A new Public Policy approach for the European Telecoms Industry

The challenge of digitalisation: The economy, society and citizens face a challenge at global level—digitalisation. Impacting all areas of life and work, this phenomenon will result in a tremendous upheaval. Such a prediction doesn’t require any extraordinary forecasting abilities; all of us, from the individual to society at large, are already caught up in this process to a greater or lesser degree. Some, better prepared, will make use of the opportunity, while others, less prepared, will stumble into the process, as it were. To whom to talk to in Europe? Now that digitalisation has taken hold of every area of […]

Europe deserves the fast lane

Europe’s people and economy deserve the fast lane! A New Regulatory Paradigm for the Digital Industry in Europe Current situation: White smoke rose over Brussels, as it were, when on 6 June 2018 negotiations over the new telecoms regulatory framework, EECC, were completed. Despite the massive changes in the digital sector over the last decade, the last time the EU made significant changes to the sector’s regulation was in 2009. Not surprisingly, in various press releases, representatives of the European Parliament and the Commission expressed their satisfaction and pride at the task accomplished in recent years. Industry and investor circles, on the […]

European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) — Back to Square One
Contribution to the discussion

  The negotiations over the EECC are in the final stages. Among many well-informed observers, the developments up to now are raising serious doubts as to whether the anticipated outcome will be in line with the original, appropriate intentions of the European Commission. One of the objectives, clearly, was to substantially improve connectivity within the EU, in order to allow broad participation of its citizens and to move forward the digitisation of the economy. The primary aim here is increased public welfare, by utilising the socio-economic effects arising from digitisation. Correspondingly, within the EU and beyond, public policies for awarding […]

Europe, Quo vadis?

Thoughts on a vision for Europe – centralism vs. subsidiarity Essay by Georg Serentschy Amidst the dramatic repercussions of the 2008 global financial crisis, Austrian journalism giant Hugo Portisch wrote the following in a 2011 book entitled “What Now?”: The world is coming apart at the seams. The situation is serious. It would seem justified to ask: Can Europe still be saved? Or our currency, the Euro? Who actually invented this EU? Who and why? Are we not entitled to a great many answers? 1 Now, six years later, the (rhetorical) questions posed by Portisch and his verdict that “the […]

Europa, quo vadis?

Hugo Portisch schrieb 2011 – mitten in den dramatischen Nachwirkungen der Finanzkrise 2008 – in seinem Buch „Was jetzt?“: „Die Welt ist aus den Fugen. Die Lage ist ernst. Die Frage scheint berechtigt: Ist Europa noch zu retten? Unsere Währung, der Euro? Wer hat eigentlich diese EU erfunden? Wer und weshalb? Ist man uns da nicht eine Menge Antworten schuldig geblieben?“ Diese (rhetorischen) Fragen von Portisch sind sechs Jahre später mehr denn je aktuell, sein Dictum, dass die Welt aus den Fugen sei, ist wohl unübersehbar gültig, denken wir nur an die schwelende Euro Krise (zugedeckt durch die brennende Migrationskrise), […]

Perspectives of the European debate on Net Neutrality and Zero-Rating – can BEREC square the circle?

This note aims to highlight some aspects of the European Net Neutrality debate and its future perspectives after BEREC has released its “Draft Guidelines on the implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality rules”. Consultation of these draft Guidelines closed recently and BEREC is set to present the final version of its Guidelines by August 30, following an extraordinary Plenary Meeting on 25. August 2016. Similar to other jurisdictions, the European debate on Net Neutrality was highly contested from the outset and it was interesting to observe, that the conflicting lines of arguing on the European macro-level (Parliament and […]

Some thoughts on a better aligned European Industrial Telecom Policy

This paper aims to provide food for thought for a better alignment of the European Industrial Telecom Policy against the background of the creation of a Digital Single Market in Europe. 1. Opportunity: The digital economy offers significant opportunities for Europe in terms of economic growth, innovation, technological development and social benefit. These opportunities have been widely recognised: “I believe we must make much better use of the great opportunities offered by digital technologies, which know no borders… Enhancing the use of digital technologies and online services should become a horizontal policy, covering all sectors of the economy and of […]

GROUP20 explores fresh telecom policy ideas

Friday 27. March 2015, Magnus Franklin, a Brussels based senior telecom journalist published an article in MLex on how the European Commission is testing novel forums for gathering fresh outside ideas for their telecom ruling, aiming at sidestepping the trench warfare that up to now characterizes Brussels battles over telecom rules. In his article Magnus Franklin provides some insights on the work devised by GROUP20: “Another route the commission is using to explore fresh policy ideas is a newly formed body of telecom experts known as ‘GROUP20’. Not to be confused with the group of 20 largest economies (G20), GROUP20 […]

Gearing Up for Regulation 2.0 (InterMEDIA March 2015 Vol 43 Issue 1)

The European telecoms sector is faced with significant challenges in terms of rapidly emerging new technologies and new forms of competition and business models driven by these technology changes. The year 2015 will be pivotal for European policymakers, regulators and competition watchdogs to improve the environment for the European telecoms sector and to enable more investment. When defining the trajectory of regulatory modernisation, Europe should avoid going for incremental improvement only and rather aim at an ambitious scenario and step up to a ‘virtuous circle’, based on innovation, investment and smart regulation (“Regulation 2.0”). Based on my recent work for […]

Why Europe’s telecom sector needs regulatory modernization

The European telecom sector is faced with significant challenges in terms of rapidly emerging new technologies and new forms of competition and business models driven by these technology changes. 2015 will be a pivotal year for European policy makers, regulators and competition watchdogs to improve the environment for the European telecom sector. Regulation is the single most important driver in the telecoms sector. HSBC’s Global Regulatory Heatmap report[1] aims to take the regulatory temperature globally and to identify those countries where regulation is most and least supportive of investment, and then to assess how the world’s largest operators are exposed […]