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27.5.2016 : 2:13

Future Internet at EC

Europe has already committed €9.1 billion to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research in its 7th Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7). Nearly hundred ongoing EU research projects based on public and private partnerships represent more than €500 million dedicated to innovative approaches to network architectures and service technologies. The challenge is to create a new set of technologies that will serve the European society’s future needs.

Commission has several activities and fora for coordination and facilitation of cooperation between national initiatives on Future Internet (Future Internet Forum, FIF) and projects of the field (Future Internet Assembly, FIA).

On October 28, 2009 Commission gave press release on Communication on Future Internet addressing the key challenges and stressing the importance on joint effort for developing required network paradigms, methodologies, techniques and platforms for meeting the needs of today's and tomorrow's society.

In the Communication Future Internet public-private-partnership (FI PPP) is published. FI PPP is an additional boost for advancement of future networks, for "smart ICT" bridging the gap between emerging paradigms and adopted applications. It is a resource allocation in the range of another €600 million (€300 EC funding) over the three coming years. The first call for large-scale targeted actions on emerging FI will open June-July 2010 with a budget of €70 million. Summer 2011 welcomes another lot of proposals worth €100 million and finally in 2012 the last €130 million will be released.