Demand-side Policies & the Transition to Ultrafast Broadband

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12/12/2017 - 14:00 to 17:30
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.


*A detailed programme as well as a list of speakers will be available in the coming days *

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


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