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Cooperation for a european sustained leadership in telecommunications

Industrial r & d programme dedicated to communication techniques, systems and services. R & d in telecommunications is the key to help europe keep its leading position in industrial competitiveness and make the digital age accessible to all european citizens.

The European Telecommunications industry, during the next few years, must achieve a transition from an infrastructure and connection driven industry to a service and content driven industry. The amount of work to be done to achieve this by the European Telecommunications industry and the other stakeholders in society is huge. In addition to the effect on society, both social and economical, it could be very damaging if we are not successful - so for Europe the stakes are high. The current downturn in the telecommunications business makes it very difficult to maintain the required level of R & D, especially research, such that European companies will be well placed when the economic situation improves. Today, the main objective of the European Telecommunications Industry is to maintain European competitiveness in telecommunications, beyond the severe present business crisis. If the European Telecommunications Sector is to be in a reasonable position to respond to the economic upturn, we must continue to move forward or we will fall behind. The European players, both industry and academia, need to have significant R & D programmes. It is particularly important to focus on specific applied research if the industry is to be able to develop and implement the associated technology. This would also allow the industrial players to keep their technology and economic leadership, compared to the worldwide competition, as the economic situation improves. To overcome the societal, economical and technical challenges and to allow Europe to lead with respect to the competition, a new pan European initiative in support of R & D in telecommunications must be launched, involving industry, academia and the Public Authorities. Its main objective should be to maintain European competitiveness in telecommunications as well as to ensure European leadership in the digital society, in spite of and beyond the present business crisis. The CELTIC programme will encompass pre-development and experimentation of broadband and multimedia services, applications and equipment, including their control, operation, administration and management. The programme should bring the necessary support to the European telecommunications arena during the coming years, so that it successfully achieves the needed transition from an infrastructure and connection driven industry (at large today), to a services and applications driven industry. The objective is to design and perform experimentation on integrated system solutions, which complements the traditional segmented technology trial approach. The unique role and the added value of CELTIC can be identified in the development of pre-competitive comprehensive 'Integrated Communication System Solutions', including platforms and test vehicles. This concept will be at the core of a CELTIC Pan-European Laboratory, and will enable the trial and evaluation of service concepts, technologies and system solutions. Keywords: telecommunications.
Acronym: 
CELTIC
Project ID: 
3 187
Start date: 
30-11-2003
Project Duration: 
96months
Project costs: 
1 000 000 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.