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Industrie 4.0 for Europe? Investment, Regulation and the Digital Single Market

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

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Industrie 4.0 for Europe? Investment, Regulation and the Digital Single Market


With innovation and investment taking centre stage in the new European Commission policy, this seminar will explore short-term and long-term issues for Europe’s telecommunications and digital industries. The seminar will comprise two sessions focusing on these two aspects.

Session 1: The Digital Single Market and Industry Requirements for Network and Advanced Telecoms Services

Looking to the future, the key issue is how can Europe develop a proactive industrial and R&D policy framework that will enable rapid deployment of an Industrie 4.0 approach. In consequence, what are industry’s key requirements in terms of networks and services in view of Industrie 4.0, the Internet of Things, intelligent transportation, and so on?

Session 2: Implications for the Telecoms Single Market

Given this longer-term outlook, how should future industry requirements shape the structure and regulation of the telecoms industry? In the short term, issues revolve around the telecoms regulatory framework, the structure and possible consolidation in the telecoms sector, broadband deployment, spectrum allocation, and so on. A key issue is how can Europe’s telcos break free from the low-tariff, low-usage, low-investment vicious circle, and re-engage the innovation and investment path to provide the necessary EU-wide seamless services.

Gerard Pogorel

Professor Economics & Management, Telecom ParisTech

Speakers list
Anthony Whelan

Director, Electronic Communications Networks & Services, DG Connect, European Commission

Karim Lesina

Vice President, International External Affairs – Europe, Central and Latin America & Transatlantic Relations, AT&T

Guillaume LeBrun

Director, Spectrum and Technology Policy, Qualcomm

Erszebet Fitori

Director, European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Bridget Cosgrave

Founder and Chair, Every European Digital

Erik Bohlin

Professor, Technology Management & Economics, Chalmers University

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow, Regulatory Policy, CEPS