– Competitive dynamics and policy implications –
Brussels, Hotel Radisson Blu Royal, 11-12 September 2012
Currently six billion people worldwide use mobile services. Within 2000 there were less than one billion users. 75 percent of the world's population now use a mobile phone and 30 billion mobile web apps have been downloaded worldwide only in 2011. Higher data volumes and higher data transfer rates through a variety of new applications and devices have fundamentally changed the mobile industry and face the market players with new challenges.
Against this background WIK organized a conference on September 11th and 12th 2012 in Brussels, Belgium, in order to illuminate the changing competitive dynamics in the mobile broadband sector and to discuss the resulting regulatory policy implications.
Over 100 high-level representatives from the mobile industry, the European Commission, regulatory authorities and science took part in the conference. Most of the participants came from European countries, but the conference also provided an appropriate platform for knowledge exchange and discussions about the latest changes and developments in the field of mobile broadband for experts from New Zealand, Japan, the USA and Canada.
Robert Pepper, Vice President of Global Technology Policy, Cisco, believes in a worldwide explosion of data traffic within the next couple of years, particularly due to the increased use of mobile broadband. He expects the global IP traffic to reach an annual run rate of 1.3 Zettabytes per year by 2016 which would roughly be the same amount of traffic as the entire IP data volume demand from 1984 to 2012.
Anthony Whelan, Head of Cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda (European Commission), expects the European mobile broadband data traffic to double in 2012 compared to 2011. He assumes that total European mobile broadband traffic in 2016 will be 14.5 times higher than in 2011.
George Serentschy, BEREC Chair 2012, sees Europe from a regulatory and competition policy perspective in disadvantage compared to North America and Asia. Europe is losing ground, especially in the areas of innovation, developing infrastructure and in attractiveness of capital and labour. In order to successfully compete with North America and Asia, Europe needs new strategies. The current legal framework in Europe should be more adapted to a fast-moving industry like telecommunications, comprising more flexibility and providing long-term incentives for investors.
This and further presentations from the conference are now available for download to all interested parties.