An intelligent and innovative Europe cannot be built without its backbone: next generation broadband access. European policymakers at all levels – regions, states and the EU as a whole – are conscious of this. This awareness has been transformed in various political initiatives, from the EU Digital Agenda to regional initiatives.
However, there is a substantial gap between Europe and other developed economies, such as South Korea and Japan, in terms of the pervasiveness of next generation broadband access. A renewed effort and commitment is required to bridge the divide, but most importantly, to also stimulate economic growth through broadband infrastructures and services.
There are clear challenges to face – deployment costs, demand uncertainty, and regulatory inefficiencies – but the difficult time that Europe is currently facing requires an exceptional effort in order to drive growth. This effort calls for a more synergic collaboration between the private sector and the public sector in order to accelerate the penetration of next generation broadband access, and transform the urban and rural areas of Europe into a single, unified smart continent.
Posted in Broadband, Competition, Digital Agenda for Europe, discussion, FTTH
Tagged broadband, competition, DAE, EU, FTTH, incumbent, next generation, ngb
‘ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND’ – POLICY AND PRACTICE’
21st May 2012 – 9:00-18:30, Sofitel Brussels Europe
Keynote Speech by Neelie Kroes
Vice President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, European Commission
TU Delft present the findings and recommendations from their new report
Do we need industrial policy to achieve Digital Agenda targets? Will the market deliver the Commission’s broadband targets on its own or should policy-makers be more pro-active? Should we favour fibre-to-the-home or be technology neutral? Should pricing be used to incentivise investment in NGA? Should policy-makers favour “infrastructure competition” or a “one-network” approach? Delft University of Technology presents new research and other high-level stakeholders from industry and regulators debate the pros and cons of different approaches.
Access pricing and non-discrimination: How could proposed new rules from the European Commission on access pricing and non-discrimination affect ultra-fast broadband deployment
Could entrants win the fibre race?: Under what circumstances can new entrants get ahead and is the business case sustainable?
Infrastructure competition and technologies: where are the limits? Presentations on the future capabilities of fixed and mobile technologies and case studies on fibre and cable roll-out. Is infrastructure duplication a realistic and desirable objective?
Enabling fibre roll-out: financing and demand – exchange of views with equity and bond investors and infrastructure funds on factors influencing investment decisions. Are the interests of investors and consumers in conflict or can they be made to coincide?
Ownership, separation and equivalence: an assessment of outcomes achieved through different models ranging from functional separation in the UK, to “independent” utility fibre investors, to Government as the network owner to co-investment by multiple telcos.
Posted in Broadband, Competition, Digital Agenda for Europe, discussion, FTTH, Models
Tagged incumbent, national, next generation broadband, regional, strategy, superfast