Smart Cities in Europe: Regional Status & Key Case Studies

Smart Cities in Europe: Regional Status & Key Case Studies


Smart City initiatives are developing in Europe as its growing urban population and economy are consolidating the positioning of several European cities as premium service, trade, and competition hubs. The forecasted increase in urban population will further support the development of smart city solutions.

The importance and urgency of issues plaguing citizen services significantly vary from one city to another in the European region. Countries in Western Europe are more sensitive to efficient resources management and addressing environmental issues; a vast number of projects are aimed at achieving a greener and pollution-free future. In Central and Eastern Europe, smart city projects are more focused at closing infrastructure gaps and unlocking the innovative potential of technologies to spur economic growth.

Smart city projects revolve around four priority areas in Europe: sustainable urban mobility, sustainable district and built environment, integrated infrastructure and processes, and enhanced public services. And standardized smart city frameworks and market environments in Europe have enabled the launch of pan-European smart city projects.

E-government applications are being rolled out in Europe to enhance citizen-government interactions with a better quality of service, time efficiency, and increased transparency. However, the digital divide remains a challenge primarily in a number of Southern and Eastern European countries. Many governments in Europe have launched several initiatives to improve connectivity - e.g., LPWAN and NB-IoT networks. Further investments by telecom operators will support smart city connectivity requirements.

Smart city projects are being developed and coordinated by regional and local authorities, which design projects in collaboration with several solution providers. In general, telecom operators act in the smart city value chain as connectivity service providers and a number of them have been going up the smart city value chain by providing more integrated solutions.

Smart Cities in Europe: Regional Status & Key Case Studies, a new Telecom Insider Report, provides an executive-level overview of the smart cities market in Europe. It delivers deep qualitative insights into the smart city market, smart city value chain, and ecosystem dynamics in the region. It also analyzes key trends and smart city projects being implemented in Europe.

Key Notes

  • Developed ICT infrastructure in many European countries is supporting the development of smart city initiatives.
  • Common standards and regulatory environments in the region have further spurred the deployment of smart city projects.
  • Governments in Europe are playing a key role in the deployment and funding smart city projects.
  • In general, European telecom operators act in the smart city value chain as connectivity service providers and a number of them have been going up the smart city value chain by providing more integrated solutions.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the following -
  • Overview of the smart city context in Europe and analysis of the smart city value-chain and role of telcos.
  • Overview on the main smart city opportunities and challenges and how these are driving and impacting smart city investments. Analyzes the role of telcos within smart city projects in Europe.
  • Business model and strategies of two smart city projects in Europe and telco involvement in these projects.
  • Key findings and a set of recommendations for smart city stakeholders, including telecom service providers.
Reasons to buy
  • This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the value chain and business models of smart city projects in Europe. It helps executives fully understand smart city market dynamics, determine key smart city positioning strategies, formulate effective product development plans and optimize return on investments.
  • Two case studies illustrate the findings of the report, providing insights around two smart city projects in the region, including scope, services, budgets and timelines. The case studies also give an overview of the type of smart city solutions, use cases and value propositions telcos have rolled out. This will help telecom executives craft adapted smart city strategies to unlock new revenue streams.
  • The report discusses concrete opportunities in the smart cities market, providing a number of actionable recommendations for smart city market participants, including telecom service providers.

Executive Summary
Section 1: Taxonomy & Market Context
Defining a Smart City
Elements of a Smart City
Smart City Value Chain
Section 2: Smart City Situation in Europe
Overview of Smart City Status in Europe
Challenges and Opportunities
Examples of Smart City Projects in Europe
Section 3: Smart Cities Case Studies
Moscow Smart City
The Role of Telcos in Moscow Smart City Project
Copenhagen Smart City
The Role of Telcos in Copenhagen Smart City Project
Section 4: Key Findings & Recommendations
Key Findings & Recommendations
Acronyms and Definitions
Companies Mentioned
Contact Information
List of Figures
Exhibit 1: Smart City Definition
Exhibit 2: The Four Elements of Smart City Projects
Exhibit 3: Smart City Technological Value Chain
Exhibit 4: ITU Classification of Smart City Projects
Exhibit 5: Key Smart City Challenges and Opportunities in Europe
Exhibit 6: Moscow Snapshot, Russia, 2018
Exhibit 7: Moscow Smart City Ecosystem
Exhibit 8: Copenhagen Snapshot, Denmark, 2018
Exhibit 9: Copenhagen Smart City Ecosystem

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