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

Date: 
12/12/2017 - 14:00 to 17:15
Venue: 
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.

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

The impact of digitisation 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

 

14:15

Keynote speech
 

Pierre-Jean Benghozi

Commissioner, ARCEP
Professor, École Polytechnique 

14:35

Presentation of the findings of the 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

 

 

15:20
Coffee break

15:40

Panel discussion: How can demand-side policies accelerate the transition to ultrafast broadband?
17:00
Conclusions & closing remarks
17:10
Cocktail reception
 

Discussants:

Frederick De Backer

‎Manager, Regulatory Affairs,
Telefónica

 

 

Wim De Rynck

‎Head, Regulatory Markets & Developments,
Proximus

 

 

Alberto Di Felice

‎Senior Analyst, Government Affairs,
Qualcomm

 
 

Erzsébet Fitori

Director General,
FTTH Council Europe

 

 

Danielle Jacobs

Chair,
International Telecommunications Users Group

 

 

Stefan Kramer

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

 

 

Jan Krancke

Vice President 'Regulatory Strategy & Economics',
Deutsche Telekom

 

 

Marc Lebourges

Director, EU & Economic Regulation,
Orange

 

 

Professor Antonio Nicita

Commissioner,
AGCOM

 

 

Torstein Olsen

Specialist Director,
Nkom

 
 

 

Tuesday 12 December 2017, 14.00-17.15,
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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