On 17 December 2020, EMERG held a virtual meeting with BEREC for the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. EMERG was represented by Samer Ali, EMERG Chair 2020 (MTIT Palestine) and Paola Calestani, Member of the EMERG Permanent Secretariat (AGCOM Italy); BEREC was represented by Dan Sjoblom, Chair BEREC 2020, Michel Van Bellinghen, Chair BEREC 2021, László Ignéczi, Director BEREC Office, Tom Boyce (ComReg, Ireland), Ola Bergström, (PTS, Sweden).

EMERG representatives underlined the importance of the renewal of the cooperation between the two regional platforms, giving continuity to the agreements and the activities fruitfully undertaken in the previous years: one of the main EMERG goals is the approximation to the European regulatory framework in the electronic communications sector and BEREC has been recognised more and more as crucial partner to help EMERG in reaching this strategic objective.

The two parts agreed on holding joint workshops and on setting up common experts working groups in the coming years, when feasible. In particular, the suggested topics of cooperative relationship are the followings:

  • Promotion of competition in markets, services, infrastructures, supporting the digital transformation.
  • Connectivity and 5G networks: regulatory challenges.
  • Broadband deployment and promotion of NGA/VHCN roll-out.
  • Promotion of investment by means of a pro-competitive regulation.
  • How to overcome the Digital divide.
  • Spectrum management.
  • International roaming tariffs.
  • Open Internet / Net neutrality.
  • Consumer protection and end-users’ interests in the electronic communications ecosystem.
  • Administrative procedures and operational issues concerning the NRAs’ activity.

In the light of the increasing cooperation between EMERG and Eastern Partnership (EaPeReg), EMERG was invited to participate to the EaPeReg 16th Plenary Meeting (Virtual) on 3.12.2020.

At the welcoming session EMERG, represented by Paola Calestani (AGCOM) EMERG Member of The Permanent Secretariat, thanked the EaPerReg group for the invitation and highlighted the importance of the cooperation between the two regional platforms. In addition, regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the States to face this disruptive situation, Paola Calestani recalled the important role of the National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in assuring connectivity for the all the countries, allowing, among the others,  smart working, e-learning, e-health, and many other essential services.

Regarding cooperation with EaPeReg, EMERG proposed to the Plenary a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parts especially focused on the topics of common interest.

For further information regarding the EaPeReg plenary please visit their website at this page.

EU4Digital: Telecom (EaPeReg) 16th Plenary Meeting (1) (eap-events.eu)

EMERG held, virtually, its third 2020 workshop about International Roaming on 7 December. The Workshop was chaired by Naama Henig, representing the Ministry of Communication of Israel (MOC) and Chair of the EMERG International roaming Expert working group and it was hosted by ANACOM (Portugal), EMERG Incoming Chair.

Initially, Arnulf Heuermann (DETECON) gave an overall introduction on the topic at stake, giving updates about the work done by the EMERG EWG:

International Roaming: Regulatory Options, ECOWAS Regional Roaming and Status of the EMERG Working Group – Arnulf Heuermann DETECON

Then, Liliia Malon (Ukarine) EaPeReg Network – Eastern Partnership Member, in charge of International roaming, gave a presentation on the experience in the regional area they cover. EMERG cooperation with EaPeReg is becoming more and more fruitful and it is s strengthening also for the next year.

Roaming Initiative of the Eastern Partnership countries EMERG WS on International RoamingLiliia Malon EaPeReg Roaming EWG Chair

Then, Manuel Costa Cabral (ANACOM) presented the experience of the  international roaming working group within the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP)

The international roaming working group within the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP) – Manuel Costa Cabral (ANACOM) 

 

The EMERG Plenary assembly will be held via videoconference from Palestine on 23 June 2020, chaired by MTIT, EMERG Chair 2020. Due to COVD-19 emergency, it was not possible to organise a physical meeting as planned at the Contact network  in Frankfurt.

According to the EMERG Charter the Plenary’s tasks are:

  • Appointing the Chair 2021;
  • Appointing the members of the Permanent Secretariat;
  • Establishing Expert Working Groups and appointing their Chair or co-chairs.
  • Approving the Work-plan;
  • Approving the Annual Report and the Benchmark Report of the previous year and decide on their publication on the EMERG Website;
  • Granting membership and/or observer status to candidates;
  • Adopting and amend the EMERG Charter;
  • Adopting and amend its own rules of procedure, as well as those of the Contact Network and the Permanent Secretariat;
  • Discussing regulatory issues and proposals emerging from the benchmarking or working group activities with a view to approximation

A public version of the Agenda will be published in due course.

The EMERG/Contact network meeting is the preparatory meeting for the EMERG Activities for 2020.

According to the EMERG Charter, the Members have to discuss the following issues:

  • Discuss the yearly Benchmarking Report, and approve the draft to be presented to the Plenary Assembly;
  • Assess the implementation of the Work-plan and the recommendations and decisions adopted by the Plenary Assembly;
  • Ensure and plan the follow-up of these recommendations and decisions;
  • Discuss the tasks and rules of procedures of the Secretariat and propose modifications to the Plenary Assembly whenever necessary;
  • Follow up on the development, enhancement, and efficient utilization of EMERG website;
  • Study the issues of common interest likely to be the object of debates and discussions during the Plenary Assembly;
  • Propose any document to be approved and/or published to the Plenary Assembly;
  • Propose a draft agenda for the following Plenary Assembly.

 EMERG Members considered the proposals for the work plan 2020 and collected volunteers for hosting the workshops and for chairing them as rapporteur.

Furthermore, the EMERG CN called for volunteers to serve as EMERG Chair in 2021. At the same time, EMERG CN opened the same call for Members of the Permanent Secretariat, considering that CRA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as outgoing Chair, and MTIT (Palestine) as Chair 2020 are part of it.

2019 was a very fruitful year for EMERG and during the CN three reports, drafted by the competent expert working groups in cooperation with the consultants, namely:

-EMERG Report on International Roaming (International Roaming EWG chaired by MOC Israel)

-EMERG Report on Sustainability (Sustainability EWG chaired by NTRA Egypt)

-EMERG Report on Approximation to the EU Framework (Approximation EWG Chaired by CRA Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

 

The new role of regulators in the era of the new ecosystem of telecommunications and the new challenges of telecom regulation

Rapid technological change that we have been witnessing over the years have significantly influenced the way we live, work and interrelate. Digital transformation brings new opportunities for citizens and industries, but also new challenges for the operators and regulators. Telecom industry is at the center of the technological revolution led by the use of the emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, new “over-the-top” operators, Robotics and Blockchain.

The role of NRAs is becoming complicated in increasingly complex Telco sector where the boundaries between industries are blurring. Communication services are becoming a core product of many non-Telco industries and thus the regulatory area of responsibility becomes unclear.

It is becoming more and more obvious that modern ICT services are forcing NRAs to co-operate with other national and international public Regulatory Authorities.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the regulatory aspects related to the new telecom ecosystem that rise from innovative technologies such as IoT, OTT, AI. The main question is what will the future role of NRA imply in expending a pure regulatory task to digital industries? The Workshop should also provide an overview of structural and organizational requirements that stand in front of NRAs in order to meet new challenges and define necessary improvements in terms of human capital, new work processes and know-how.

Programme

The new role of regulators: Example IoT ecosystem”, Dr. Arnulf Heuermann, DETECON

OTT Multimedia Services, Vesna Gaspar, HAKOM Croatia

The governance of networks, Stefano Lucidi, WIK

RPA and Intelligent Automation Roadmap, the power of the future vision and the cognitive vision sensing for data pattern, Eman Roshdy, NTRA Egypt