#GSMAConnected | Network rationalisation: making way for 4G and 5G

#GSMAConnected | Network rationalisation: making way for 4G and 5G

Start: Thursday 9 February 2023 08:45

End: Thursday 9 February 2023 10:30

Venue: GSMA Europe Office

Location: Regent Park - 1st Floor, Boulevard du Regent 35, 1000 Brussels

With the smartphone revolution and the rapid growth in wireless data services, operators worldwide are exploring opportunities to reduce costs or to re-use 2G/3G spectrum for the more cost-efficient 4G and 5G technologies, by shutting down networks using the older legacy technologies.

The commercial and regulatory push for enhanced 5G connectivity means operators worldwide are increasingly motivated to sunset legacy networks.

This #GSMAConnected event will gather key EU policy and industry decision-makers to discuss what are the most suitable market, regulatory and commercial conditions for switching off 2G and 3G networks. How is Europe doing compared to other world regions and what are the lessons to be learned? What opportunities lie ahead?


8:45-9:00 | Welcome coffee and registration
9:00-9:10 | Introductory remarks by Joe Lynch, Co-Chair of BEREC Wireless Network Evolution Working Group, and International Unit Analyst at ComReg, Ireland
9:10-9:20 | Introductory remarks by Tassos Lyratzis, Chair of Mobile Technology Evolution of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, EETT, Greece
9:20-9:25 | Global trends presentation by Emanuel Kolta, Senior Analyst, Network Sustainability and Innovation, GSMA Intelligence
9:25-9:40 | European MNOs case studies:
Michaela Angonius, Head of Legal Affairs CPS & Head of Group Regulatory Affairs, Telia Company
Pascal Rogard, Head of Brussels Office, Orange
9:40-10:30 | Discussion with participants:

  • How is the mobile industry planning for 2G/3G sunset?
  • What is delaying 2G network rationalisation projects in the EU?
  • How can regulators help achieve EU connectivity targets?
  • Will the sunset of 2 and 3G make VoLTE a priority?
  • How to future-proof IoT solutions?

The event will be moderated by Rita de Castro, Director, Policy, Europe, GSMA.

For more information please contact events@gsma.com.

#GSMAConnected Series: Small scale Big impact

This event is part of the #GSMAConnected Series of Events (formerly Mobile Meetings Series). These are small-scale, invitation-only meetings that provide a setting to explore, from a broader stakeholder’s perspective, EU policy issues that are central to the development of the mobile industry. This event will be held under Chatham House rules. Registration will be limited to one representative per company.