT market is huge, where Europe has a share of about 25%. However, the European market is stagnating compared to other regions. Studies have shown that the availability of broadband access has positive impacts on GDP growth and employment. Therefore, the availability of broadband access is essential for a positive economic development. User penetration and traffic are growing, which offer a high potential for the ICT industry to deploy communication networks. However, the limited available frequency spectrum and economic conditions for the investment for system deployment versus charging models provides economic challenges for the sector and requires an investment friendly environment.

Optical fibres, cables and systems
Type: Project deliverables
Region: Other
Technology: DSLCableFTTx

This report, is actually a guide for what is the optical fibres and the optical cables. This manual includes information about their characteristics/attributes, their installation, the nodes and their active and passive components etc. in this report the installation of an optical system is described, as well as their application and the requirement that relate to their maintenance and safety and environmenta aspects.

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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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