The activities of the SABER Thematic Network will include the development of a communication plan and working protocols and the launch of a knowledge management platform to facilitate the creation and promotion of an information repository. Members will participate in extensive intelligence gathering and a series of workshops and expert round table discussions will be undertaken to iteratively review, and validate the network’s findings and good practice case studies. These activities will be used to share knowledge and experience. SABER will work with regions in 3 streams; an early stream (for regions ready to plan deployments in the short term) a main stream (to support regions in achieving the 2013 DAE objectives) and a future stream (supporting regions to achieve the 2020 DAE objectives). Tools, methodologies and guidelines will be developed to assist regions in their own satellite broadband deployment planning. SABER will seek to build consensus between stakeholders on solutions to address broadband gaps across European regions.  A final conference will be held to ensure that the results and outcomes of the network are disseminated as widely as possible.  Finally the activities of the network will be mainstreamed into partners’ organisations and other relevant organisations such as ESOA, ISI, NEREUS and ESA to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the activities.
Subsequently, outcomes foreseen in the SABER Thematic Network will include:

  • A critical assessment of actual satellite broadband service deployment and associated case studies. 
    • The identification of regional requirements for planning satellite deployment.
    • The creation of a White Paper on use of satellite solutions to achieve 100% broadband coverage.
    • A future roadmap for satellite technology.
  • A toolkit and set of guidelines for regions to support the deployment of appropriate satellite broadband solutions.