South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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Common policy approaches and suggested measures to maximize the use and sharing of physical infrastructures in broadband deployment

This report is the deliverable of Activity 5.3.2 of the SIVA project, which constitutes the second part of activity 5.3 entitled “Promotion of cost reduction strategies by facilitating the sharing of physical infrastructures for network deployment in South East Europe”. In the context of WP5, which works towards promoting the exchange of experiences, consultation processes and coordination of strategies and plans related to the development of broadband infrastructures, this report aims to put forward common policy approaches and suggested measures to maximise the use and sharing of available physical infrastructures in broadband network deployment for SEE areas.
Building upon the provisions of the recommendation of the COM(2010)4724 communication and of the Directive 2002/21/EC5 related to the right of public authorities to require the disclosure of the existence and condition of local access infrastructure from operators with the aim of stimulating competition, this deliverable provides specific policy recommendations and consensus-building approaches in order to set the basis for a comprehensive regulatory framework that will surround infrastructure sharing and will enable the acceleration of broadband deployment synergies with the purpose to promote broadband investments and eventually bridge the digital divide. In a nutshell, the report is outlined as follows: section 2 provides a comprehensive analysis of the potential in investing in broadband in terms of economic growth and social cohesion; section 3 provides a policy analysis of the measure of infrastructure describing the political background as well as identifying sources of values and challenges and section 4 concludes with the provision of policy recommendations and suggested measures that national authorities should embrace in order to support infrastructure sharing.

Author: PEDDM

Updated: 07-09-2014 16:08


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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