The review of the EU’s telecoms rules was expected to take a deregulatory approach in a thorough overhaul of the regulatory framework and lay the foundation for the Digital Single Market. The new package comprises a draft Directive for an Electronic Communications Code (ECC), along with additional (non-binding) broad targets for a Gigabit Society, a 5G Action Plan, a draft Regulation on BEREC, and a draft Regulation to stimulate the deployment of local WiFi networks in the EU.
While there is some simplification and streamlining, there are also significant departures (eg on the principle of technology neutrality), institutional changes (in the enhanced role of BEREC), and added complexity on regulation of services. Some of the more notable features to be discussed in this seminar include:
- With the push for fibre to the home, what are the implications for the principle of technology neutrality?
- What will be the implications of regulatory incentives for co-investment on infrastructure competition?
- The extension of obligations to providers of OTT services are complex. How workable and future proof are the proposals?
- With an enhanced role for BEREC, what are the prospects for spectrum harmonization across the EU?
Registration & coffee from 09.30 – Meeting from 10.00 to 13.00. Light lunch will be provided after the event.
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Panel I – Stakeholders' view:
Vianney Hennes, Orange:
Roland Doll, Deutsche Telekom:
Lise Fhur, ETNO
James Waterworth, CCIA
Panel II – Analysts' perspectives:
Alexandre de Streel, University of Namur:
Sascha Blank, Boston Consulting Group:
Brian WIlliamson, Comunications Chamber:
Peter Eberl, European Commission