South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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Telecommunications Association
Type: Service providers
Region: Bulgaria
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

The Telecommunications Association is founded on April 10th., 2002 as non-profit, non-governmental organization. It's members are already 50 reputable legal and natural persons, among which recognized public telecommunications operators, international and local manufactures and suppliers of communications equipment, legal and telecom consultants, IT and Internet businesses, the Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski" and the Technical Universities of Sofia as well the New Bulgarian University, the University of National and World Economy, the Higher College of Telecommunications and Post. The Telecommunications Association target is to combine efforts, strengths and potentials of as many as possible participants at the Bulgarian telecommunications market.

Key objectives of the Telecommunications Association are:

- Co-operation in elaborating of the new legal framework,
- Consulting the national policy and regulatory authorities in telecommunications market regulations,
- Participation in EU fostered programs,
- Promoting an improved information environment for telecommunications players.
- Enhancement of qualification and professional training of its members' staff,

The Association supports the business and professional relationships of its members, their ongoing dialogue with governmental authorities as the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, the Commission on Regulation of Communications, etc. The Association's would like to bring in local and foreign experts in Committees on issues like information technologies, R&S, legal, economic and others, directly relating to its members' activities. Furthermore, the Association plans to network others in the organizing of workshops, symposia and seminars, thematic exhibitions and other forms fostering the development of Bulgaria's telecommunications industry.

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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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