On July 2002, the European Commission has launched a call for proposals aiming at the implementation of projects of common interest in the field of trans-European telecommunication networks related to Generic Services and Applications. This call addresses the eTEN programme, which is the evolution of the TEN-Telecom programme and will be close on 23 September 2002.
An Information Day was held in Brussels on 4 July.
What is the eTEN programme?
Successor of the TEN-Telecom programme, eTEN provides a mechanism to transfer useful and, where appropriate, innovative telecommunications applications and services to the market, crossing frontiers in the EU. eTEN's focus is on services of public interest, either directly supporting activities traditionally considered to be a public responsibility or generalised services, which make telecommunications easier to use or help citizens, businesses and communities to obtain maximum benefit form the Information Society. Fundamental to the eTEN mission is the increased deployment of services that strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion within an Information Society for all.
The eTEN programme within eEurope
The mission of inclusivity underscores eEurope's objective of breaking down the digital divide and securing access and use of the Internet by all citizens, commercial enterprises and public administrations. As an important objective of this initiative, the European Commission, European Parliament and member states attach great importance to rapid deployment of an infrastructure able to support the next generation internet including 3G mobile services. eTEN has a dual role to play here. Firstly, it supports the launch of services, which will create demand for broadband and next generation mobile services, and secondly it supports generic services, based on new technologies, which underpin new services designed to meet the needs of the citizen.
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