Local and regional public authorities have a crucial role in the deployment of Next Generation Networks (NGN).
The goal of the Broadband investment guide is to assist public authorities in formulating the important questions and to provide the conceptual framework and the information needed to make the right decisions meeting their needs. The idea is not to provide ready-to-apply recipes but to present a tool box in all thematic fields to be considered when investing in broadband.
A sound broadband plan is a politically supported document containing an analysis of the current situation, the goals to be achieved, the financial support to be gained and a mechanism on how to implement it.
Four key strategic choices
The guide presents four key strategy choices that need to be made in order to achieve the goals defined in the broadband plan:
Choice of the infrastructure type
Is it necessary to deploy a new future-proof broadband infrastructure or would it be sufficient to upgrade the existing infrastructure?
Choice of the investment model
What is the role of the public authority with respect to the implementation, operation, ownership and management of the infrastructure in order to choose the right investment model?
Choice of the business model
Should the public authority opt for a vertically integrated or an open-access network model? Which business model is most likely to maximise broadband coverage and penetration, the financial sustainability of the project, competition and the socio-economic development of the community?
Choice of the financing tools
How can the public authority ensure an adequate financial coverage for building and operating the infrastructure with the right financial tools? What can it contribute in terms of capital, expenditure and assets?
Once these choices are made, an action plan needs to be defined and executed that specifies and checks on all the different activities. The process must be closely monitored to ensure the achievement of the previously defined goals.