The objective of the DDSO study is to assess the contribution that satellite technologies could bring into a global European federated programme to bridge the digital divide on a pan-European scale, including the 25 European Union countries, plus Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Albania, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Switzerland and Vatican City.
The study aims to consolidate the understanding of broadband market needs from now until 2020; derive appropriate mission requirements, system specifications, and then design, size, assess costs, performance and benefits of the most appropriate satellite-based solutions.
The study puts emphasis on the need to follow a stepped approach in order to address needs of the digital divide both on a short (Target 1) and medium / longer term (Target 2) basis.
Technical and Accompanying Measures to be proposed for Target 1 are based on the stimulation of demand in order to increase volume of traffic for preliminary economies of scale.
Target 2 has to be endorsed and built as a European Federated Programme, driven by a political willingness to reduce the e-divide at a wide scale level.
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