Regional Actions in Telecommunications for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Programme details


Regional Actions in Telecommunications for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Acciones Regionales en Telecomunicación para la Pequeña Y Mediana Empresa
Programme type: Funding programme
Origin: National (Spain)
Duration: 2000 - 2003
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Background & policy context: 

Generally, small and medium-sized companies lack the elements necessary to confront technological challenges by means of the current organisation. For that reason the establishment is necessary from aid mechanisms through organisations with capacity to agglutinate collective interests of SMEs that allow the initial stages of incorporation of new technologies to be confronted. This can be by means of accomplishing experiences that allow, in a progressive way, the integration of new communication routes between companies, and where the implantation of communication tools is required to resolve tactically important points of this process and to facilitate the opening of new markets within a global environment.

Strategic Objectives: 

To impel the incorporation, by SMEs, of modern information and communication technologies to:

  • optimise the internal organisation and production systems;
  • optimise relations with suppliers and clients;
  • overcome regional imbalances; and
  • facilitate its adaptation to the EU open market.
Programme organisation: 

SMEs may apply for grants to co-finance projects whose aims may be included in any of the following action lines:

To provide groups related to SMEs with analyses, studies, and any other form of technical-economic advice which determines the feasibility and opportunity of particular actions, offering an experience exchange.

To test innovative solutions, with a reduced length and scope, which show the possibilities of establishing applications and Advanced Telecommunication Services interesting for SMEs.

To provide the availability of applications and Advanced Telecommunication Services adapted to the needs of particular groups of SMEs.

To show SMEs the potential of Advanced Telecommunication Services.

In the context of transport, all the ARTE/PYME research and technical development initiatives aim to develop and demonstrate new technologies supporting transport SMEs in improving their performance.

Leading Institutions:

Public institution

MCYT - Ministry of Science and Technology
Type of funding: 
Public (national/regional/local)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The ARTE/PYME II Programme is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF/FEDER) through the Operative Information Society Programme

Participating countries: 
Total number of projects: 

5 related to transport (from a total of 200 in the whole programme)

Projects covered: 

SI 063 - Promotion of the use of Advanced Telecommunication Services in the Transport Sector
SI 064 - Development of an Integrated Transport Management System based on GSM
SI 082 - ARTEMISA: Technological joint for the Integral Improvement of the Transport service on buses
SI 094 - Implementation project for Advanced Telecommunications Services for the Taxi sector in Gijón
SI 100 - Telematic Solutions for transport: Centre of advanced services, Network of telecommunications and on-board advice

Project Profiles:
  1. Development of an Integrated Management System for Transport based on GSM
  2. Promotion of the use of Advanced Telecommunications Services in the Transport Sector
Contact Email: 
Área de Programas Avanzados de Telecomunicaciónes Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Informacion
Plaza de Cibeles, s/n
Contact country: 
+34 91 346 15 00 - Ext.: 21798
Fax Number: 
+34 91 346 15 98