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.

March 2015



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


Gerard Pogorel
Professor Economics & Management, Telecom ParisTech
Colin Blackman
Director, CEPS Digital Forum

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

March 2015
Participation in CEPS meetings is a benefit of membership. Non-members may be admitted for €150, to be paid upon receipt of an invoice. A light lunch will be provided.


CEPS Conference Room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels