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Broadband Mediterranean Development (BB-MED) is a project submitted to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM: the EU27 and 16 countries around the south and east Mediterranean), jointly undertaken by Avanti Communications, Point Topic and Hellas Sat and is funded by ESA under the ARTES 1 program.
The objective of BB-MED is to implement a satellite broadband service as an efficient first step for the deployment of broadband internet in the underserved regions of the UfM.
This study provides ESA and The EIB with an assessment of the market size for satellite broadband and a satellite broadband internet service that could be deployed across the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) countries in order to reduce the digital divide.
Specifically it addresses the following questions:
The study provides a view on the positioning of satellite broadband services and their associated characteristics to ensure that the satellite related features are taken into account by the EIB market study related to the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) countries.
Telco data to model broadband availability:
Country differences in consumer behaviour:
The approach being studied in BB-MED could be adopted at EU level using structural funds as a financial mechanism to help meet the Digital Agenda targets.
The work for the project is split into the following work packages (WPs):
The project final presentation was given in December 2011.