ChinaEU at the Digital Regulation Forum 2017

On 28-29 April 2017, ChinaEU will take part in the 11th edition of one of the most exciting and influential conferences in Europe for the telecommunications sector: the Digital Regulation Forum, that will take place at the Hyatt Regency London.

Entitled “Winners and Losers–How will the future EU electronic communications Code help deliver the Gigabit Society?”, the two-day event will once again host some of the most influential and knowledgeable speakers of the telecom and internet sectors. Decision makers from European Institutions, national and international regulators, financial investors, industrial associations and key representatives and researchers from the industry will take part to leading discussions on a host of topics relating to the digital economy. The European Commission, the European Parliament, ITU, President Donald Trump’s Transition Team, the Italian Antitrust Authority, Deutsche Telekom, GSMA, FTTH Council Europe, MIIT, Telefonica, Orange, BT, IDATE, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Vodafone Group and Facebook will all be represented in the panel discussions and available to dialogue with the audience.

This years’ Forum is held now that the European Parliament has entered a decisive stage in the overhaul of the rules of the games applicable to telecom and Internet companies in the European Union. Since the adoption of the current rules in 2009, the market has dramatically changed. New players have emerged and new situations have been created. Due to the highly interrelated and sensitive nature of the global digital network, this leaves the EU no choice but takes also into consideration the whole picture.

Being the world’s largest Internet market, China’s buoyant digital market will take a central stage in the Forum. By 2016, China has 731 million netizens, which is higher than the total number of Internet users in the EU and US. Latecomers in the adoption of Internet, Chinese people cached up at an astonishing speed and have now integrated digital technologies to an extent that is hardly imaginable in the West. A manifestation of this integration is the ubiquitous use of social networks not just for social interactions but for every aspect of people’s personal and professional life. And the boom of e-commerce, which also has seamlessly merged into citizens’ daily life, is just another innovative achievement.

ChinaEU therefore took the initiative to hold a panel discussion at the Forum on “How is China showing the way to Europe in social media and e-commerce”, bringing speakers from both academic and business sectors to look at China’s trends on social media and e-commerce, and the country’s latest digital regulations to better protect personal data and to improve cyber security.

Panelists include:

  • Zhao Shuyu, Researcher of China Academy of Information and Communications Technology of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CAICT)
  • Ji Bo, Assistant Dean of Global Executive Education & Chief Representative for Europe at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
  • Tom Griffiths, Creative Strategy Director of Qumin
  • Claudia Vernotti, Director of ChinaEU

Several key issues will be addressed during the Forum, such as

  • The increasingly diverging philosophies of market regulation and merger control in the USA and the EU;
  • The new, innovative wholesale-only and co-investment models;
  • 5G deployment plans: Emerging technologies and applications;
  • Digital Policies in Europe, US and China and whether further coordination should be sought;
  • Competition and regulation in European mobile markets “post-merger” – focusing on the “4 to 3” consolidation cases in Austria, Ireland, Germany and Italy;
  • The opportunities and challenges of Brexit for UK and EU in relation to digital communications.

For more information on agenda and participation modalities, please click here

Source: ChinaEU

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