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Modern, cost-effective communications play a key role in connecting outlying and less advanced regions of the European Community to the mainstream of economic and social development. The less-favoured regions lag behind the rest of the Community in the development of telecommunications in the following areas: i) network infrastructure and ease of access to main networks: integrated service digital network (ISDN), data networks, mobile communications networks, etc., and ii) provision of advanced telecommunications services, such as access to databases (especially those using videotex), office automation services, electronic mail services, mobile communications services and teleworking services. In these regions, knowledge of such services is generally still very limited in the business community, made up largely of small companies; in practice, the only investments in telecommunications are in basic telephone services. Ignorance of advanced services and the absence of appropriate networks creates no demand, providing no business case for investment. As investment is postponed by the telecom operators, the gap between the peripheral and the metropolitan areas widens with respect to telecommunications services. Since 1986, the STAR (Special Telecommunications Action for Regional development) programme has helped to establish an effective telecommunications infrastructure in these regions. The main achievements of the STAR programme to date are summarised in this overview.

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Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13951 EN (1991) 19 pp., FS, free-of-charge
Availability: Available from Mr. Retter, CEC/DG XIII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3189-3
Record Number: 199111500 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en