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Abstract

This report reflects the views of the independent panel charged with the critical review of the current status of advanced communications in Europe; a 5-year review of the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of EU research and technological development (RTD), and advice on further development and use of advanced communications. It concludes that Europe has excellent first-generation digital communications, but that a European Information Infrastructure is now urgently needed: Digital video services should be introduced as quickly as possible, with a coherent plan and timetable for the necessary infrastructure deployment. The panel notes that the key objectives of European RTD over the last 5 years have been met, but coherent deployment of multi-media services is slow. Further research and technology development is necessary, but the focus must now shift from technical standards, to trials and volume deployment.

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Authors: ARGYROS S, UNICE (GR);ARTIGALAS M, Thomson Multimedia (FR);BAUR H, Independent;DE JULIO U, STET (IT);ELOHOLMA A, Telecom Finland Ltd (FI);PINTO BALSEMÃO F, Department of Communication Science, New University of Lisbon (PT);WATERS G T, Technical Department, European Broadcasting Union (IE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17602 EN (1997) 94pp., FS
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-0630-8
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