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

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

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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.





Chairman's welcome and introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Keynote speech

Pierre-Jean Benghozi

Commissioner, ARCEP
Professor, École Polytechnique 


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



Coffee break


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


Frederick De Backer

‎Manager, Regulatory Affairs,



Wim De Rynck

‎Head, Regulatory Markets & Developments,



Alberto Di Felice

‎Senior Analyst, Government Affairs,


Erzsébet Fitori

Director General,
FTTH Council Europe



Danielle Jacobs

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,



Professor Antonio Nicita




Torstein Olsen

Specialist Director,



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