The purpose of the SABER (SAtellite Broadband for European Regions) Thematic Network is to create a long term, sustainable environment in which stakeholders interested in tackling the Digital Divide by contributing to the roll out and take-up of broadband for all, at increasing speeds, and in particular through satellite-based services, can proactively collaborate. The scope of the SABER Thematic Network is to create the conditions for the most efficient and effective contribution of satellite systems to support the achievement of the objectives set in Europe 2020 and subsequently in the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE).


The main objective of the SABER Thematic Network is to address the requirements as set out in Objective 5.3 of the ICT PSP Work Programme 2012. The SABER Thematic Network is fully aligned with the specific objectives of the ICT PSP Work Programme (highlighted in bold and italics below). The SABER Thematic Network will bring together regional authorities, and analyse the experience of those which have used satellite solutions for broadband access, in order to: develop guidelines for deployment, share best practices and disseminate information to regions across Europe in need using a common, easy to access, information repository which offers access to relevant information including cost benefit analysis of broadband access by satellite, satellite offers and technical capabilities, state aid, business models, funding options including demand aggregation and recommended solutions to non-technological roadblocks. The SABER Thematic Network will explore the possible use of regional funds in relation to demand aggregation schemes and assistance, and will propose plausible adaptations in call specifications to incorporate satellite communication solutions in such calls.