State Aid for Broadband Networks

21/11/2018 - 10:30 to 13:00
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels

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The policy recommendations of our new research project ‘State Aid for Broadband Infrastructure in Europe: Assessment and Policy Recommendations’, led by CERRE Joint Academic Director Prof. Marc Bourreau (Telecom ParisTech) and CERRE Research Fellow Richard Feasey (University College London) will be presented during a high-level event, on 21 November


This new report will look at areas of controversy in State Aid for the rolling out of broadband infrastructure, such as the various funding instruments and sources, the disparities in aid intensity and the variances in delivery models. It will also include a set of recommendations for efficient competition rules, which should ultimately support the achievement of the EU Digital Agenda and the Gigabit Society commitments for 2025, benefiting citizens and Europe as a whole.



Twenty five years ago the European telecoms sector was substantially privatised and has obtained its finance from private capital markets. However, in recent years, public funds have been reintroduced into telecoms, principally in support of the deployment of ‘Next Generation’ fixed broadband access networks to guarantee access to quality networks to all users.

Since 2015 the German and Italian Governments have announced plans to spend €3 billion and €4 billion respectively, and the UK Government has spent at least €2 billion. The French Très Haut Débit scheme anticipates investment by both private and public interests of €13 billion. Cumulative State Aid expenditure across Europe today is likely to be running at over €5 billion per year.

Moreover, Commission targets for the further deployment of ‘Very High Capacity Networks’ imply a further significant increase in public funding. If these targets are to be met, public subsidies of several hundreds of billions of euros are likely to be required over the next 10 years.

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Welcome & introduction 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Keynote speech

Harald Gruber

Head, Digital Infrastructure, Projects Directorate,
European Investment Bank


Presentation of the CERRE report | Part 1: Analysis

Marc Bourreau

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, Telecom ParisTech



Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London



Ambre Nicolle

Research Fellow,
ISTO, LMU Munich


Panel discussion on Part 1 of the presentation

See confirmed discussants below

Presentation of the CERRE report | Part 2: Conclusions & Policy Recommendations

Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London


Panel discussion on Part 2 of the presentation

See confirmed discussants below

Takeaways and conclusions


Networking lunch
Confirmed discussants

Erzsébet Fitori

Director General,
FTTH Council Europe



Marc Lebourges

Head, European & Economic Regulation,



Guillaume Mellier 

Director 'Fiber, Infrastructure & Territories',



Fabio Nasarre de Letosa 

Senior Legal Expert 'Investment in High-Capacity Networks',
DG Connect, European Commission



Ewoud Sakkers

Head, 'State Aid' Unit,
DG Comp, European Commission



Johannes Theiss

Senior Advisor, Networks,



Wednesday 21 November 2018, 10.30-13.00,
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels

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