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In the period since the inception of the eContent programme, the digital content market has seen change. The change that occurred is neither entirely coincident with, nor as extensive as, what was foreseen at the time. The information and communication technologies (ICT) markets slowed down in general, this in turn adversely impacted the information market.
However technological deployment, development and innovation have continued and many sectors, among them the information market, are again seeing growth.
The rollout of high-speed, always-on, broadband connections is beginning to drive the demand for online digital content. As recognised by eEurope 20052, the successful rollout of broadband Internet access however depends critically on the availability of suitable digital content. The speed of uptake of advanced services for mobile users (3G and beyond) is similarly dependent on the availability and accessibility of a large variety of digital content.
More recently, developments in knowledge and content technologies open up opportunities to improve the accessibility of digital content and to greatly simplify its aggregation and reuse in products and services.

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Record Number: 5994 / Last updated on: 2004-02-17
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