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Innovation and Regulation in the Digital Communications Field

  The Regulatory Journey from a European Perspective  A Discussion Paper authored by Dr. Georg Serentschy   Revised and updated version July 1, 2021   Table of Contents  1. Introduction 2. Executive Summary 3. Drivers behind the relationship between innovation and regulation 4. From current regulatory challenges to ‘Anticipatory Regulation’             4.1. Challenges and pressures on national regulators.             4.2. Anticipatory Regulation.              4.3. Regulatory Sandboxes.              4.4. High time for regulatory innovation – a new role for BEREC? 5. From […]

ITS Webinar on Open Strategic Autonomy (OSA) on January 27, 2021

In this article, I provide a review and summary of the ITS webinar on Open Strategic Autonomy (OSA) on January 27, 2021. The entire webinar can be watched here. The topic of OSA was discussed by five experts in the form of a panel discussion moderated by me: Thibaut Kleiner – European Commission, Dr. Paul Timmers – Oxford University, Carmen Gonsalves – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Jonathan Sage – Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive IBM and Derk Oldenburg – Independent advisor for Digital, Telecommunication, Transport, Institutional EU Affairs. Key question was, what does this concept mean for European […]

Das neue Telekomgesetz – Prüfstein für eine konsistente und zukunftssichere Infrastruktur- und Digitalpolitik in Österreich

Der neue Europäische Rechtsrahmen für die Telekomindustrie European Electronic Communications Code – EECC muss in jedem Mitgliedsland der Europäischen Union in das jeweilige nationale Telekomgesetz (TKG) übernommen werden. Dies ist auch eine passende Gelegenheit dieses wichtige nationale Gesetzeswerk umfassend zu reformieren und damit den Grundstein für eine zukunftssichere Infrastruktur-, Standort- und Digitalpolitik in Österreich zu legen. Ich habe in diesem Zusammenhang Mitte 2019 einige Vorschläge gemacht, wie das TKG umfassend reformiert werden sollte, um diese Ziele zu erfüllen. Die Corona Pandemie, mit der wir nun schon seit einem Jahr zu kämpfen haben, hat uns insbesondere auch die Erkenntnis gebracht, dass […]

Mobile operators in the vendor dilemma

Mobile operators in the vendor dilemma Contribution to the discussion Georg Serentschy, 2 September 2020   The global trade war between the USA and China has placed mobile network operators in a serious dilemma. The politically motivated moves against Huawei significantly limit their options for action. Will openRAN (in a nutshell, a combination of “white label” hardware and specialized software, enabling all network functionalities)1 help to release mobile network operators from the vendor dilemma? Yes and no! To answer this question, we have to distinguish three different dimensions, the political, technical and operational. Politically, openRAN is an alternative because there […]

COVID-19 triggered challenges for the telecom sector

COVID-19 triggered challenges for the telecom sector How policy makers, regulators and telecom operators are coping with the crisis Summary of a report by Georg Serentschy The eminent social and economic importance of resilient telecom networks, with sufficient capacity and resources even under unexpected stress, is strikingly demonstrated by the COVID-19 crisis for governments, regulators, the economy and citizens. In many countries, this crisis has also brought about a surge in digitization in all areas overnight as it were. Projects that had been in the drawers of decision makers for years were implemented in a few weeks because it simply […]

WiFi6 and 5G – “WiFi Goes Cellular”

Competition vs. Complementarity White Paper by Georg Serentschy 13 January 2020 DISCLAIMER: This document does not claim to give a complete and detailed picture of the ongoing discussion. Rather, essential discussion and conflict areas are briefly described in order to provide an overview of the state of the debate with the least bias possible. I am grateful for the advice and input offered by various subject matter experts while preparing this paper. Table of Contents 1. Executive Summary and regulatory challenges 3 2. Standardization of WiFi6 4 3. Autonomous driving is a prominent conflict area between the WiFi camp and […]

Die Umsetzung des European Electronic Communications Code EECC („The Code“) und die Implikationen für das neue Telekom Gesetz in Österreich

Vorwort: Dieser Beitrag richtet sich primär an die politische Gestaltungsebene in Österreich und appelliert an die Verantwortungsträger, die digitale Infrastrukturpolitik im Interesse der Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft in Österreich ausgehend von den Zielen des EECC aktiv zu gestalten. Dafür sollen alle denkbaren Spielräume bei der Umsetzung des EECC in nationales Recht soweit wie möglich genutzt werden. Um die positiven Effekte der Digitalisierung für Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft wirksam werden zu lassen, benötigt es zuallererst eine zukunftsweisende Infrastrukturpolitik und damit auch ein konstruktives Zusammenwirken der politischen Ebene, der Regulierungsbehörde, sowie aller am Markt tätigen Unternehmen und sonstiger Stakeholder. Um das politische Gestaltungsprimat wahrnehmen […]

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 […]