EU ICT News
Günther H. Oettinger welcomed the 5G Manifesto presented by key players in the telecoms industry and sectors which will use 5G technologies and services in the future. The manifesto is a valuable input for the 5G Action Plan that will be presented in September, together with the proposal for the review of the telecom regulatory framework.
The European Commission has launched a call for tender for the study on implementation and monitoring of measures under the broadband Cost Reduction Directive (Directive 61/2014). The study will examine the implementation of the cost reduction measures in the Member States, map progress in their application and identify best practices. The call is open until 8 August.
Member States have been invited to reinforce their capacity to plan and implement broadband measures in ESIF programmes through Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) tailored to the regional and/or local situation. The European Commission is now planning to set up a Support Facility that will help BCOs share their experiences in a European network. Deadline for submitting applications is 12 September.
The European Commission has found Italy's high-speed broadband plan, with a budget of about EUR 4 billion, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme will bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available, without unduly distorting competition.
Project promoters can register a project (min. EUR 10 million) in the EIPP and reach out to a large network of international investors. This portal brings in investors looking for opportunities in broadband and other infrastructures (energy efficiency, transport, healthcare, renewable energy) or in SMEs financing. The EIPP boosts visibility of EU investment by providing a central, harmonised & structured platform.