Digital Innovation Night

The story

Has the European digital revolution started in 1992? It is at that time that some crucial trends began, with early signals of the mobile and connectivity boom coming together at the same time.

Digital Innovation Night.jpgEurope was changing and so were markets, technology, policy and regulation. May 10, 1992 was a sunny day in Madrid, when a group of European telecom entrepreneurs gathered to found ETNO. It was the first association ever representing European Telecommunication Network Operators. On that lovely day of May, the hopes were high for technological progress and the very first foundations of the Digital Single Market were being laid out at the political level. The digital revolution, though, was yet to come: it was in their hearts, in their vision, in the networks that their companies were building and developing.

1992 is the year in which momentous events happened. Europe, first. On February 7, heads of state and government signed the Maastricht Treaty, effectively creating the European Union and laying the foundations for deeper political and economic integration, for a single market and for one currency.
At the same time, technology was booming. Dial-up internet, around since the ‘80s, was first commercially offered that year. At the same time, Nokia, one of the drivers of the mobile revolution, took the strategic decision to concentrate solely on telecommunications. In the same months, the very first digital hand-size mobile telephone was launched (Motorola International 3200). The first SMS was sent in UK, just one year after the first ever GSM call, which was made by the Finnish Prime Minister, then in Helsinki, to the Mayor of Tampere, a good 170 km away.

Today, European citizens are citizens of the world also thanks to powerful telecommunication services and networks. A wealth of new digital services has been developed on top of broadband connectivity. Consumer expectations and needs, industrial sectors, public administration and the society as a whole are being re-shaped by the power of communicating.
With networks becoming smarter and smarter, new opportunities are opening up. The Internet of Things is happening and it is expected to boom in the coming years. 5G is already being tested and EU operators plan to be available commercially already in 2020, with some pioneers expecting to launch already next year. As networks and services evolve, data analytics and artificial intelligence, promise to empower citizens with ever evolving standards of quality, increased choice and innovative applications.

The history of telecommunications is also the history of how humankind communicates. Join us to discuss how our digital future will look like and how innovative networks and services can help Europe build a new digital Union.


Date: 10 May 2017
Time: 16.30h
Venue: Jeux d'Hiver, Chemin du Croquet 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Twitter: #ETNO25

  • DAY 1

    16.30 – 17.00
    Registration & Welcome
    17.00 – 18.30
    A vision for innovation

    •    Dominique Leroy, CEO, Proximus Group
    •    John Foster, Director of Strategy, CDO, Telefónica Digital

    18.30 – onwards
    Join our Digital Reception, network, mingle and... bring home a digital 3D scan of yourself

    brought to you by Of"Cores. More to be announced... .

  • Learn about the future of communications

    Before you join the reception and networking, come hear from industry leaders. They will share insights on how the future of interpersonal communications and digital services looks like. 

    • Dominique Leroy, CEO, Proximus Group
    • John Foster, Director of Strategy, CDO, Telefónica Digital

    Project yourself in a 3D world

    Sepia pictures? A bit old. Selfies? Maybe, they are a thing of the past. Come take a 3D picture of yourself and share it on Twitter, Facebook or other social media.Of”Cores & Treedys are excited to empower the next frontier of photography.

    Get insights on VR

    Who said VR is for tomorrow? Telecom manufacturers are making it happen. Join a special stand empowered by Nokia and step into 16K Virtual Reality – the Nokia Bell Labs demo of Edge Cloud-assisted VR streaming. A new way to deliver Cinematic VR, a new way to experience it…

    A stroll (and a dance) in the park

    We wouldn’t want to bother you with the usual EU-district venues, would we? Join the speeches and reception in the green heart of Brussels at an exclusive venue: the Jeux d’Hiver in Bois de la Cambre. Most importantly, enjoy our DJ as from 8pm.

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