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Full-fibre access as strategic infrastructure: strengthening public policy for Europe

07 January 2021 | Research

Rupert Wood Stephen Wilson Francesco Paolo Bellomo Ian Watt

Perspective | PDF (90 pages) | Fibre Infrastructure


"Around the world, the pandemic has shone a light on the need for robust internet connectivity and focusing on full fibre as strategic infrastructure is a good place to start to get things moving again."

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The value of ubiquitous high-speed broadband connectivity has been demonstrated in numerous socioeconomic studies. Policy makers agree that there is a need for co-ordinated long-term investment to realise this potential. Most EU countries look set to miss European Commission (EC) targets for fibre access, and to lag behind most benchmark countries. Take-up of FTTP in Europe is now accelerating fast. Looking ahead, European countries need to accelerate the rate at which access networks are being upgraded.

Most EU countries look set to miss targets for fibre access. This report has been commissioned by Huawei to describe the current status of, and case for, extending coverage for full fibre in Europe, the challenges involved, international best practice, and the need for a coherent set of policies.

 

Full-fibre access as strategic infrastructure: strengthening public policy for Europe

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