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Regional Thought Leadership Forums


ECTA Regulatory Conference

10-11 December 2019

John Morris, GWF Co-Founder & Director led a Thought Leadership Forum Session at the ECTA Regulatory Conference #ectaConf19 and discussed "Technology and Policy Considerations for the Rural Narrow-to-Broadband-to-VHC Transition." 

During the Thought Leadership Forum at the ECTA Regulatory Conference the panel session discussed the promotion of connectivity and access, and take-up of very high capacity networks that the Code introduced as a new and explicit objective of EU sectoral legislation involved a universal ambition that networks extend to ‘all citizens and businesses of the Union’.  By bringing very high capacity to the population in every Member State, it involves many questions about network design and if financing is of universal relevance for deployment and business decision-making, and thus reverberating across national borders as well as continental shelves by creating the search for efficiencies in rural deployments that prompt the greatest possible diversity in terms of technological solutions. At the same time, the financing of these solutions may prove particularly risky when in borderline cases parallel deployments can invalidate the business case for either.

The panelists reflected on the practical problems of bringing very high capacity connections to the rural population and business communities evaluating the current EU toolset available, which included the Code, the Cost Reduction Directive, the Broadband Guidelines, forthcoming investment instruments, and international best practices.

Chair: John MORRIS, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Geeks Without Frontiers

Marie LAMOUREUX, Director Regulatory and Public Affairs, Altitude Infrastructure
Jean-Hubert LENOTTE, Chief Strategy and Resources Officer, Eutelsat
Dr Peter GRÜTER, CFO, Fastweb
Anthony WHELAN, Digital Policy Adviser, Cabinet (private office) of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission

View the Presentation by Geeks Without Frontiers from the Europe Thought Leadership Forum