Digital Integration

The RCC works on addressing the digital connectivity gaps, deployment of cross-border e-government and e-business services, and reducing the and roaming charges across the region

Objectives

  • Regionally coordinated and seamless Digital Society and Economy, based on alignment with EU's Digital Single Market (DSM)
  • Roaming free region, compliant with EU digital single market, which keeps people connected and businesses more competitive
  • Future-proof broadband policies and targets and regional broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed internet access
  • Advanced electronic identification, digital trust services, network and information security, as building blocks of a regional framework for deployment of interoperable cross-border e-Government and e-Business services
  • Digitization of industries and increased uptake of digital technologies by businesses

Results

  • We supported regional agreement that led to a cut of roaming costs up to 80% in the region, as we:
    • Delivered the first regional-scale legal, regulatory and market impact study of the Regional Roaming Agreement
    • Set regional policy dialogue framework to support further reduction of roaming charges through the implementation of the Regional Roaming Agreement
  • We contributed to regional coordination on broadband reform measures
  • We enhanced regional capacities on electronic identification and digital trust services

The RCC’s digital agenda for the region foreseesaddressing the digital connectivity gaps and limited ICT interoperability in order to enable the deployment of cross-border e-government and e-business services, stepping up support for digitization of industries and uptake of digital technologies and reducing the communication costs and roaming charges across the region

Integration of our digitally lagging region in the pan-European digital market requires an updated regulatory environment, improved broadband infrastructure and access to digital goods and services and digital literacy so as to unlock the potentials of the digital economy. Cross-border integration, harmonization of ICT infrastructures and interoperable digital services present crucial vehicles and catalysts in this regard.

Exploiting digital integration’s untapped potentials ensures the supply of innovative and competitive services to consumers and businesses and acts as an important lever for socio-economic development, high value jobs generation and vibrant knowledge-based society

The RCC activities on the Digital Integration, which is a part of the Connectivity Flagship, are being implemented through the:

Our Next Steps

In the forthcoming period the RCC will:

  • Continue work on regional roaming policy coordination and support further market-based and sustainable reductions of roaming tariffs;
  • Provide analytical and expert support in harmonising the Regional Roaming Agreement with EU model and RLAH principle;
  • Support the development of future-proof broadband policies and targets and deploy regional broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed internet access;
  • Advance electronic identification, digital trust services, network and information security, as building blocks of a regional framework for deployment of interoperable cross-border e-Government and e-Business services;
  • Step up support for digitization of traditional industries and uptake of digital technologies by businesses;
  • Scale up the necessary digital skills.
Flagship Overview