EMERG held virtually a meeting on the Broadband strategies on 17 December 2020, chaired by Mahmoud Hatem (NTRA Egypt) and hosted by TRC Jordan. Generally, the workshop focused on the key issues related to connectivity and roll-out of high capacity networks, covering topics related as mapping, investments, technical solutions, national experiences, and current European framework. Furthermore, EMERG invited EaPeReg to present the work done by the Eastern partnership Group on this strategic matter.

Roll-out of high capacity broadband and mobile networks: mapping the roadDavide Gallino AGCOM (Italy)

Measuring & Monitoring Broadband (QoS/QoE)Zeid Al-Kadi TRC (Jordan)

Cost-minimizing Technology Mix for roll-out of Fixed and Mobile BroadbandArnulf Heuermann DETECON

Regional approaches to Broadband Development in Eastern Partnership CountriesInga Popovici EaPeReg IRB EWG Chair

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.

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.