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Adaptation of Techno-Economic Evaluation Tools for RACE

Objective


Research was carried out in order to provide the Research and development in Advanced Communications technologies in Europe (RACE) project consortia with a set of tools for the technoeconomic evaluation of their activities. Special emphasis was placed on market penetration aspects for integrated broadcast communications (IBC) services and equipment, and on comparative regional studies. A standardized technoeconomic evaluation procedure for the evaluation of the cost effectiveness of IBC network components, subsystems and terminal equipment, as well as for the analysis of demand for IBC services was developed.

In line with this evaluation procedure 2 tools, the Budget Cross Flow Model (BCF) and the Cross Impact Model (CRIMP), as well as a heuristic method for generating and evaluating SCENario Trees (SCENT) were adapted to the needs of RACE, thus contributing to a core of common personal computer (PC) based evaluation tools for the RACE community.
A first attempt to synthesize IBC introduction scenarios into a European Community (EC) aggregate was made.

The evaluation procedures and tools developed will have positive impacts for the next phase of the RACE programme in several respects, by:
helping to organize better currently available information in order to evaluate more precisely thecomparative benefits of long term IBC investment strategies;
assisting RACE pilot projects and RACE supported IBC field trials in the evaluation of the technoeconomic feasibility of tested IBC applications and services in future markets;
contributing to the development of a common language for communication between RACE projects in the field of technoeconomics and IBC demand analysis.
The main objective of TET-ADAPT was to provide RACE project consortia with a set of tools for the techno- economic evaluation of their activities. Special emphasis was placed on market penetration aspects for IBC services and equipment, and on comparative regional studies.

As part of an effort to define the 'semantics' of RACE project activities, a standardised techno-economic evaluation procedure for the evaluation of the cost- effectiveness of IBC network components, sub-systems and terminal equipment, as well as for the analysis of demand for IBC services was developed.

In line with this evaluation procedure, two tools - the Budget Cross Flow Model (BCF) and the Cross Impact Model (CRIMP) - as well as a heuristic method for generating and evaluating SCENario Trees (SCENT) were adapted to the needs of RACE, thus contributing to a core of common PC-based evaluation tools for the RACE community. These tools were provided to selected RACE consortia on a zero-fee licence basis. The license included necessary tool support - installation, provision of tool documentation and maintenance - as well as training courses and course materials.

In some cases, joint deliverables with the licence- taking projects were produced. For example, in conjunction with REVOLVE (R1028), comparative country studies were undertaken using CRIMP. A common set of key performance indicators were applied to a typical EC core country (Germany) and to three more peripheral countries (Greece, Ireland, Spain) on varying levels of telecom development, in order to understand both the similarities and the differences with respect to the introduction of IBC. Also, a first attempt to synthesise IBC introduction scenarios into an EC aggregate was made.

It is expected that the evaluation procedures and tools developed in TET-ADAPT will also have positive impacts for the next phase of the RACE programme in several respects, by:

. helping to better organise currently available information in order to evaluate more precisely the comparative benefits of long-term IBC investment strategies
. assisting RACE Pilot projects and RACE-supported IBC field trials in the evaluation of the techno-economic feasibility of tested IBC applications and services in future markets
. contributing to the development of a common language for communication between RACE projects in the field of techno-economics and IBC demand analysis.

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