26th European Regional ITS Conference, Madrid 2015

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26th European Regional ITS Conference
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, 24th – 27th June 2015

"What next for European telecommunications?"

The conference aims to address issues that are highly relevant to Europe’s dynamic telecommunications market. One debate that has emerged within the European Union (EU) focuses on the structure and regulation of its telecommunications sector. The fragmented nature of the market, with 28 national markets and regulators, is preventing the emergence of the sort of telecommunications industry that the EU needs if it is to prosper in today’s global information based economy.
Operators lack the scale economies necessary to fund their investments in infrastructure or to develop new services and products. The national nature of markets complicates the regulatory process, and prevents the emergence of EU wide operators. But what should happen next? Should, for instance, the EU encourage through whatever measures necessary a single market in telecommunications? In such a single market, a new institution will have to be empowered to take over the role of national regulatory authorities at the European level. Consolidation, primarily in mobile but perhaps also in fixed, could result in larger operators able to fund the necessary investment. Though as operators consolidate, the long-standing mantra of the more operators the better, would be cast aside, requiring the emergence of a new form of regulatory intervention in telecommunication markets.
It is also unclear whether the creation of a single market would result in increased investment by operators. Arguably, there could be less infrastructure investment, at least in the short term, as operators acquire one another across Europe. This would delay the infrastructure investment sought, prolonging the digital divides that exist across the EU. Nor, for that matter, is it clear how the creation of a single market would encourage innovation in new services and products. Across the EU many national online markets are dominated by European versions of American websites, while a range of foreign manufacturers now dominate the handset market. And not only are OTT providers like Netflix having a disruptive impact on European content markets, but they are also highlighting the value of content over infrastructure that places further challenges on Europe’s telecommunications operators.

Collection's Items (Sorted by Title in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 77
Year of PublicationTitleAuthor(s)
2015QoE-based service differentiation: Business models analysis for the mobile marketMartinez, Luis; Nesse, Per Jonny; Markendahl, Jan
2015Economic determinants of optical fiber share in total broadband connections in OECD countriesSudtasan, Tatcha
2015Policies to Facilitate FTTP DeploymentLevin, Stanford L.; Schmidt, Stephen
2015Geographic regulation of next generation broadband networks: A review of practical cases and recent literatureBalmer, Roberto E.
2015Measuring reservation prices for bundles of fixed telecommunications servicesSobolewski, Maciej; Kopczewski, Tomasz
2015The Impact of Entry and Merger on the Price of Mobile Telecommunications ServicesHoungbonon, Georges Vivien
2015Facility- and Service-based Competition and Investment in Fixed Broadband Networks: Lessons from a Decade of Access Regulations in the European Union Member StatesBriglauer, Wolfgang; Gugler, Klaus; Haxhimusa, Adhurim
2015Real Options on New Generation Access Networks based on FTTH. An approach to the Spanish CaseGallardo, Fernando; Méndez, Mariano; Monjas, Manuel; Sánchez, Fernando
2015An exploratory study of the board composition of European incumbent telecommunication operatorsWhalley, Jason; Garrett, Janette; Vialle, Pierre
2015Recent Development of Net Neutrality Conditions in Japan: Impact of Fiber Wholesale and Long-term Evolution (LTE)Jitsuzumi, Toshiya
2015The value of network neutrality to European consumersArnold, René; Waldburger, Martin; Morasch, Bastian; Schmid, Frieder; Schneider, Anna
2015Study of the potential impact of Quality-of-Experience based services on Net Neutrality principlesMartinez, Luis; Alvarez, Oscar Alvarez; Markendahl, Jan
2015Increasing the Value of Telecom Operators with a Single EU MarketSerrano Calle, Silvia
2015How important are real-time communications in TV Watching? A case of AfreecaTV in KoreaNam, Kyung Jin; Kwon, Youngsun
2015Study on factors for evaluating the economic impact of data localization requirement policies on the IT industryKawauchi, Junko; Shinohara, Takeshi; Yokozawa, Makoto
2015Mobile payment: a multi-perspective, multi-method research projectBouwman, Harry; de Reuver, Mark; Cavallini, Andrea; Lourens, Jeremy; Manocha, Swati; Vaessen, Maud; Dahlberg, T.
2015Keys And Challenges To Close The Rural Broadband Gap. The Role Of LTE Networks In SpainFrías, Zoraida; González-Valderrama, Carlos; Martínez, Jorge Pérez
2015Big Data in SpainValarezo-Unda, Ángel; Pérez-Amaral, Teodosio; Gijón, Covadonga;
2015A case study cost modelling of regulatory alternatives to mitigate the mobile network coverage and capacity problems in rural areasSundquist, Mårten; Markendahl, Jan
2015Upstream Competition and Open Access Regimes: Experimental EvidenceHorstmann, Niklas; Krämer, Jan; Schnurr, Daniel
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