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An initiative of

The European Satellite Operators' Association

The European Satellite Operators' Association

ESOA is a non-profit European organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of European satellite operators. The Association is the reference point for the European satellite operators industry and today represents the interests of 10 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe.

Supported by

SABER (Satellite Broadband for European Regions)

SABER (Satellite Broadband for European Regions)

SABER (Satellite Broadband for European Regions) is a European funded project under the ICT Policy Support Programme.
The overarching objective of SABER is to explore the option of satellite broadband services to bridge the digital divide across Europe and hence support the realization of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) targets of achieving 100% basic broadband coverage by 2013 and achieving 100% access to 30mbs and above by 2020.
SABER will seek to support the delivery of the DAE targets by:
• raising awareness of the potential of satellite broadband solutions;
• sharing best practices in the use of public funds for initiatives to encourage citizen and businesses to take up satellite broadband solutions;
• analysing non-technological roadblocks in public procurement and providing solutions;
• developing guidelines for procuring and planning the deployment of satellite broadband;
• disseminating information to regions across Europe.
SABER, over the course of the project, will produce a number of deliverables which ultimately will be placed in the public domain for use by a wide range of stakeholders across Europe; regional policy and investment decision makers being the main target audience.
The initial deliverables produced include:
• regional / National satellite broadband implementation case studies (including detailed best practices from FR, ES, UK, IT, EL & NO)
• early report on satellite broadband as an option for regions (including a state-of-art review of the retail offers: 250 references including Eutelsat, SES, Avanti, HellasSat and Hispasat)
• early guidelines for the public sector on satellite services procurement.



NEREUS currently unites 26 European regions and 38 Associate Members with the common objective to spread the use and understanding of space technologies across Europe for the benefit of regions and their citizens.



As voice of the European Regions, NEREUS not only serves as an advocate for the regions in matters of space uses but also as a direct channel to the regional users of space technologies (such as local authorities, SMEs, universities and research institutes and citizens). The network is the key interface between the regional level and national and European institutions.

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Forum Europe

Forum Europe

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Thursday 17 October, 2013
10.00 to 13.30




European Parliament

Room 6Q1
Jozsef Antall Building
European Parliament