The European Broadband Mapping Portal’s interactive map not only allows users to visualise broadband coverage, speeds and technologies across the European Union and in specific regions; it also makes it possible to view correlations between socio-economic factors such as GDP and population density. For this reason, the portal is an important tool for public authorities seeking to close the digital divide that sets citizens, businesses and communities at a disadvantage, especially in rural areas.

Map of Europe with title overlaid: "The European Broadband Mapping Portal - a tool for closing the digital divide"

In this video, Carlo Kammler of TÜV Rheinland explains the portal’s many functions, including the ‘expert’ version where ministries and regulatory authorities can download data for deeper analysis. This data is collected from both public authorities and private initiatives on a voluntary basis.

“For public authorities, this information is valuable for identifying ‘white spots’ and taking political measures to address them.”

- Carlo Kammler, TÜV Rheinland

‘White spots’ or white NGA areas are zones where “no NGA network at present exists and is not likely to be built within the next three years by private investors”1. Taking steps to bring connectivity to these areas is a priority for Member States in order to reach the Gigabit Society objective of ensuring all citizens have access to a minimum of 100 Mbps by 2025.

Explore the European Broadband Mapping Portal and find out more about the Gigabit Society objectives, as well as support for Member States in reaching them.

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This video is part of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network’s annual programme supporting broadband deployment in Member States. Alongside working directly with Member States and regions, the programme promotes awareness of EU funding, policy and support for broadband, as well as of good practices in broadband projects. The programme includes a series of videos, articles and publications accessible through the BCO Network portal.

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