BITS seminar on 'Co-Investment in Telecoms' 11 May 17 | Brussels, Belgium

Cullen International, together with the universities of Namur and Leuven, held a seminar on 'Co-Investment in Telecoms' on May 11, 2017.

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Co-investment and network sharing have become common practice for over a decade in the mobile sector and are making an inroad in the deployment of fiber networks in a number of EU Member States.

While competition law had to face co-investment cases since the 2003 T-Mobile/O2 mobile network sharing cases in Germany and the UK, co-investment is now making an entry into ex-ante EU electronic communications law. Under specific conditions of transparency and openness, the deployment of very high capacity networks by co-investors would not be subject to SMP wholesale access obligations.

The purpose of this BITS seminar is:

  • To understand the welfare effects as well as the strengths, the weaknesses, the opportunities and the risks of co-investment in the deployment fixed and mobile telecommunications networks; 
  • To understand under which conditions the markets alone will lead to co-investment and whether markets should be nudged towards such deals;
  • To explore the consequences of co-investment on the possible emergence of competitive wholesale broadband markets and to assess the effect of continued wholesale access obligations on the incentives of market players to co-invest; 
  • To gain a better understanding of the limits to co-investment in terms of competition law. 

List of speakers:

  • Fatima Barros - Anacom 
  • Wolfgang Briglauer - ZEW Centre for European Economics Presentation
  • Carlo Cambini - Politecnico di Torino Presentation 
  • Richard Feasey - University College of London Presentation
  • Emmanuel Tricaud - COLT 
  • Jan Krancke - Deutsche Telekom
  • Marc Lebourges - Orange 
  • Ben Wreschner - Vodafone
  • Bo Andersson - PTS 
  • Rita Wezenbeek - European Commission, DG Competition
  • Carlota Reyners-Fontana - European Commission, DG Connect 


Full programme

Event summary and briefing on co-investment in telecoms 


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fee & registrations Standard fee: € 150 (drinks included) Fee per delegate (VAT excluded)

Free for staff of the EU Institutions and National Permanent Representations to the EU If more than two persons participate from the same organisation, the other participants pay only € 100. Ph.D. students and former DTIC-students of UNamur benefit from a reduced fee of € 100.

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