<ul><li>Local Broadband Projects:  The role of public policy in  stimulating digital growth   </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Ducate...
Broadband and Economic Recovery: some key messages <ul><li>Access to an affordable high speed broadband infrastructure  fu...
Broadband and Economic Recovery <ul><li>Europe needs to restructure its economy  now </li></ul><ul><li>to be strong in the...
EU Broadband Penetration Rate January 2009 Korea January 2008  43,1 EU US and Canada Japan and 50 100 99,2 81,6 81,6 Broad...
Least expensive Broadband  offer for 1Mb access line 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 CY SK LT BG BE PL ES PT RO DK LU MT DE LV U...
Broadband penetration gap  more and less developed M.S. From 8.5% in 2003 to 18.7% in 2005 and 28 points in 2008 Penetrati...
Correlation broadband  price/penetration  EU 27 Inverse correlation prices/penetration  ( higher broadband penetration low...
Broadband and Economic Recovery: EU actions <ul><li>June 2008, Council calls on Member States to  define ambitious targets...
The challenges ahead for  an EU BB strategy <ul><li>Move to a high speed internet </li></ul><ul><li>Open access and intern...
Next steps <ul><li>Greater regulatory certainty for (potential) investors in BB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agreement on telecom...
Exchanges of good practice B3 Project <ul><li>Only thematic network on broadband in “Regions for Economic Change” </li></u...
The role of the European Broadband Portal <ul><li>http://www.broadband-europe.eu / </li></ul><ul><li>Portal aims: </li></u...
Commission Support to B3 Regions <ul><li>Main Contact:  DG Information Society & Media – </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address]...
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  • Ken Ducatel (DG Info Society): Local Broadband Policies in Europe - Public Action to Boost Growth and Stimulate Services

    1. 1. <ul><li>Local Broadband Projects: The role of public policy in stimulating digital growth </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Ducatel </li></ul><ul><li>Head of Unit “ Lisbon Strategy and i2010” </li></ul><ul><li>DG Information Society and Media </li></ul><ul><li>iBRUSSELS: </li></ul><ul><li>Urbanity And Technology, </li></ul><ul><li>Close Encounters Of A Certain Kind </li></ul><ul><li>30 April 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>VUB, Brussels </li></ul>
    2. 2. Broadband and Economic Recovery: some key messages <ul><li>Access to an affordable high speed broadband infrastructure fundamental element for individuals, enterprises and governments at all level </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband is key to maintaining social contacts, cultural and political participation, finding jobs, learning skills, accessing information, accessing markets and cutting costs. </li></ul><ul><li>ICT accounts for half the EU productivity growth : (broadband development could create 1 million jobs in Europe to 2015 and extra growth of €850bn) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Broadband and Economic Recovery <ul><li>Europe needs to restructure its economy now </li></ul><ul><li>to be strong in the high-speed and low-carbon post-crisis economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Europe world leader in broadband take-up: </li></ul><ul><li>December 2008 penetration rate 23% Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Finland among world leaders </li></ul><ul><li>But: </li></ul><ul><li>Large gaps between Member states and between regions: </li></ul><ul><li>Income, PC ownership, digital literacy, education, demographics, personal attitudes, cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Europe is falling behind on high speed broadband </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P2P, Social Networks, IPTV, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coverage of rural areas not complete </li></ul><ul><li>Average EU Member State coverage 93%. 30% of rural population no high speed internet </li></ul>
    4. 4. EU Broadband Penetration Rate January 2009 Korea January 2008 43,1 EU US and Canada Japan and 50 100 99,2 81,6 81,6 Broadband lines per region (million)
    5. 5. Least expensive Broadband offer for 1Mb access line 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 CY SK LT BG BE PL ES PT RO DK LU MT DE LV UK EE SI FI HU NL IE Total cost per month in €/PPP, VAT included January 07 Price of broadband offers in the EU vary considerably from a country to another: (taking into account PPP - purchase power parity)
    6. 6. Broadband penetration gap more and less developed M.S. From 8.5% in 2003 to 18.7% in 2005 and 28 points in 2008 Penetration gap widens : from 3.4 % points in 2003 to 20% points in 2008 8.5% 13.5% 19.2% 25.2% 31.9% 35.6% 7.6% 4.4% 1.4% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 3.4 20.0 16.3 12.8 8.6 5.9 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 BB penetration level MAX MIN EU AVERAGE Diference in % points
    7. 7. Correlation broadband price/penetration EU 27 Inverse correlation prices/penetration ( higher broadband penetration lower prices) Other factors beyond price affect penetration (coverage, quality of service, income, education, PC penetration, etc. 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Least expensive price for a 1-2 Mbs monthly broadband access (€/PPP), April 2007 Broadband penetration, July 2007 EL: Out of scale. Data on prices for AT, CZ, IT, FR and SE not available DK SK BG PL RO LT HU LV MT PT SI IE ES EE DE UK BE LU FI NL
