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Broadband in Europe for All: a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Objective

The BREAD (BRoadband in Europe for All: a multi-Disciplinary approach) co-ordination action aims at developing a multi-disciplinary approach for the realisation of the 'broadband for all' concept within Europe. This EU objective will not be reached by a solely 'technology push' strategy but will need a multi-disciplinary approach (societal, economic, regulatory and technological issues). Bringing all these different disciplines together, sharing views and knowledge, developing new strategies and good practice recommendations in the area of 'broadband for all' is the major objective of the BREAD proposal.

As a co-ordination action the project wants to bring together all players active in the field of the end-to-end broadband provisioning for all. It will perform a multi-technological analysis of the current and evolving situation taking as a starting base all the roadmap information generated by different IST instruments and projects focusing on specific technological domains. The BREAD consortium will at the same time study the techno-economic, societal and regulatory aspects of this "broadband for all" concept. It will try to identify the impact of EU regulatory framework on the successful implementation of new broadband communication services. The study will also include regional "success stories" of actual deployment and the influence of government stimulus for accelerating the early rollout of broadband services. Societal aspects of introducing broadband access and sustainable economic business models for this will be taken into account.

At the same time an IST co-ordination and information exchange platform will be set up by the BREAD consortium to enhance the interaction between the key players in the field and to invoke discussions on this multi-disciplinary approach. The BREAD cluster will thus support the creation of the European Research Area (ERA) through the stimulation of the interaction of EU national initiatives and projects.

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Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW

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Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Participants (7)

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

GROUPE DES ECOLES DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS

France

JCP-CONSULT EURL

France

TELSCOM CONSULTING GMBH

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507554

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 386 361

  • EU contribution

    € 1 698 688

Coordinated by:

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW

Belgium