Modernisation of the EU Electronic Communications regulatory framework and the Consolidation of the sector.
Date : June 4, 2013
Place : Brussels (Universitaire Stichting)
Ideas for modernizing the regulatory framework and boost investment in Europe’s Digital Future
Commissioner Kroes has recently announced that the Commission will table before October 2013 proposals to ensure a
fully functioning Digital Single Market by 2015. A first draft might be published in June 2013.
The seminar will examine the following issues :
• What is a functioning digital market?
• How to balance the objectives of competition and investment?
• What is required to create the optimal investment environment?
• How to ensure that the infrastructure needed to drive information technology led productivity gains and growth is
put in place?
Towards a consolidation of the electronic communications sector in Europe?
A debate has recently re-emerged in Europe on the fragmentation of the telecommunications markets and the dark contrast with
the more consolidated US market. The question of the optimal level of competition of national markets is also raised.
The seminar will explore the following issues :
• Is there a shortage in the provision of pan European telecom services?
• Why the electronic communications framework has not delivered consolidation?
• How to define consolidation?
• Four operators minimum: laudable goal or inefficient duplication of assets?
• Is consolidation desirable?
• Appraising the level of competition: static vs.dynamic effects
• Is there a business case for cross-border consolidation?
• Network sharing as a way of delivering economies of scale Should spectrum pooling be allowed?
• Industrial policy: still a dirty word?