The project “Mapping Study (phase II): Mapping of Broadband Services in Europe (SMART 2014/0016)” has started in January 2016 with the objective to develop the first interactive monitoring platform that allows the visualisation of Quality of Service (QoS) delivered by broadband networks for all EU and EEA Member States. TUV Rheinland Consulting has been selected to develop this project within three years until 2018.
The European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) is funding this project.
The project constitutes one instrument within the framework of the Digital Agenda for Europe. In order to reap the full benefits offered by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and to remain competitive in international markets, Europe needs the provision of widespread and stable access to high-speed internet infrastructure and services.
In the framework of the „Digital Agenda for Europe“ and the „Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society“, the European Commission is aiming for a better exploitation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Until 2025, all European households shall have access to connectivity offering at least 100 Mbps (50% of households already until 2020).
In order to monitor the progress made in the deployment of high capacity networks, the European Commission is building an online platform that will provide an overview of the quality of broadband services in Europe.
The platform is based on existing data sets which are gathered from national authorities and private crowdsourcing initiatives, constituting a major information hub for various groups of institutions. Fixed and mobile data from theoretical calculations as well as measurements are taken into account.