The Project Structure

Due to the fact that the Baltic Rural Broadband Project is a widespread calculated long-term project, which included several various international partner of rural areas there is special need for an well planned and organized project work coordinated by the lead partner. Concrete work steps, timetables and retention of arranged partner agreements are required to ensure that the project can be transformed successful.

To realize project aims to achieve improved broadband access in selected rural areas of all participating EU member states and Norway, the project execution is structured into five different “work packages”, which are subdivided into so-called “milestones”. In connection with this milestones determine particular activities and results, which were established at the begin of the project work and have to be fulfilled by each partner. Thus a structure is constructed, which supported a purposeful project work between all partners involved to the project. Furthermore this approach ensures that all participants are working on comparable subjects and following one timetable, which guarantees the retention of rate settings and to avoid an transgression of the project time limit. The five work packages are structured as described below.

Work package 1 analyses the broadband situation in the different regions and aims on strategy building, planning processes and the involvement of local stakeholders and cross sector partners. An overview study on the state of broadband access in rural areas of the Baltic Sea and Norway based on surveys in all participating regions and reflecting each partner country’s national context will be carried out as a joint work of all partners. Furthermore business concepts and operating models, which including private-public-partnership models will be developed in each region.

Work package 2 is technique related and deals with test installations and pilot implementation of local network modules and the verification of technical solutions which will be carried through eligible smaller investment. Examples for such test solutions are wireless point to multipoint connections between an area with high-speed internet access an localities without such a technical option like industrial areas, smaller villages, schools etc. The work package aims on the development of investment concepts to be used for applying to national or EU-funded programs for infrastructure investment.

Work package 3 will be joint work on pilot activities on WEB based new services and applications like E-government or ICT use in the education sector (E-learning, WEB Based Computer Administration in Schools). Other topics will be application sharing between local authorities within a region and the creation of joint municipality’s e-services and the further development of e-business.

Work package 4 is dedicated to all aspects of a broader use of internet in the local civil society of the participating regions in the sense of developing local e-communities. Focusing on the enhancement of private Internet use aspects like access points and pricing, user training and creation of attractive values for users will be central topics of this work package.

Work package 5 deals with promotion and dissemination activities of the planned project. Central means to communicate the project philosophy and outputs in a transnational context is these already published WEB-page, which will be used as a Baltic Rural Broadband Forum. Public workshops with local stakeholders and different publics at the local level and an international conference at transnational level will be activities within this work package.