Panel discussion: Telecoms drumbeat for the future of connectivity

Presented by ETNO
21 March, 4 - 5:20 PM CET
In-person and online

Rapid technological change and increasing consumer demand is putting pressure on Europe’s network infrastructure. In the age of 6G and ultra-fast fibre as well as the development of the so-called metaverse, what is the future of connectivity and who will drive it?

For policymakers, the difficult balancing act is to ensure Europe’s connectivity needs are met and operators have enough incentives to invest, while protecting consumer’s interests.

This POLITICO Live event will convene in person policy makers, regulators, and industry leaders to explore what is needed to make Europe’s network infrastructures future-proof and who is best placed to manage the risks and challenges on that journey.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How much do telecommunications networks really need to upgrade and where is the funding going to come from?
  • Should Big Tech contribute financially to telecommunications infrastructure?
  • What are the longer-term consequences of charges for certain types of content?
  • What are the implications of metaverse on network infrastructure?
  • What does connectivity look like in the age of 6G?
  • What role/responsibility do telcos have as connection needs change – and data loads increase from metaverse-like services?




4:00 PM CET Registration and welcome coffee

4:30 PM CET Welcome remarks by POLITICO's moderator

4:35 PM CET Introductory remarks by Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO

4:40 PM CET Panel discussion

  • Konstantinos Masselos, Chair 2023, Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
  • Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Deputy CEO Europe, Orange
    More speakers to be announced

5:20 PM CET Closing remarks followed by a networking cocktail


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