The general objective of the pilot project is to contribute to assessing the benefits of a broadband connectivity via satellite in areas impacted by digital divide with the support of regional or national public authorities, as a precursor of the even larger benefits that the European Gigabit Society will later make largely available.
In accordance with this objective, the entities allowed to participate in the call must have a clear experience in implementing space telecommunications technologies for the reduction of the digital divide and for connectivity improvement.
Accordingly, proposals shall help the Commission to achieve at least the following specific objectives:
Proposals shall describe how relevant European stakeholders in the ICT supply chain shall be involved through an inclusive process and which appropriate coordination with educational stakeholders (Ministries of Education, EU Commission, etc.) shall be established.
Applicants may find useful data and information for the preparation of their proposal by contacting NEREUS – Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies. As NEREUS is the unique European regions’ association spreading the use and understanding of space technologies, it could provide support to the pilot project while taking care of involving regions currently not members of NEREUS.
Within the limited scope of a pilot project, the overall expected outcomes of the pilot project are:
The proposals shall take into consideration, in order to avoid any overlapping and exploit possible synergies, any other existing or planned initiatives (European, national, regional...) which are likely to meet the need of broadband connectivity improvement of the schools chosen to be connected.