The EU's broadband strategy
Broadband Europe promotes the Commission's strategy on Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society by 2025 as well as the vision set by the Digital Decade for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030 to connect European citizens and businesses with very high-capacity networks, which will enable innovative products, services and applications to all citizens and business across the EU.
This Gigabit Society vision for 2025 relies on three main strategic objectives:
- Gigabit connectivity for all of the main socio-economic drivers;
- uninterrupted 5G coverage for all urban areas and major terrestrial transport paths;
- access to connectivity offering at least 100 Mbps for all European households.
The ambition of the Digital Decade is that by 2030:
- all European households are covered by a Gigabit network;
- all populated areas are covered by 5G.
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. Project managers can find more information on the website, as well as refer to the Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) network, which brings together experts to discuss and share technical support for broadband deployment. 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.
Connecting Europe Broadband Fund
In 2017, the Commission, together with the European Investment Bank, launched the fund to develop broadband network infrastructure across underserved areas of Europe. Under the Connecting Europe Facility, the Commission invested a 100 million Euro into the fund. The fund combines private and public investments to support the financing of smaller scale, higher risk broadband projects. The projects will help the Commission achieve connectivity objectives through projects carried out by startups and small companies, deploying the best-performing, available tech in underserved areas. Find out more about the fund.
Find current information on broadband development in each country, as well as national strategies and policies for developing broadband.
This a non-exhaustive list of terms relevant to broadband.
The European Broadband Awards is an event that recognises outstanding broadband deployment projects in Europe and highlights successful infrastructures.
The Commission reviewed the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive and proposed the Gigabit Infrastructure Act for the quick rollout of Gigabit connectivity.
The Broadband planning section helps municipalities and other entities in their planning of successful broadband development projects.
The European Broadband Competence Offices Network supports EU countries in reaching the Gigabit Society objectives and rolling out broadband.
EU rules enshrine the principle of open Internet access: internet traffic shall be treated without discrimination, blocking, throttling or prioritisation.
ICT specifications ensure that products can connect and interoperate with each other, boosting innovation, and keeping ICT markets open and competitive.
The EU's electronic communications policy improves competition, drives innovation, and boosts consumer rights within the European single market.
The connectivity toolbox offers guidance for the deployment of fibre and 5G networks. These networks will offer significant economic opportunities.
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5G is the critical new generation network technology that will enable innovation and support the digital transformation.
Need help? 112 is your life-saving number! 112 is the European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge.
As you travel across the EU, you can use your phone to call, text and use data just like you do at home. The minutes of calls, SMS and data that you use abroad in the EU are charged the same as at home.
Europeans pay lower and limited charges for, Intra-EU calls, or calling other EU countries.
Satellite broadband is available to provide fast internet connectivity throughout every EU country.