The EU plans to create a “digital single market” in the EU. Some of the goals are for all European households, rural or urban to have access to superfast connectivity offering download speeds of at least 100 mbps, while all urban areas as well as major roads and railways should have uninterrupted 5G coverage.
A new grant, with a total budget of €120 million, will allow public authorities to purchase state-of-the art equipment, for example a local wireless access point. If approved by the the European Parliament and national ministers the cash could be available before the end of next year
The EU commission has also set a target for all European households to have access to download speeds of at least 100Mbps by 2025, and has redefined Internet access as a so-called universal service, while removing obligations for old universal services such as payphones.
The EU also wants to deploy 5G, the fifth generation of mobile communication systems, across the European Union by 2025.
Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is also promising to abolish roaming once and for all in his “State of the European Union” address on Wednesday morning.
SOURCES- Irish Times, Ars Technica UK
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