Increasing complexity of public procurement procedures enforces the need for creating a EU-wide entity to support public institutions with know-how and clear guidelines how to efficiently collect all required market information and conduct tenders.

Public sector, in order to efficiently implement beyond state-of-the-art optical equipment in today’s networks needs to synchronize efforts by building a common procurement roadmap specifying common requirements in the short term and mid-to-long term areas of common European interests.


The ultimate goal of the project is to optimize the usage of public funds for building beyond state-of-the-art public networks. The key approach towards this goal is a creation of a common information platform for public procurers and support them in the whole procurement process chain by providing the organizational and technical expertise.

Introduction to PCP

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is an approach within the public procurement of innovation, developed specifically for the procurement of R&D services rather than actual goods and services; if the goods or services developed during the R&D phase are to be procured, this would need to be based on a separate procurement process. READ MORE


Introduction to PPI

Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) occurs when public authorities act as a launch customer for innovative goods or services. These are typically not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis and may include conformance testing. READ MORE


Preforma PCP Project will organize a conference on 11-12 October 2017: PREFORMA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: SHAPING OUR FUTURE MEMORY STANDARDS read more

9th CEF Networks Workshop 2017

CESNET held the 9th Customer Empowered Fibre Networks Workshop in Prague from September 11th to 12th. Major topics for this year event were: Multi-vendor/disaggregated lighting of CEF networks, interoperability and vendor-independent description of transmission systems Support of new applications and disciplines requiring photonic or dark fibre connectivity (cryptography, metrology, seismology, space, observation, sensor networks, etc.) End to end services for high precision and high performance applications, real-time applications of wide-area all-optical networks Photonic (all-optical) services, dark fibre channels, alien waves, fibre sharing, optimal or dynamic usage of transmission spectrum and virtual fibre networks SDN Approach for Systematic Service Design Methods including Lower Layers of the Networking Stack Dark fibre or channel testbeds used for experiments and additional production traffic Deployments and testing of high-speed transmission systems, power consumption of transmission systems(greening) Update of dark fibre footprint used for Research and Education Community (campuses, regional, national or continental) and experimental facilities (testbeds) Development of dark fibre footprint used for Research and Education Community (REC) in Asia, Australia, North America, South America and Europe Improvement of long term REC... read more

Conference on Innovation Procurement

The Conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.  The Conference also serves as the 3rd annual Major eafip Event. The conference programme includes: Innovation procurement experiences in Europe EU Member States’ policy and support framework for innovation procurement Economic impact of innovation procurement HORIZON 2020 calls supporting innovation procurements 2017 Procura+ Awards Ceremony on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement The target audience for the two-day conference is policy makers, public procurers and innovators. Its aims are capacity building, experience sharing and networking about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities. The event is co-organised by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC) and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission (EC). The conference is supported by the European Union Regional Development Fund. The 2017 Procura+ Awards are supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, and co-ordinated by ICLEI. More information can be found on the conference web... read more


COMPLETE organizes the workshop for the NRENs and their users on opportunities in the PCP domain and chances for the NRENs to push for new R&D in networking. The session will consist of the following presentations: Introduction to the workshop, scope and expected results (Bartosz Belter, PSNC) The EC position on Innovation Procurement (Lieve Bos, DG CNECT, EC) The PCP/PPI tutorial (Sara Bedin, independent expert) Success stories: PRACE 3IP (Philippe Segers, GENCI) The demand side: the ROWANet case (Petr Pavlinec, ROWANet) Discussion and brainstorming (Chrysostomos Tziouvaras, GRNET ) Closing remarks More information can be found at the conference web... read more