Ultrafast Broadband: how to tackle Europe's demand problem?

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Date: 
12/12/2017 - 14:00 to 17:30
Venue: 
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.

The impact of digisation on all aspects of European economies and society continues to grow. As a result, the broad availability of ultrafast Internet access will be a crucial element of future economic growth and societal development. It is thus no surprise that investments in next generation access networks and the rollout of updated fibre network infrastructures are top priorities for European policymakers. The European Commission has set a target that, by 2025, all European households, rural or urban, should have access to ultrafast broadband.  

However, such policies assume that sufficient levels of demand – and particularly the willingness to pay – exist or will come to exist. This should not be taken for granted – a lack of demand in a large number of member states already stands in the way of the transition to ultrafast broadband. Whereas supply-side policies have historically been prioritised to foster the diffusion of broadband access services, CERRE will publish a new research paper examining the demand-side policies that can push the transition to ultrafast broadband.  This innovative new research will:

  • Consider what determines the demand for ultrafast broadband;
  • Identify what motivates consumers to switch from basic to ultrafast broadband;
  • Address the demand-side barriers that exist;
  • Examine demand-side policies which could help accelerate the transition to ultrafast broadband;
  • Analyse the relation between demand-side and supply-side policies for the transition to the next-generation of access networks.

The findings and policy recommendations of the report will be presented and debated at this CERRE Executive Seminar, bringing together a wide range of senior representatives of the digital industry, policy-makers, regulators and experts.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

 

13:30

Registration

14:00

Chairman's welcome and introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

Keynote speech

14:30

Presentation of the findings of CERRE report
 

Professor Marc Bourreau

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor of Economics, Telecom ParisTech

 

 

Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London

 

 

Professor Steffen Hoernig

Associate Professor, Nova School of Business & Economics

 

 

15:15
Panel discussion 1: Is the demand for ultrafast broadband sufficient and why? 

16:00

Coffee break
16:20
Panel discussion 2: How to accelerate the transition to ultrafast broadband?
17:20
Closing remarks
17:30
Cocktail reception
 

Discussants:

 

Wassim Chourbaji*

‎Vice President & Head, Public Policy & Government Affairs, EMENA,
Qualcomm

 

Stephen Collins*

Chief Policy Officer,
Veon

 

 

Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning*

Chair,
Commissariaat voor de Media

 
 
 

Eric Debroeck*

‎Director, Regulatory Affairs,
Orange France

 

 

Axel Desmedt

‎Member of the Council,
BIPT

 

 

Paul-Marie Dessart*

Secretary General,
Orange Belgium

 

 

Hervé Dupuy*

Acting Head of Unit 'Investment in High-Capacity Networks',
DG Connect, European Commission

 

 

Dr. Wilhelm Eschweiler*

Vice President,
Bundesnetzagentur

 

 

Erzsébet Fitori

Director General,
FTTH Council Europe

 

 

John Frank*

Vice President, EU Government Affairs,
Microsoft

 

 

Damir Hajduk*

Director,
Agency for Electronic Media, Croatia

 

 

Danielle Jacobs

Chair,
International Telecommunications Users Group

 

 

Jan Krancke

Vice President & Head, 'Regulatory Strategy & Economics' Division,
Deutsche Telekom

 

Reinald Krueger*

Head of Unit 'Markets',
DG Connect, European Commission

 
 
 

Roger Loppacher i Crehuet*

President, 
Conseil de l'Audiovisual de Catalunya

 

 

Enrique Medina*

Chief Policy Officer,
Telefónica

 

 

Professor Antonio Nicita

Commissioner,
AGCOM

 

 

Gina Nieri*

Member of the Board,
Mediaset

 

 

Torstein Olsen

Specialist Director,
Nkom

 

 

Markus Reinisch*

Group Public Policy Director, Global, 
Vodafone

 
 

Christoph Schmon*

Senior Legal Officer; Team Leader, Consumer Rights, 
BEUC

 
 
 

Oliver Stehmann*

Deputy Head of Unit 'State Aid', 
DG Competition, European Commission

 
 

Steven Tas*

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Proximus
Chairman, ETNO

 

 

Dr Stephen Unger*

‎Group Director & Board Member,
Ofcom

 

* to be confirmed

 

Tuesday 12 December 2017, 14.00-17.30,
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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