Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
Fast broadband by 2020: broadband coverage at 30 Mbps or more for 100% of EU citizens; and
Ultra-fast broadband by 2020: 50% of European households should have subscriptions above 100Mbps.
The UK‟s ambition is to have the best Superfast Broadband network and connected society in Europe by 2015. There is no single measure which will demonstrate whether we have been successful. We need more to look to the overall effects of the network, for residential consumers, for businesses, and for the way we think about communications.
We will be proposing a range of indicators against which to measure the UK's broadband network, and to compare it with those in other European countries. This will be in the form of a scorecard with four over-arching themes – Coverage and take-up, Speed, Price, and Choice. This is a similar approach to the scorecard used by Harvard University's Berkman Center in its February 2010 report Next Generation Connectivity4.
The fields within each theme are summarised in Figure 5.1 below. For many of these fields it is appropriate to use composite measures to reflect the breadth of issues involved in measuring performance. The overall presentation of results is expected to remain in this simplified form, albeit with details of the specific indicators used publicly available.
Figure 5.1: Format of Best in Europe scorecard
Within this format, the scorecard is intended to retain some flexibility, allowing observation of the UK‟s position each year, while permitting the precise detail of the data used to evolve in line with emerging technological developments, and available data. For example, there is currently little comparable data available on mobile broadband. This situation is expected to change rapidly as mobile broadband increases in prevalence. Therefore these fields are included in the scorecard even though they may be unpopulated in the short term. A further strength of this approach is that it will allow the adoption of any new data sources that become available, rather than being tied in to data that may no longer be the best available in future years.
The Broadband Delivery Programme is discussing with Ofcom and with the Broadband Stakeholder Group how to define the detailed indicators to be monitored within the fields in the scorecard. It is intended that all data should be publicly available, to ensure transparency, and that data should be consistent and comparable between countries. The scorecard also needs to be consistent with a longer term path to the EU 2020 targets. Where possible information from data sources will be readily cascaded down to allow comparisons within the UK at local body level (with an urban/rural split).
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.law.harvard.edu/files/Berkman Center Broadband Final Report 15F eb2010.pdf