Tender: Study on Cost Reduction of Deploying High-speed Electronic Communications Networks
Belgium, 13 June 2016
The Cost Reduction initiative was introduced with the general objective of stimulating broadband investment and rollout throughout the EU, in line with the Digital Agenda targets.
The specific objective of the Cost Reduction initiative is to reduce the costs of rolling out high-speed broadband infrastructure (taking into account the varied national practices), providing for a minimum harmonisation that helps to remove barriers to the Digital Single Market. This specific objective must be seen within the general objective of stimulating broadband investment and rollout throughout the EU, in line with the Digital Agenda targets.
The objective of the measures introduced by the Directive is to reduce the cost of deployment, in order to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure closer to Member States' populations which are currently deprived of such networks. According to COCOM (Communications Committee) data, there are significant variations throughout the EU in the level of high-speed broadband take-up. For example, the coverage for NGA (Nextgeneration access) varies from some 36.6 % in Greece to 100 % in Malta, and the number of high-speed broadband subscriptions as a percentage of the population varies from 0.6 % in Hungary to 28 % in Belgium. By reducing the deployment cost, the measures would in particular enable deployment in areas where it would not be economically viable without such measures. The novelty of the approach consists in its cross-sector scope: it applies not only to electronic communications network providers, but also to certain utilities owning infrastructure suitable for electronic communications network deployment.
The threefold objective of the study is to:
Define a comprehensive methodology for data collection and mapping of the implementation and application progress in Member States, develop a baseline scenario, and perform data collection and analysis in view of supporting the review on the implementation of the Cost Reduction Directive to be presented by the Commission by 1 July 2018 in accordance with Article 12 of the Directive. In particular, the study should feed the review report by providing a summary of the impacts of the measures provided by this Directive and an assessment of the progress towards achieving its objectives, including whether the Directive could further contribute to serving more demanding broadband needs than those set out in the Digital Agenda targets.
Support the implementation (in particular cross-sector cooperation) of the Directive, by examining its implementation, identifying best practices and reaching conclusions. Identify key elements to support cross-sector infrastructure sharing and co-deployment (e.g. Utilities) and potential synergies (e.g. with smart grid deployment), as well as identifying new business models and innovation in the area.
Analyse any standardisation work regarding high-speed-ready in-building infrastructure and use of 'broadband-ready labels'.
Submission Deadline: 8 August 2016
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