State Aid for Broadband Networks

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Date: 
21/11/2018 - 10:30 to 13:00
Venue: 
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels

The policy recommendations of our new research project ‘A Review and Assessment of State Aid for Broadband Networks’, led by CERRE Joint Academic Director Prof. Marc Bourreau (Telecom ParisTech) and CERRE Research Fellow Richard Feasey (University College London) will be presented during a high-level event, on 21 November, in the fringes of the Broadband Days

This new report will look at areas of controversy in State Aid for the rolling out of broadband infrastructure, such as the various funding instruments and sources, the disparities in aid intensity and the variances in delivery models. It will also include a set of recommendations for efficient competition rules, which should ultimately support the achievement of the EU Digital Agenda and the Gigabit Society commitments for 2025, benefiting citizens and Europe as a whole.

 

Background

Twenty five years ago the European telecoms sector was substantially privatised and has obtained its finance from private capital markets. However, in recent years, public funds have been reintroduced into telecoms, principally in support of the deployment of ‘Next Generation’ fixed broadband access networks to guarantee access to quality networks to all users.

Since 2015 the German and Italian Governments have announced plans to spend €3 billion and €4 billion respectively, and the UK Government has spent at least €2 billion. The French Très Haut Débit scheme anticipates investment by both private and public interests of €13 billion. Cumulative State Aid expenditure across Europe today is likely to be running at over €5 billion per year.

Moreover, Commission targets for the further deployment of ‘Very High Capacity Networks’ imply a further significant increase in public funding. If these targets are to be met, public subsidies of several hundreds of billions of euros are likely to be required over the next 10 years.

*This event is primarily reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of guests. Please submit your registration request, and if confirmed you will receive an email with more details at a later stage.

10:00

Registration

10:30

Welcome & introduction 
 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

10:40

Keynote speech
 

Harald Gruber

Head, Digital Infrastructure, Projects Directorate
European Investment Bank

 

11:00
Presentation of the CERRE report
 

Marc Bourreau

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, Telecom ParisTech

 

 

Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London

 

 

Ambre Nicole

Visiting Researcher, 
Telecom ParisTech

 

11:30
Panel discussion
 

See confirmed discussants below

12:50
Takeaways and conclusions

13:00

Networking lunch
   
Confirmed discussants
 

 

Stefan Netzle

President,
ComCom

 

 

Marc Lebourges

Head, European & Economic Regulation,
Orange

 

 

Ben Wreschner

Head, Regulatory Economics,
Vodafone

 

 

  Additional discussants to be announced in the coming weeks

 

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 10.30-13.00,
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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