Rome, Italy 26-27 September 2018


The aim of the workshop is to share views and examine the regulatory, technical and economic issues in IOT/M2M, focusing in particular on one of the most promising sectors in IOT/M2M: the automotive sector. This application is ripe with challenges for the regulators. It is a field where safety concerns, data-intensive processing, and technological innovation really push the boundaries of traditional electronic communications regulators and fellows’ regulators such as transport authorities.  In comparison with other IoT applications – smart metering for one – autonomous driving has a much wider range of issues, which amongst other thing will require significant cooperation between different regulatory bodies.

The workshop has been prepared considering the questionnaire distributed on the different aspects of the future national and international challenges, being aware that we are almost facing a paradigm shift in our ordinary life, with a lot of not easy issues to be solved in order to guarantee a level playing field for the industries and a fair protection of the consumers.

Introduction session – current market developments, adapting NRA organization and regulations for autonomous driving (Dr. Arnulf Heuermann, Detecon)

Regulatory issues in IOT and focus on autonomous driving (standards and guidelines) (Davide Gallino, AGCOM Italy)

5G and autonomous driving (Dr Bernd Sörries, WIK)

Numbering resources in connected cars (Francesco Bernabei, AGCOM Italy)

Massive M2M Communications – Challenges for NRAs (Aleksandar Mastilović, CRA Bosnia-Herzegovina)

5G technical issues leveraging next generation mobile networks. Industry perspective (Massimo Morganti, Ericsson)

5G technical and regulatory issues leveraging next generation mobile networks. NRA’s perspective (Eng. Mohamed Ramadan, NTRA- Egypt)




In 2017 AGCOM, the Italian Regulatory Authority for the electronic communication sector, took over the Presidency of the European Mediterranean Regulators Group (hereinafter referred to as “EMERG”), having been appointed during the 2016 Plenary meeting in Sharm el Sheik (Egypt).

The present document will go through all the activities undertaken during 2017, in line with the mission and the remit of the Group, as stated in the EMERG Charter.

The EMERG experienced some logistic problems in 2016 that undermined the participation of the Members in the meetings. For this reason, in 2017 it was decided to hold most of the events in Europe, also trying to optimize their organization by strengthening the cooperation among the Members. In 2017 the EMERG, in cooperation with DETECON (the consultant company supporting the Group selected by the European Commission) made an effort to meet the deadlines set and to produce documents as foreseen in the rules of procedures. The present report will therefore provide a summary of the activities carried out as stemming from a dense agenda, due to the delay in the accomplishment of the work plan 2016, as well as to other institutional activities planned at international level. The report will summarize the main results achieved in every meeting, not only in terms of participation, recommendations and discussion, but also with a view to the international role played by the Group within and outside Europe. In this latter respect, the EMERG participated in several inter-platform initiatives, including the joint BEREC-EMERG meeting held in Cascais (Portugal) on 31 May-1 June and two further events:

  1. Regional Co-operations among Regulators, held in Paris on 25 April 2017.
  2. Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR)_Regional Regulatory Associations Meeting (RA) in Bahamas on 11-14 July 2017.

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The NTRA Egypt as EMERG’s Chair for 2018 accepted the application of Libya to become a sponsored member of EMERG.

We are very glad to have Lybia back as an EMERG member!


Since 2009 the Euro-Mediterranean Regulators’ Group (EMERG) has undertaken an annual benchmark of its member National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs). The results form the basis for the evaluation of the level of approximation of the southern Mediterranean countries (hereinafter also referred to as MENA countries) with respect to the European Framework for the electronic communications sector and the formulation of the Group’s Annual Work Plan.

There are minor changes in the organization of the 2017 Report compared to the 2016 Benchmark report. The 2017 Report seeks to quantify the rapprochement between MENA and European countries by showing the evolution of individual indicators over time. The use of digitization indices (Network Readiness Index, ITU Development Index) has remained unchanged. Like previous reports information about key performance indicators and trends of the telecom sector has also been collected and an update of the regulatory activities of the EMERG members in 2016 and 2017 is provided.

Chapter 1 of the Report is an introduction. Chapter 2 describes main trends in the telecommunication markets (fixed and mobile) in the EMERG countries based on data provided by EMERG members and other sources such as ITU, the World Bank etc. Chapters 3 to 8 focus on regulatory developments (institutional issues, market entrance conditions, consumer issues etc.) in EMERG countries. Finally, chapter 9 includes Regulatory Fiches from Member States that have participated in the survey.

THE REPORT: Final_EMERG_Benchmark_Report_2017

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