South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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The European Union’s Broadband Challenge
Type: Research papers
Region: EU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite


Even though it is often idealized as a technologically connected continent, Europe's broadband system is actually highly framgmented and in great need of overall improvement. The American market-led approach of facilities-based competition has resulted in greater investment in next-generation broadband technologies. Many European leaders are increasingly abandoning their regulatory approach and looking to the US broadband model.
The European Union should simplify and reduce regulation of broadband providers, remove barriers to consolidation and embrace a market - led, technology-neutral approach to broadband.


Fast Forward » How the speed of the internet will develop between now and 2020
Type: Research papers
Region: EU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

This study provides insight of the future upload and download bandwidth demand for residential broadband connections, by answering the following research question:
How will upload and download bandwidth change between now and 2020?
Dutch consultancy Dialogic and the Eindhoven University of Technology were commissioned by NLkabel and Cable Europe to carry out this study. Dialogic is an independent research consultancy, focused on innovation and specializing in telecommunications. The Eindhoven University of Technology is a large research and educational institute and has already collaborated with Dialogic on a variety of projects.
It is important to recognize that residential broadband speed demand has a very diverse character. Households vary considerably in their intensity of use, the type of applications they use their connection for, and the amount of traffic these applications generate. In this study, we address this diversity by differentiating between different categories of users and our overall outcomes are averages over these categories. While the development of the demand for upload speed is related to that of download speeds, their developmentsa are not necessarily identical. Among other things, download speeds are sometimes more critical to users as they are often "waiting" to consume content of use an applicationj, while they are typically less pressed when uploading data. However, down - and upload speeds are closely entwined.

In this study, a prospective quantitave model of bandwidth demand was developped in order to answer the research question.


Quality of Broadband Services in the EU
Type: Research papers
Region: ItalyAustriaBulgariaGreeceSloveniaEU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

This document is the second in a series of reports, which have been commissioned by the European Commission and will be completed by SamKnows over a three year period. For the purposes of this study 9,467 households across the European Union were given a specially configured hardware device (SamKnows Whitebox), which runs a series of purpose-built tests to measure every aspect of Internet performance.

Together the document provides a comprehensive explanation of the project, the purpose, the test methodology and the analysis of performance against key indicators across the EU.


U.S. vs. European Broadband Deployment: What Do the Data Say?
Type: Research papers
Region: EU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

As the Internet becomes more important to our everyday lives, commentators debate over the best policies and models to drive even more widespread adoption and deployment of broadband technologies. Some claim the European model of service-based competition, induced by stiff telephone-style regulation, outperforms the facilities-based competition practiced in the U.S. in promoting broadband. Data analyzed for this report reveals, however, that the U.S. led in many broadband metrics in 2011 and 2012.


Very high speed broadband deployment in Europe: The Netherlands and Bulgaria compared
Type: Research papers
Region: BulgariaEUOther
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

Europe is trailing Japan, South-Korea and the USA in the deployment of very high speed broadband networks like FTTH and FTTB. Deployment and adoption over various European countries is however very uneven. The roll out of Next Generation Access networks in Bulgaria, a developing Eastern European nation, and the Netherlands, the current OECD Broadband penetration per capita leader, are compared at the national and subnational level. The case studies are based on data from surveying users, expert interviews and collected statistics. Both countries show the fastest deployment of new infrastructure occurs in areas where citizens (organize to) wire up their neighborhoods lead by (local) entrepreneurs who bypassed incumbents.

Footdragging incumbents induced entry by industry outsiders deploying new high bandwidth technologies in both countries, but very different institutional contexts strongly affected the market outcome. The case studies show which factors contributed to the current high ranking in international bandwidth performance indices of both countries. The study explains why Bulgaria today has 670 high - bandwidth service providers, while in the Netherlands FTTH roll out rapidly consolidated into the business of a few construction firms, real estate owners and pension funds who shifted the market from broadband services to selling (unbundled) fibre as the benchmark product.


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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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