Politecnico di Milano

Aula Emilio Gatti, Building 20

Città Studi, Via Ponzio, 34/5

Milan, Italy

Friday, 11 November 2022

and virtually on line

Please find here the link to register


The latest update of the “2030 Digital Decade Policy Programme” foresees that, in the EU, all populated areas are covered by next generation wireless high-speed networks with at least 5G equivalent performance.

In accordance with the principle of technology neutrality, all technologies and transmission systems shall be able to contribute to the achievement of the Gigabit connectivity, including the current and upcoming advancements of 5G, satellite, or any other future ecosystem and next generation Wi-Fi.

However, with a number of countries failing to meet previous deadlines relating to 5G rollout and release of spectrum, participants will look at the extent to which this new framework can help address the 2030 Digital Decade Programme of the European Union targets, and which technical and regulatory solutions can help fostering connectivity in the whole of the Mediterranean.

Therefore, the European Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG) organizes a workshop on solutions to the connectivity challenges, including the cost of energy, focusing in particular on the role of 5G networks and comparable technologies in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

The workshop is part of the workplan 2022 under the Presidency of the Ministry of Communications (MOC) of Israel, in cooperation with the Italian National Regulatory Authority for Communications (AGCOM), the Politecnico di Milano and the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).

The workshop will start with an overview on the main provisions currently included in the, taking into consideration the main EMERG mandate which is related to the approximation to the EU Regulatory framework for the Mediterranean Countries; eventually, it will develop the following areas of interest:

  • Technology and energy costs – The technology mix: 5G, new developments in non-terrestrial networks and next generation connectivity, such as Fi-WI (Fiber to Wireless). Keeping it all together: investments and reducing energy consumption.
  • Regulation – The Role of the National Regulators (NRAs): technical and regulatory options.
  • Case studies – Europe and the Mediterranean Area. The role of the operators and stakeholders in fostering connectivity and innovation in different industries and countries

The meeting, hosted by Politecnico di Milano and chaired by AGCOM, will be held both in presence and online: students, operators and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend.


08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.10 Opening of the meeting and welcoming of the participants
  Massimiliano Capitanio, Commissioner, AGCOM (Italy)

Naama Henig, EMERG Chair 2022, MOC (Israel)

09.10 – 09.30 Introduction
  The Role of 5G and other ecosystems in the 2030 Digital Decade Programme

Franco Accordino, Head of Unit, High-capacity networks (DG Connect, European Commission)

09.30 – 10.30 Future challenges in the application of the 5G technology. The technology mix: 5G, Fi-Wi, 5G over Non terrestrial networks
Antonio Capone, Dean of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering, (Politecnico di Milano)
Maurizio Dècina, Emeritus Professor (Politecnico di Milano)
Michele Zorzi, Professor Department of Information Engineering (University of Padova)
Richard Majoor, (Detecon, Germany)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00 From digital divide to digital inclusion
The role of state aid in fostering connectivity

Isabel Arias Valdès, Subdirección de Regulación de Comunicaciones Electrónicas (CNMC, Spain)

  Non-Terrestrial Networks: Digital Inclusion from Above

Giampaolo Panariello, CTO – Mediterranean Area (NOKIA)

  Daniel Gueorguiev, Government & Policy Advocacy Director • GFMC GPA Europe (ERICSSON)
  Christine Arida, Board member and Advisor to the Executive President (NTRA Egypt)
12.00 – 12.30 Regulatory challenges in developing broadband connectivity: the role of national regulators
  Massimiliano Capitanio, Commissioner (AGCOM)
  Tal Elimelech, Deputy Director General, Israeli Ministry of Communication (EMERG Chair 2022)
  Dimitris Varoutas, Vice President, Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission (EETT)
  Jaroslaw Ponder, Head, ITU Office for Europe (International Telecommunication Union)
12.30 – 13.15 Improving energy performance in 5G networks
  Daniele Franceschini, Technology and IT Planning, Engineering & Innovation, (TIM)
  Marco Zangani, Network Director Italy & Mobile Access Engineering (Vodafone)
  Fulvio Margherita, Radio Network Planning and Operation Director (WindTre)
13.15 – 13.45 Case studies
  The application of 5G networks in the industrial structures of the future. The 5G smart factory

Andrea Malagnini, CIO (EXOR International)

  Aviram Shmueli , CTO (Blue White Robotics)
  Elind Sulmina,Project Officer at ITU Office for Europe (International Telecommunication Union)
13.45 – 14.00 Conclusions (AGCOM)






According to the EMERG 2021-2022 Work Programme, and under the Expert Working Group on Communication, a series of webinars was conducted since December 2021, provided by experts from EMERG members on various matters relevant to the regulatory authorities. So far, the following webinars have taken place:

.     2 December 2021, presentation by CNMC, the Spanish on “Demand side data: The CNMC Household Panel”;

.     15 December 2021, presentation by ANACOM, the Portuguese regulator, on “NET.mede tool”;

.     20 December 2021, presentation by BTK, the Turkish regulator on “Turkish consumer protection regulations under development to tackle new challenges arising from rapid uptake of new telecommunications/ICT services”;

.     27 January 2022,  presentation by ANACOM, on “International connectivity: challenges and opportunities”;

.     10 February 2022, presentation by ANACOM, on “Regulated access offers to poles and ducts”;


.     24 February 2022, presentation by ANACOM, on “Submarine cables”;

.     31 March 2022, presentation by ARCEP, the French regulator, on “Achieving Digital Sustainability”.

So far, this Platform has proven to be a win-win project, as it enables delivering focused overviews on topics of interest to all, building it from the available expertise from different resources (beginning by EMERG members, institutional partners and external stakeholders).

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 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.


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