SABER - Satellite Broadband for European Regions - Thematic Network

The SABER (Full title: Satellite Broadband for European Regions) Thematic Network is a project aimed at exploring how broadband satellite technology can help to reduce the Digital Divide in Europe and at defining a set of guidelines to use these technologies at best. High speed internet access (broadband) is a pre-requisite for Europe’s economic growth and for the development of innovative e-services for citizens and businesses saving time and raising productivity.

Coordinator of the project is CSI-Piemonte. 7 NEREUS members (Piedmont region via Consorzio per il Sistema Informativo (CSI) Piemonte; Abruzzo region; ASTRIUM; CNR-IREA Uos Milano; EUTELSAT; SES; Toscana Spazio) are among the project partnership (CONSORTIUM) of 26 regional and industry organizations. NEREUS is among the 3 external stakeholders supporting the promotion of the project activities. 

The scope of the SABER Thematic Network is to create the conditions for the most efficient and effective contribution of satellite systems to support the achievement of the objectives set in Europe 2020 and subsequently in the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). The experience of different European regional authorities which use satellite solutions for broadband access will be analyzed to develop guidelines for deployment, share best practices and disseminate information to regions across Europe.

Presentation of the SABER project by Stefano Agnelli, EUTELSAT, on the occasion of the NEREUS telecommunications WG, 2 July 2013 in Brussels.

Meetings:

Final SABER conference Broadband for European Regions, from availability to penetration: the satellite contribution, 30 September 2014, Committee of the Regions - Brussels. Press Release

6th workshop will be held on 10 April 2014 in Brussels at Piedmont region premises - Rue du Trone, 62 - Ixelles, Bruxelles, Belgium. Satellite Broadband guidelines and toolkits for Regions and Member States will be the main points of discussion. Agenda available at: http://www.project-saber.eu/cms/news/71-saber-6th-workshop

Please visit SABER website to learn more on the previous project WS.

kick-off on 9 November 2012 in Brussels;

Facts and Figures about the project

The SABER Thematic Network was submitted in response of the (2012) ICT Policy Support Programme (PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). It has duration of 24 months, started on 1st November 2012. The project is partially funded by the ICT PSP-CIP Programme for 510.000 EUR.

For more info: www.project-saber.eu; project abstract

NEREUS/SABER poster: Satellite systems to slash digital divide in Europe

Contacts:

CSI Piemonte Press Office:
Cristina Ingaramo - Tel. +39 011 3169494 - comunicazione@csi.it

Astrium Press Office:
Jeremy Close (Astrium UK)- Tel. +44 (0)1 438773872
Gregory Gavroy (Astrium FR) - Tel. +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Astrium GER)- Tel. +49 (0) 89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Astrium SP) - Tel. +34 91 586 37 41

Eutelsat Press Office:
Vanessa 0’ Connor - Tel. + 33 1 53 98 37 91 - voconnor@eutelsat.fr
Marie-Sophie Ecuer - Tel. + 33 1 53 98 37 91 - mecuer@eutelsat.fr

SES Broadband Services Press Office:
Monika Lebkowska - Monika.Lebkowska@ses.comVittorio Vallero (Project coordinator).