European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Wednesday 28 November 2018

08:00-09:10 Registration, morning coffee and networking

09:10-09:30 KEYNOTE SPEECH

Jeremy GODFREY, Commissioner of ComReg, incoming BEREC Chair 2019

09:30-10:50 - Session 1 -  Open Internet: Which future for Net Neutrality and what about operating systems and app stores?

Net neutrality has for a long time been considered as the central building block of an innovative Internet economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

With policy changes introduced by the FCC in 2017 that have been perceived as a blow to net neutrality, the review of the EU rules on net neutrality in the Open Internet Regulation is being closely followed and with some anxiety by stakeholders. Meanwhile, BEREC and national regulators have drawn attention to the impact that devices, their operating systems and application repositories may have on net neutrality.

Panellists will discuss the evolving balance between different parts of the Internet economy, their respective interests in maintaining net neutrality as compared to specialised services, and the impact of layers above the network and of devices in influencing Internet openness and net neutrality outcomes. They will consider these aspects from the vantage point of the different approaches in the EU and the US, and the impact that these will have on the adoption of new network technologies such as network slicing.

Chair: Vesela GLADICHEVA, Senior Correspondent, TMT, MLex
Anthony WHELAN, Director for Electronic Communications Networks & Services, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Serge ABITEBOUL, Member of the Board, Arcep
Ursula PACHL, Deputy Director General, BEUC
John BLAKEMORE, Director of European Regulatory Affairs, Hutchison Europe

10:50-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-11:40 KEYNOTE SPEECH

Guillaume LORIOT, Director, Directorate C: Markets And Cases II, Information, Communication And Media, DG COMP, European Commission

11:40-13.00 Session 2 -  Consolidation in telecom industry: boon or bane for EU welfare?

The quest for efficiencies and scale has become a driving force for the development of national electronic communications markets in recent years.

This has included a number of fixed/mobile concentrations (Liberty Global / BASE, T-Mobile Austria / UPC Austria, Vodafone / Liberty Global), buyouts (Hutchinson / WindTre) and classical horizontal mergers (Hutchinson / Orange, Telenor / Telia Denmark). While the connectivity revolution that is sweeping other industries, and notably the promises of 5G wireless, suggest new revenue streams and growth opportunities, ARPU remains under pressure.

At the same time, VHC networks require additional capital expenditure, while online advertising revenues pass by electronic communications operators.

Against this background, panellists discuss trends towards consolidation in the telecommunications industry, its results and links with other parts of the digital economy, and the question whether merger review as part of digital competition law requires new tools to ensure that competitive communications markets can survive beyond the scope of ex ante regulation.

Chair: Hein HOBBELEN & Francine CUNNINGHAM, Bird & Bird
Kamila KLOC, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Vice-President Ansip, European Commission
Andrew ENTWISTLE, Partner, New Street Research
Matthijs VISSER, Partner, RBB Economics
Dr. Ilse VAN DER HAAR, Group Director of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Tele2 AB


13:00-13:20 KEYNOTE SPEECH 

Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

13:20-14:50 Networking delegate lunch 

14:05-14:35 Lunchtime briefing 

  • Shepperd & Wedderburn, What is New After Orange Polska? Pointers on how to come to grips with abusive behaviours in light of the latest developments in CJEU jurisprudence (Gordon MOIR, Partner, Shepperd & Wedderburn (invitation only))
  • WIK, Connecting the dots to identify growth opportunities: Cars, telcos and the challenges of defining an emerging market (Dr. René ARNOLD, Director Markets & Perspectives, WIK)

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14:50-16:10 SESSION 3 - Competing for connected Mobility: the role of telecommunications

The opening to connectivity has transformed the transport sector to an unprecedented extent: eco-friendly road transport, enhanced congestion management, intermodal fluidity and a vision zero for road accident mortality are all aspects of an evolving mobility services system driven by connectivity.

In terms of underlying communications solutions, the realisation of these ambitions critically depends on the availability of infrastructures and technologies adapted to the diverse requirements of a multiplicity of applications.

Panellists discuss the levels at and the formats in which electronic communications enter the mobility value chain and how the competitive structure of electronic communications markets is likely to impact the competitiveness of European mobility solutions.

Chair: Monica PESCE, Managing Director, VVA Economics & Policy
Despina SPANOU, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Jacques BONIFAY, CEO, Transatel
Johanna JUUSELA, Director Markets, FICORA
Emmanuel ROUTIER, Vice President Verticals, IoT, Orange Business Services


Luc HINDRYCKX, Director General, ecta


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