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Évora County Community Fibre Network - PORTUGAL

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Best Practice:
Évora County Community Fibre Network - PORTUGAL
Digital Agenda Category:
High Speed Broadband
Status:
Operational in Current Region
Producing Project:
ENGAGE
Implementing Region:
Alentejo
Implementing Organisation:
ADRAL – Alentejo Regional Development Agency

Having identified the development of NGN infrastructures as crucial to boost local development of enterprises and citizens, the Alentejo Central region with a local partnership of actors engaged in a Broadband project. With 21 organizations acting as a consortium with CIMAC (Association of Municipality) and ADRAL acting as leaders a NGN project was deployed resulting in a 640km fibre network. The partnership involved CIMAC, ADRAL, 14 municipalities, University of Évora, Tourismo Bureau, AdcA – Water Company, CCDRA – Regional Coordination National Body, FCCN (Portuguese GEANT),

This network connects all of the 14 cities in the region with a strong focus on the Entrepreneurial Parks with POP in every one. The network built is a backbone with dark fibre capacity, open to every TELCO (Equal Access Network) operating in the region and built transmission capacity of 10Gb to the partners for shared services.

The partnership understood the need to deploy a NGN network and engaged the project for building it but in terms of operations and management, because of scale and to avoid sustainability problems, decided to make a public tender for a concession (10 yeas) in order to have a TELCO operate the network. For this concession the TELCO pays an annual fee and is obliged to maintain the network with tight SLA. The TELCO must have the network in an EAN (Equal Access Network) model.

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