    8. 8. Broadband and Economic Recovery: EU actions <ul><li>June 2008, Council calls on Member States to define ambitious targets for broadband penetration at the national level, to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reach an EU average broadband penetration of 30% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and national penetration level of at least 15% by 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>November 2008, the Commission proposes the Economic Recovery plan: </li></ul><ul><li>€ 5 bn for trans-European energy interconnections and broadband infrastructure projects </li></ul><ul><li>Commission, Member States and stakeholders to develop a broadband strategy </li></ul><ul><li>f ocus on under-served and high cost areas where the market does not deliver. </li></ul><ul><li>The aim: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reach 100% coverage of high speed internet by 2010. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>upgrade existing infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote competitive investments in fibre networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>endorse the Commission's proposals to free up spectrum for wireless broadband. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>20 March 2009, European Leaders approve €1.02bn for Broadband and Innovative CAP Measures in Rural Areas and calls for EU strategy for Broadband . </li></ul>
    9. 9. The challenges ahead for an EU BB strategy <ul><li>Move to a high speed internet </li></ul><ul><li>Open access and internet neutrality </li></ul><ul><li>Seamless access between fixed and mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching 100% broadband </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban rural gap is gradually being overcome: the 1 extra Billion Euro will contribute to this effort. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take-up coverage gap </li></ul>
    10. 10. Next steps <ul><li>Greater regulatory certainty for (potential) investors in BB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agreement on telecom package </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGA Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Aid Guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overall strategy by end of 2009 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Exchanges of good practice B3 Project <ul><li>Only thematic network on broadband in “Regions for Economic Change” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regions leaning from each other: self-help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand aggregation: Yorkshire UK December 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State aid: (Catalo ñ a, 12-13 March 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synergies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>with Broadband Platform: www.broadband-europe.eu on to-do list for broadband projects: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help to non-partners (workshops, events and maintaining contacts for exchanging information and experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conference in Turin (2-3 April) joint conference with the EC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on B3 results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information day for rural development authorities on €1 billion for BB </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. The role of the European Broadband Portal <ul><li>http://www.broadband-europe.eu / </li></ul><ul><li>Portal aims: </li></ul><ul><li>to contribute to the opening and transparency of the broadband market in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>To act as a virtual meeting point between ICT suppliers and local and regional public authorities. </li></ul><ul><li>one-stop-shop information platform on broadband: facilitating the exchange of ideas, experiences and good practices. Includes the publication of calls for tender for publicly financed broadband projects from all over Europe. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Commission Support to B3 Regions <ul><li>Main Contact: DG Information Society & Media – </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in follow-up : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DG Regional Policy – Unit for thematic coordination, innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DG Informatics – Unit for European eGovernment Services (IDABC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joint Research Centre – Unit for Spatial data infrastructures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DG Enterprise & Industry – Unit ICT for Competitiveness and Innovation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Associated: R EGIO country desks of regions involved </li></ul><ul><li>Ad Hoc Involvement : </li></ul><ul><li>DG Competition: Unit on State Aid </li></ul><ul><li>DG AGRI: Rural Development issues </li></ul>

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