Report forecasts EUR200-600 billion in high-speed broadband benefit for European Union

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A new report from the European Commission provides a detailed forecast of the economic benefits from deploying high-speed broadband across the European Union. In total, the 27 countries that make up the EU can expect to receive cumulative benefits of between EUR200 billion and EUR600 billion in the period 2012 to 2020, representing a benefit:cost ratio of between 2.7 and 2.9.

The report entitled The socio-economic impact of bandwidth was jointly prepared by Analysys Mason, global telecoms, media and technology (TMT) specialist (www.analysysmason.com), and Tech4i2 (http://www.tech4i2.com), specialist ICT policy advisers. A free copy of the report is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/study-socio-economic-impact-bandwidth-smart-20100033

"The report provides a substantial input into the debate on the value of high-speed broadband networks", states Matt Yardley, Partner at Analysys Mason and Director of the team who developed the report.

"The report's findings will play an important role in supporting the EC's Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), as well as informing public and private stakeholders on the specific differences in the likely broadband outcomes between countries."

As the basis for calculating the socio-economic benefit, the report considered the expected roll-out of a range of high-speed broadband networks, as well as the role of publicly funded projects.

Based on an analysis of commercial viability, operators are expected make investments to provide terrestrial coverage of 30Mbps to 94% of European households by 2020, with satellite services expected to fill the remainder up to the DAE coverage target of 100%.

The report also forecasts that ultrafast broadband of at least 100Mbps will be deployed commercially to 50% of European households. However, take-up of services on 100Mbps networks is expected to be 26% overall, missing the DAE target of 50% take-up. The results suggest that governments have an important role to play on both supply and demand sides if the DAE take-up target is to be met.

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