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Who wants a European Broadband Award? Anyone? *tumbleweed*

If 2020 Digital Agenda targets are being met, then the operators are extremely modest

High speed broadband operators have until the end of this week to nominate themselves for a European Commission award.

The Europe-wide Broadband Award honours the five best Next-Generation Networks (NGN) projects delivering at least 30Mbps in urban, suburban and rural areas.

The so-called Digital Agenda target for 2020 is 30Mbps to every single European household and 50 per cent household penetration of 100Mbps services.

But despite the nominations being open since June, only 22 projects have been put forward from six countries.

We expect more applications to be submitted this week as we are getting close to the deadline, said an official.

Projects can be submitted here by any public authority (national, regional or local) and any big or small privately funded projects that have been actively involved in planning and building up NGN infrastructure in recent years.

A jury of five international experts and Commish staff will assess the applications on the basis of social and economic impact, affordability, innovative financing models, co-investment measures, competitiveness, open access, future-proofing and quality of service.

The winners will be announced on November 16. ®

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