Universal broadband access by 2013?

The European Commission has proposed extending broadband access to the entire EU by 2013 and providing the whole region with access to speeds of at least 30Mbps by 2020.

This is the first sentence published today by Telecompaper. It sounds really good that the EC is trying to encourage the developments of broadband technologies. However, the time line for this and the actions that they are trying to develop I think are not aligned with what is required to really boost the development of new fiber infrastructures.

I am with the press release in the sense that services are key to develop new access solutions, but at the same time, when I read about the creation of a integrated content portal, it sounds to me that the lobbies that are influencing the developments of special regulations to preserve copyrights are acting again.

Anyway, now we have to wait to see how the EU promotes the development of NGN projects…

Here in Spain, all the efforts of public entities to encourage the deployment of FTTH infrastructures by municipal entities have been quite disappointing. They offered loans to deploy FTTH with too short return periods and this killed the business models and thus the intentions of deploying FTTH.

Let’s see whether Europa acts in a different way and offers funding schemes that really encourages the deployment of new NGNs, allowing us to reduce the gap with the most advanced countries…

In Lisbon it was said that NTT was starting to get profits from their FTTH networks deployed in year 2000 (10-years ROI) and here… we have not even started to deploy them.

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  1. A similar discussion is currently done in The Netherlands. Recently (16-03), a (governmental) Taskforce Next Generation Networks issued their report on the need of an access network supporting speeds higher than 50 Mb/s. Basically, the conclusion was not to wait any longer. It was recommended that by 2020, 90% of the country should have access to at least 75 Mb/s because in the following years the demand is strongly increasing. Local authorities should be more aware of opportunities to lay fiber in the ground and they should remain responsible for such projects.

    The report caused political reponse, and one politician already mentioned that access to broadband internet should be a right of every Dutch citizen. He also mentioned a 100 Mb/s target by 2015, and that the government should compensate network operators in case of connecting homes in non-attractive zones. Already such funds exist in The Netherlands. After the elections, we will see how serious the plans are, but at least the political elite understands that broadband access is a fundamental driver of the economy.

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