Where is spectrum management headed in 2025-35?

17/05/2018 - 15:00 to 17:45
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

*Registration for this event has closed. If you wish to participate in this seminar please contact lvs@cerre.eu*

The European Union's spectrum policy has been debated and revised multiple times in recent years, as policymakers and the telecoms sector try to keep up with demands for connectivity. This CERRE Executive Seminar will look beyond the current debate, to consider where Europe's spectrum policy is headed in the medium term, and discuss how spectrum will (and should) be managed by 2035.


Technological developments and evolutions in market structures have led to profound changes in Europe’s connectivity needs in recent years. The increasing scope of digitisation of both consumption and production, the convergence of fixed and mobile networks, consumers’ expectation of seamless connectivity, the emergence of the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine communication, and the increasingly complex demands of sectors such as transport and energy, have necessitated a revision of the EU’s radio spectrum policy.

In September 2016, in the context of the EU Electronic Communications Code, the Commission updated its rules regarding the management of radio spectrum.  The Commission’s aim was to create a stable regulatory environment, improve coordination of spectrum and reduce divergences between regulatory practices across the EU to boost the single market.

While there is no doubt that Europe’s spectrum policy is forward-looking and aims to be more efficient in future spectrum allocation and use, questions remain as to whether it goes far enough. Has Europe invested too much time in trying to address past mistakes in its current spectrum proposals, and getting the traditional award of licensed spectrum to work properly? Is it time for Europe to adopt a more visionary policy, looking for other ideas and models? Does the recent US incentive auction offer a model that Europe can, or should, follow?

This high-level event will bring together senior representatives from across the sector to consider where European spectrum policy is – and should be – headed in 2025-35.

* The number of seats at this Executive Seminar is limited. Please submit your registration request, and if confirmed you will receive an email with more details in the coming weeks. *


This event is supported by 






Welcome and introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



“Exclusive spectrum licensing will be consigned to the dustbin of history in the next 10-20 years” 

Professor Thomas Hazlett

Professor of Economics,
Clemson University



via video conference


Panel discussion: Where is spectrum management headed in 2025-35?


Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London



 See confirmed discussants below

Reaction - The political perspective

Pascal Lamy

CERRE Board Member, 
President Emeritus, Institut Jacques Delors





Cocktail reception

 Confirmed panellists



Wassim Chourbaji

Vice President & Head, Government Affairs & Public Policy, EU & MENA,



Frank Krüger

Director, Digital Society & Infrastructure, 
Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure, Germany
Vice-Chair, Radio Spectrum Policy Group


Professor Thomas Hazlett

Professor of Economics,
Clemson University


Gina Nieri

Board Member,



Stephan Netzle




François Rancy

Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU



Professor William Webb

Weightless SIG 



Thursday 17 May 2018, 15.00-17.45,
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 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