The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the ITU Regional Workshop for Europe on “Mapping of Terrestrial Broadband Infrastructure and Services" held in Warsaw, Republic of Poland, from 2 to 3 July 2019. The Workshop was organized at the kind invitation of the Office of Electronic Communications of the Republic of Poland .
This workshop was organized within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on Broadband Infrastructure, Broadcasting and Spectrum Management adopted by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17), that amongst others aims at assisting countries in mapping of ubiquitous infrastructure and services, fostering harmonization of approaches across the region and taking into account infrastructure-sharing approaches applied by countries. Taking into account ongoing digital integration process in Western Balkans, special attention of this event was dedicated to the Western Balkan economies and the outcomes of this event simultaneously contributde to the Multiyear Digital Integration Plan 2018-2020.
In this context, this Workshop provided an opportunity for European public institutions in charge of mapping of terrestrial broadband infrastructure, to share good practices, discuss challenges related to the emerging technologies, examine possible harmonization of approaches across the region, and facilitate creation of possible new features of mapping tools including the investment opportunities layer.
Even though this event mainly targeted public institutions in charge of mapping of the terrestrial broadband infrastructure, it was open to all relevant European stakeholders interested in contributing to the projects aimed at strengthening national capacities in mapping of infrastructure, including industry, academia, regional and international development agencies, development banks and organizations on specific regional telecommunication and ICT matters.