Tim Cowen will be speaking at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association Conference 2017 in Brussels on Tuesday 28th November. Tim will be chairing the panel session “SMP, symmetry or both?”. The discussion will focus on how ‘the interaction between SMP and symmetrical regulation enhances competition plus the benefits and limitations of each [and] … whether they are complementary, substitutable or mutually exclusive’.
Tim will be joined by: Vesa Terävä, Head of Electronic Communications Policy unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission; Phillipe Distler, Member of the Board, ARCEP; Ben Wreschner, Head of Network and Economic Regulation, Vodafone Group; Josée Van Den Berg, Manager Regulatory Affairs, Tele2 Netherlands AB; and Chiara Scimemi, Head of EU Regulatory Affairs, WIND Hellas.
With the ongoing review of the regulatory framework entering into interinstitutional negotiations, the draft European Electronic Communications Code proposed by the Commission will be centre-stage at this year’s Regulatory Conference. In addition to the core questions of competition and investment at the heart of the reform effort, the conference will also focus on other challenges and opportunities for the European communications sector: from security over cooperative, connected and automated mobility to service integration and delivery.
Through a series of keynotes and panel discussions, senior policy makers, industry stakeholders and independent experts will debate with each other and with the audience about the optimal pathways and right regulatory environment for the EU electronic communications sector to prosper. A discussion among entrepreneurs, the people who brought competition to European electronic communication markets, will provide an industry-led vision of what the new rules might entail and what is required to ensure that future regulation does not obstruct competition for economic and societal benefit.