Research and Development in Advanced Communications Technologies in Europe (RACE)

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1983 Brussels Belgium


1983, Brussels (Belgium), in the framework of Directorate F, now Directorate B, of Directorate-General XIII Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation of the E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC). The Programme was completed 1994, although some projects continued to receive financing to end 1995; replaced by U-XK0957 - Advanced Communications Technologies and Services Programme (ACTS).


As approved by the Council of the European Union: Promote competitiveness of the EU's telecommunications industry, operators and service providers in order to make available to final users the services which will sustain the competitiveness of the European economy and contribute to maintaining and creating employment in Europe. Main objective: Prepare for the 'Introduction of Integrated Broadband Communication (IBC)' taking into account the evolving ISDN and national introduction strategies, progressing to Union-wide services by 1995. General objectives: Promote the EU's telecommunications industry; enable the European network operators to compete under the best possible conditions; enable a critical number of the Member States of EU to introduce commercially viable IBC services by 1995; offer opportunities to service providers to improve cost-performance and introduce new services; make new services available to final users at a cost and on a timescale at least as favourable as in other major western countries; support the formation of a single European market for all IBC equipment and services; contribute to regional development within the European Union, by allowing less-developed regions to benefit fully from telecommunications developments.


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The RACE Programme has 3 parts - I: 'IBC development and implementation strategy' whose projects address the development of a consensus on strategies for evolutionary IBC introduction and on IBC functional Systems and Subsystems. It is concerned with: development of functional specifications; systems and operation research towards the definition of proposals for IBC standards, concepts and conventions conforming to an open system approach; analytical work for establishing the interoperability of IBC equipment and services. II: 'IBC technologies' whose projects are grouped in 5 technical areas: (1) Networks and Switching Projects; (2) Optical Communications; (3) Advanced Information Processing and Programming; (4) IBC Customer Systems and Integration; (5) Usability Engineering. III: 'Prenormative functional integration' whose projects come under 2 headings - Verification Tools; Application Pilots - and are concerned with realization of an open verification environment designed to assess functions, operational concepts and experimental equipment and applications with respect to functional specifications and standardization proposals arising from Part I.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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