EIF/GSMA High-Level Roundtable Discussion ‘The global 5G promise’

Start: Sunday 25 February 2018 16:00

End: Sunday 25 February 2018 18:00

Venue: Gallery Hotel, Carrer del Rosselló, 249, 08008

Location: Barcelona, Spain

In February 2017, the focus of the EIF-GSMA High-Level Roundtable discussion was on ‘Modernising Europe’s digital rules’. This time, as we approach the definitive phase of this legislative initiative, as the European Union considers future funding for strategic technologies, and as digital transformation accelerates across industries and around the world, we will assess Europe’s progress toward our strategic 5G goals. For this modernisation, two European Commission initiatives are key: the European Electronic Communications Code and ePrivacy.

To recall these goals, as articulated by the European Commission:

The “fifth generation” of telecommunications systems, or 5G, will be the most critical building block of our “digital society” in the next decade. Europe has taken significant steps to lead global developments towards this strategic technology.

The next generation of communication systems, as pursued in 5G, will be the first instance of a truly converged network environment where wired and wireless communications will use the same infrastructure, driving the future networked society. It will provide virtually ubiquitous, ultra-high bandwidth, “connectivity” not only to individual users but also to connected objects. Therefore, it is expected that the future 5G infrastructure will serve a wide range of applications and sectors including professional uses (e.g. assisted driving, eHealth, energy management, possibly safety applications, etc).

Views will be welcome from the legislators, regulators, the supply side and the downstream demand side.


Introductory remarks:

  • Pilar del Castillo MEP, EIF Member, Head of the European Parliament Delegation to MWC
  • Afke Schaart, Vice-President and Head of Europe, GSMA


  • Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT, European Commission (invited)
  • Johannes Gungl, Managing Director of RTR (Austria), BEREC Chair 2018

Open discussion moderated by:

  • Peter Linton, Senior Advisor, EIF

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