The EU's broadband strategy
Broadband Europe promotes the Commission's strategy on Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society to connect European citizens and businesses with with very high-capacity networks, which will enable innovative products, services and applications to all citizens and business across the EU.
This vision relies on three main strategic objectives for 2025:
- Gigabit connectivity for all of the main socio-economic drivers,
- uninterrupted 5G coverage for all urban areas and major terrestrial transport paths, and
- access to connectivity offering at least 100 Mbps for all European households.
In addition, the Commission's communication on Shaping Europe's digital future confirms the above 2025 targets and shares a vision of digital society, which is strongly rooted in our common values, and sets three key objectives: technology that works for people, a fair and competitive economy and an open, democratic and sustainable society.
These goals build upon the vision set for 2020: to give every European access to at least 30 Mbps connectivity, to provide half of European households with connectivity rates of 100 Mbps and bring 5G connectivity to at least one major city in each Member State.
Support for broadband rollout
EU businesses, national, regional and local authorities and project managers working on broadband deployment play a key role in reaching the EU's Connectivity objectives. The EU supports network deployment by offering guidance, facilitating sharing of best practices and informing citizens of network availability in their area.
The Broadband good practice database showcases more than 200 successful European broadband projects, some of which are highlighted in the European Broadband Awards. In addition, a lot of information is available to guide policy makers and businesses through investing in broadband development, finding technological solutions, as well as choosing the right business models, financing tools and measures to reduce the costs of broadband deployment.
The Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) network informs citizens and businesses about broadband developments in their regions and countries, while it brings together experts to discuss and share technical support for broadband deployment to local and regional authorities.
Rural and remote areas are a particular challenge for attracting investment in broadband networks. The Broadband Handbook for rural and remote areas helps policy makers and broadband project managers to rollout high-speed networks in challenging areas.