ITU-T will host the annual Broadband Europe
conference 11-14 Dec 2006.
BBEurope is an annual event which was initiated by the FP6-BREAD-project
(broadband for all in Europe: a
multi-disciplinary approach), part of the "BroadBand for
All"-strategic objective of the European Commission.
Peter Van Daele, Project Leader BREAD: “The concept of “Broadband For All”
refers to a situation in which broadband is not only available to every
citizen, but is actually used by all of them. In that respect it is a more
demanding concept than the traditional universal service obligation in
telephony, which merely stipulates the availability, at certain conditions, of
a given service. The usage of information and communication technologies via
broadband infrastructures by all citizens is a policy objective because it is
considered to be a key component of transforming Europe
into a knowledge-based society, thus enhancing economic growth and increasing
The BREAD project has amongst its objectives to develop a holistic vision
encompassing technical, as well as economical and regulatory aspects. Another
important aspect is of identifying roadblocks on European, national/regional
level and share visions and best practices on national level to EU level.
BBEurope brings together on an international level all the BroadBand players,
researchers, service providers, content providers, operators, manufacturers,
policy makers, standardisation bodies, professional organisations.
A diverse agenda will cover topics including NGN, IPTV, wireless access,
powerline, security, QoS, and broadband in rural areas. The event will conclude
with a panel discussion titled: Future Perspectives in Broadband. A ‘full
preliminary’ programme is available from the event’s website, with the
call for papers ending November 10 when a programme committee will make a final
selection of the papers.