The purpose of the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF) is to contribute to the achievement of the European Gigabit Society objectives. It aims to raise €500 million for broadband investment by 2020 and is expected to unlock total investments of €1-1.7 billion. Its public investors include the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission. In this video, Fabrice de Seze of CUBE Infrastructure Managers, who manage the fund, describes the funding instruments it can provide, the ticket size per investment, and the types of projects that are eligible for funding through CEBF.

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De Seze emphasises that projects must firstly be both technically and economically viable, and should be based on open access models. The speeds must be in line with the European Gigabit Society objectives: starting with a minimum of 100 Mbps, upgradable to 1 Gbps. Technology may be fibre or wireless.

CEBF will invest in underserved areas where there are strong opportunities for profitability. Eligible countries are EU Member States, as well as Norway and Iceland.

Visit the CUBE Infrastructure Managers website for more information.


This video is part of a series on broadband roll-out in Europe produced for the European Network of Broadband Competence Offices (BCO Network).

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