Strategic Networks Group (SNG) was founded in 1998 by Michael Curri, bringing together industry specialists in order to help communities better evaluate their technology investment options.
Fifteen years later, SNG is now the world leader of broadband econometrics, working with local government in North America, Europe and Australia to maximize the socio-economic impacts of broadband investments.
Over the years, our team developed a unique set of tools dedicating to measure and analyze at an micro-economic level broadband utilization and benefits to businesses, organizations and households. SNG indicators provide hence unequaled data based digital economy economic development strategies.
Jobs creation, businesses productivity and competitiveness, services quality, e-government, remote health and education, quality of life, from a national to an individual level, we help you to lead your communities into 21st century economy, we look to help make the most broad-reaching and transformational impacts that broadband can bring businesses, communities and regions.
And with more and more ultra-fast networks being built and completed, we provide the outreach, business case, and individualized tangible benefits to drive network uptake.
Strategic Networks Group has for years been helping governments, at municipal, regional and national levels to best understand where investment will make the biggest impact. Our services include:
The approach that we are applying in all of our assignments is based on both contextual evidence and measurable economic impacts accruing to the specific communities through broadband.
SNG believes that utilization of e-solutions – what individuals and organizations use broadband for – is the fundamental driver in network sustainability. More importantly, adoption is what drives economic growth and SNG’s services help to define investment strategies for e-solutions. SNG’s holistic approach helps communities and regions better ensure that broadband delivers the promised economic and social benefits.
The “build it and they will come” approach doesn’t work for getting the most out of broadband investments. Without adoption, the investments will be less likely to generate community benefits. Proponents of broadband need to follow a process (the Broadband Lifecycle) and be proactive in encouraging utilization. Understanding who is using broadband most effectively helps bring best practices and evangelists to the forefront to help motivate broadband’s late adopters.
WE BELIEVE broadband is as vital to our economy today as electrification was in the 1930’s. It’s the enabler for competitiveness in the growing digital economy. Broadband infrastructure is essential for the effective participation of businesses and organizations in today (and tomorrow’s) economy.
WE SEE the benefits of broadband as deep and significant, creating a platform for innovation that brings economic and social benefits to a region and its citizens. Communities need to take ownership of their broadband strategies to ensure their economic sustainability and future success.
SNG believes that the only way to maximize returns on broadband investments is to make sure that each step of the Broadband Lifecycle is being addressed with adequate information to guide the best decision making.
The Broadband Lifecycle is a holistic approach to Planning, Building, Encouraging, and Tracking broadband networks. While SNG doesn’t engineer or build networks, we can help at every other stage of the Broadband Lifecycle – focusing on the demand-side of broadband and how individual businesses, organizations and households are using the network.
SNG research in 3 states reveals that more than 1 in 5 new jobs (22.4%) is directly attributed to broadband and the use of e-solutions.