In its first year, the BCO Network grew from a seed of 15 national Broadband Competence Offices to a network spanning 27 Member States, and including over 50 regional offices. Growing the BCO Network at regional level will be one of the project’s focus points in 2018.
A core function of the Network is to build BCOs’ capacity and exchange knowledge on the most effective approaches to broadband projects – from project planning to implementation. In 2017, this was achieved principally through thematic group meetings and training days, with the participation of BCOs, experts and representatives from the European Commission. This was complemented with a video interview series showcasing broadband projects from across Europe that show innovative approaches and good practices in bringing greater connectivity to urban, rural and remote area citizens.
Read the highlights of the BCO Network’s first year in the 2017 Activity Report.
The Activity Report was first released at the BCO Network’s end of year Launch Event in November, as part of the 2017 Broadband Days. The Launch brought together over 250 participants, including BCO Network delegates and public and private sector representatives dealing with the deployment of high-speed broadband in Europe.