Very High Capacity Connectivity for future services

Lunch debate


Very High Capacity Connectivity networks are becoming a reality in the EU but with stark differences across the Union’s Member States for diverse reasons. Implementation of the Code, spectrum, deployment cost, digital divide and investment capacity remain key issues affecting the realization of this important EU Goal.

Key milestones such as the World Radiocommunication Conference in November will determine the availability of more spectrum, while a new Commission and Parliament provides a new mandate and opportunity for fresh ideas and initiatives to help achieve the exciting goals the EU has for its digital society.

Those goals include ubiquitous connectivity and delivering high performance 5G through a Network of Networks to power vertical industries to unleash new applications and services that promise to transform the lives of EU citizens and businesses. Quantum technologies, IIoT and AI are part of the future but not without challenges. This lunch will debate the state of play in the EU and the key issues we face in realizing Europe’s Very High Capacity Future as we start working towards 2030.

programme - 08/10/2019

Welcome and introduction

Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair


Anthony Whelan, Director for Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti Communications; Vice-Chair of ESOA

Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO

Darko Ratkaj, Senior Project Manager, EBU

First respondent

Christof Sommerberg, Head of Regulation and Public Affairs, BREKO’s member company Deutsche Glasfaser

Exchange of views with participants under the Chatham House rule
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