South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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Survey report on existing telecommunication networks, passive infrastructures and operators in selected SEE areas

The primarygoalof this survey was to map and catalogue the existing telecommunication networks, passive infrastructures and operators of broadband networks in South East Europe. The survey aimed to make a comparative analysis per country and identify possible obstacles that prevent their wide spread. To achieve all these, a suitable questionnaire was created, organized in four directions, as it was described in the previous section:

  • Technology
  • Quality of Service
  • Operators
  • General Issues

Questions about the technologies used try to record the current situation for wired, wireless and mobile broadband connections. The reader can find questions for most of the different types of modern technologies (DSL, Cable, Fiber, WiFi, WiMax, UMTS, LTE, etc.). Questions of this group aim to record the penetration of each different technology in every country as a whole, but in parallel, they distinguish between urban and rural regions, trying to find possible delays.

Questions about the quality of service try to record the average speeds for supported technologies, distinguishing between urban and rural regions.

Questions of the third group (operators) try to record the current situation for national coverage operators in the frame of competition and offered technologies.

Finally, the questions of the 4rd group, consider general issues about operators, trying to identify possible obstacles in the penetration of technologies offered and the degree of competition.

To collect the results UoP created an online survey including the final questionnaire with the use of the LimeSurvey tool. Unique tokens were generated and delivered to all partners, to keep the survey eponymous. The survey was installed at the following URL:

The questionnaire, which was filled by all partners, addressed various target groups like service providers/network operators, citizens, businesses, local authorities (municipalities, prefectures, etc). Desk research (mainly) and interviews have been used by all partners to collect the data for their corresponding regions/countries. In case of participation of more than one partner for the same country, unique national results have been collected.

The report of this task presents the survey results analytically per country (in alphabetical order). The questionnaire proved quite demanding and most of the partners faced a lot of difficulties to answer many of the questions.

Author: Vasileios Kokkinos

Updated: 14-11-2013 20:13


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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