The Commission’s strategy on Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society, adopted in September 2016, sets a vision of Europe where availability and take-up of very high capacity networks enable the widespread use of products, services and applications in the Digital Single Market.
This vision relies on three main strategic objectives for 2025:
- Gigabit connectivity for all main of socio-economic drivers,
- uninterrupted 5G coverage for all urban areas and major terrestrial transport paths, and
- access to connectivity offering at least 100 Mbps for all European households.
It confirms and builds upon the previous broadband objectives set by 2020 giving every European access to 30 Mbps connectivity and half of the households a subscription at 100 Mbps. It further calls for 5G connectivity to be available in at least one major city in each Member State by 2020 at the latest.
The Commission has also launched a series of complementary initiatives to help reach these objectives. A major legislative proposal for a European Communications Code, a 5G Action Plan, and an initiative to bring free access to WiFi connectivity in public spaces like parks, libraries and squares are all part of this effort.
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