Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

European Commission urges German regulator to put its fixed termination rates in line with the EU's rules

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Commission concludes that the German regulator's approach to set fixed termination rates (FTRs) does not follow the EU recommended approach and leads to competition and consumer harm. As a result, the Commission requires BNetzA to withdraw its proposal or to amend it in order to bring it in line with the Commission's guidelines.

Quantifying the impact of PCP in Europe - Study SMART2014-0009

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The focus of this study is to quantify the impacts of PCP procurement in Europe based on evidence from the ICT sector.

Study on retail broadband access prices (as of February 2014)

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This study presents a very comprehensive assessment of retail fixed broadband access prices for a variety of broadband offerings including standalone and bundled services for eight speed categories.

Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2013)

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This study monitors the progress on the broadband coverage objectives of the Digital Agenda (basic broadband access for all by 2013 and high speed broadband access with at least 30 Mbps download speed for all by 2020), i.e. the household coverage of different fixed and wireless broadband technologies with a special focus on Next Generation Access technologies.

Cloud for Europe Launches Tender for Public Sector Cloud Innovation

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The Cloud for Europe project has announced the publication of a tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (Joint PCP) for research and development on cloud computing services for public administrations. The purpose is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.

Use of commercial mobile networks and equipment for mission-critical high-speed broadband communications in specific sectors (SMART 2013/0016)

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The objective of the study was to examine the potential role that commercial mobile networks – with associated economies of scale for commercial equipment (including handheld devices for end-users) – could play in ensuring the provision of mission-critical high-speed broadband communications in the following sectors in Europe: Public safety, civil protection and disaster relief (PPDR); Utilities – intelligent energy management systems and smart energy grids; Intelligent transport safety and transport management systems (ITS).

Challenges and opportunities of broadcast-broadband convergence and its impact on spectrum and network use (SMART 2013/0014)

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Traditional linear TV over broadcast networks dominates Audiovisual (AV) consumption today. This could change substantially by 2030 with fixed broadband and Wi-Fi playing a growing role in delivering and distributing video content – both as a substitute for, and a complement to, traditional broadcast networks. But there is considerable uncertainty over the scale of these effects, which require the construction of scenarios for AV consumption against which to assess the merits of a converged platform.

ENTRA: Better software cuts computer energy use

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An EU research project is developing tools to help software engineers create energy-efficient code, which could reduce electricity consumption at data centres by up to 50% and improve battery life in smart devices.

Future research directions in Cyber-physical Systems of Systems

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Representatives of the CPSoS project project met the European Commission on 3 December to discuss future research directions in Cyber-physical Systems of Systems (CPSos).

Horizon 2020 Info Day ICT-SC1: eHealth & Ageing

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On 5 December 2014 the European Commission organised a Horizon 2020 information day on the topic ICT-SC1 (Societal Challenge 1), for funding of projects in the domain of ICT for health, wellbeing and ageing. Did you miss this day? You can still watch the presentations online.