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Information Society DG releases prior information on open calls for tender in 2000

The European Commission's Information Society Directorate-General has published advance information about the open calls for tender it intends to publish during 2000.

These will include studies on some of the following issues:

- The telecommunications regulatory framework - in particular studies related to:
- - Regulatory aspects of access to intelligent network (IN) infrastructures;
- - Operational implications of local loop unbundling;
- - Local loop cost modelling;
- - Regulatory issues related to IP network interconnection and access;
- - Implementation of carrier selection and pre-selection;
- - Technical and operational issues related to the operation of number portability;
- - Regulatory implications of inter-operator pricing;
- - Market definitions and regulatory issues in converged markets;
- - Monitoring universal service obligations;
- - Internet access for targeted groups;
- - Administrative and frequency fees related to the licensing of networks services implying the use of frequencies;
- - Financial reporting and cost accounting by the incumbent operators;
- - Spectrum management in accession countries;
- - Right of ways and cable landing;
- - Development and availability of directory services;
- - Study on access of service providers to different types of telecommunications networks in Europe.

- Developments in the telecommunication and information technology industry and markets - in particular studies related to:
- - Cost structures in mobile networks and their relation to prices;
- - Trends in tariffs in public voice telephony, leased lines and mobile services;
- - Monitoring European telecom operators: network facilities, actual offer, proprietary structure and market strategies in EU and WTO countries (particularly US and Eastern Europe);
- - Study on the market demand for a European Telephone Numbering Space (ETNS) on the basis of the 388 code;
- - Study on market data monitoring;
- - High tech IT business start-ups;
- - Trends in digital television;
- - Deployment potential of new telecommunications applications and services in CEECs and Mediterranean basin;
- - Improving human capital in the IT sector;
- - Legal and market aspects of e-signature related services in the enlargement countries;
- - Market and technology trends in the information security market in Europe;
- - eEurope - an Information Society for all: benchmarking study;
- - Development of high speed networks in Europe.

- Impact of information and communications technologies and general information society issues - in particular studies related to:
- - Job creation in ICT industries;
- - The impact of ICT uptake on productivity;
- - The impact of ICT on ultra-peripheral regions;
- - Analysis of IS know-how transfer mechanisms for cities and regions.

- Analysis of the development of the Internet - in particular studies related to:
- - Numbering, naming and addressing in a global context;
- - The economies of IP networks, socio-economic patterns and techno-economic scenarios;
- - The public sector Internet;
- - Electronic commerce and digital product models;
- - Evolution scenarios of future networking technologies and networks in Europe.

- Multimedia content, tools and markets - in particular studies related to:
- - Best practices in public sector data collection;
- - The feasibility of a content forum;
- - Support for the development of a follow-on to INFO2000 and MLIS;
- - Technological landscapes for tomorrow's cultural economy;
- - State-of-the-art in learning technologies in Israel;
- - Towards a virtual exhibition of language services and solutions;
- - Towards an on-line observatory of the multilingual Information Society;
- - Evaluation of the INFO2000 programme.

- Research-related issues, in particular studies related to:
- - Encouraging SME participation in Information Society RTD activities: status analysis and development of best practices;
- - Analysis of the development of virtual research communities.
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