Session 2

Initial headline*

Access, digital divide, and telecom (market) regulation

Proposed title

Need for speed: Ultra fast broadband networks for bandwidth-hungry services – challenges, issues, trends

Final title

[DL: 15 April]


Today, investments in high-capacity broadband network infrastructures are desirable for economic growth and necessary for high-bandwidth demanding services. With its 2020 Digital Agenda for Europe, the European Commission has set out targets for ultra-fast broadband coverage and take-up. The Commission has even traced the path for Gigabits networks and 5G deployments. It seems that without a commercial interest for investment in rural areas, the digital gap between them and urban areas is growing bigger and bigger. There are many chellanges among all parties about how to achieve these goals and how to make sure that these ultra-fast networks to be available to all users: policy makers, operators, service providers etc. The provision of the bandwidth demanding services based on the principles of best effort and open Internet seems to be a desirable scenario for the service providers. On the other side, operators are looking for equal playing field with over-the-top players and are demanding old telecom rules to be reevaluated in order to reflect new market conditions.

Key words

Drivers for NGA, rollout and investment, Gigabit sociaty, Digital Agenda targets 2020, cost reduction for NGA deployment, 5G, digital divide, Telecom Regulation Review – CODE, investment incentives, access regulation, OTT services, net neutrality, bandwidth-hungry services

Session description

[DL: 15 April]

Session format

[DL: 15 April]

Main roles

Key participants/Resource persons (if applicable):


Online moderator:


[DL: 30 April]

Session messages

[To be added at the end of the session.] 


1. Europe 2020 – A European Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

2. EU Directive 2014/61/EU on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks

3. Proposed EU Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code 

4. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Connectivity for a Competitive Digital Single Market – Towards a European Gigabit Society

5. 5G for Europe Action Plan

6. Advancing Europe’s digital future: Digital Headlines

7. EU Digital Scoreboard

8. The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)

9. Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2017 – FAQs

10. How digital is your country? Europe improves but still needs to close digital gap – 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 

Relevant proposals

(1), (3), (4), (5), 6,  (11), 14, (36), (37), (38), (40), 73, 74 – See full list of proposals

Organising team

  • Sinisa Apostoloski, Agency for Electronic Communications, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (focal point)
  • Dušan Caf, Slovenian IGF (focal point)
  • Anelia Dimova, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Bulgaria
  • Nuno Garcia, UBI, Portugal
  • Slobodanka Gievska, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Blagoj Hristov, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Nikola Ognenovski, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Valentina Pellizzer, One World Platform, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Vladimir Ristevski, Vip, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Ucha Seturi, Small and Medium Telecom Operator’s Association, Georgia
  • Contact points from SEEDIG’s executive committee: Dušan Stojičević, Sorina Teleanu


*The session is currently under development. All relevant details will be added once they are agreed upon by the organising team, but not later than the indicated deadlines.


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