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Broadband Strategy Development

Development of Integrated Broadband Strategy

The rapid development of services and applications delivered by telecom networks has presented new possibilities for Regional Development Authorities to exploit high performance technologies to support strategies for economic and social development.

Current broadband technologies and their associated bandwidths have been developed primarily for fast Internet access. New and emerging end user services and applications require very high bandwidths to operate to their full potential and the existing access network architecture, based on copper cables, cannot support the technologies needed to deliver these bandwidths.

To address this situation, new network architecture is required that can support the technologies that are capable of providing high bandwidth broadband services. This new network architecture is called Next Generation Access. To facilitate the exploitation of existing networks and the deployment of new NGA infrastructure an integrated strategy needs to be developed based upon specific key tasks such as:

  • A review of current strategic plans to establish key objectives that will be addressed by enabling access to high performance end user broadband services. This review will also identify end user services considered to be critical to the strategy and the performance parameters that network infrastructure will be required to support.
  • An examination of current network infrastructure and its capability of supporting the required performance parameters in order to identify specific instances where the delivery of high performance end user services would require the deployment of new NGA network infrastructure.
  • Development of a high level strategic plan for broadband delivery that is integrated with and meets the aims and aspirations of the overarching strategy.

Over the last 5 years, InterConnect, working closely with our partner Adroit Economics, has contributed to the preparation of broadband and wider ICT strategies for the Northwest (for NWDA), for the Northeast (for ONE Northeast), for the West Midlands (for AWM), for the East of England (for EEDA), for the Southeast (for SEEDA) and for the Southwest (for SWRDA).