Why do we Need a Regulation Revolution?

Start date: Tue, May 24th 2022 12:00 PM CET

The telecoms sector is already facing questions about the nature of competition, cross-sector regulation, spectrum management and more. As the industry faces its own transformation, will existing regulatory structures and concepts support, accelerate or hinder even the outcomes that policymakers themselves demand?


  • Konstantinos Masselos
    Konstantinos Masselos
    President of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission & Incoming Chair, BEREC

    Professor Konstantinos Masselos has been appointed as the President of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) in February 2018. In 2006 he joined University of Peloponnese, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the leader of the computer systems research team. He served as Rector of the above university the period 2012-2017. He was also Head of the Department of Computer Science (2009-2011), Vice Rector (2010-2012) and Head of the Research Committee (2010-2013). During the period 2010-2016, he served as Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the Imperial College London. Also, from 2005 to 2008, he was Lecturer in digital systems at the same university. From 2001 to 2004, he joined Intracom Telecom SA, Greece, where he was involved in research and development projects regarding wireless communication systems. He has been involved in several research and development projects and has consulting experience in various industries, start-up companies and public organizations. Since 2005 he is also regularly involved as an expert in different European Commission units. He was member of the Scientific Committee of European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) organization from 2015 to 2017. His main research interests include compilers, High Level Synthesis (HLS), FPGAs, high performance computing and computing systems for space. He has authored more than 120 papers in international journals and conferences. Professor Konstantinos Masselos received his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece (1994) and an MSc in VLSI Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom (1996). In April 2000 he received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Patras, Greece in cooperation with the Inter-university Micro Electronics Centre (IMEC) in Belgium, where he was a researcher from 1997 to 1999.

  • Heidi Himmanen
    Heidi Himmanen
    Chief Advisor, Traficom Finland

    Dr. Heidi Himmanen is a Chief Adviser at the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom. Her tasks include promoting the uptake of wireless communications in different sectors, such as transport, cities, and industry. The work includes supporting R&D and innovation and bridging the needs of the spectrum users with the development work in spectrum management. Her international responsibilities include co-chairing the 6G work and mobile technology evolution of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group assisting the European Commission.

  • Gerard Pogorel
    Gerard Pogorel
    Economic & Social Sciences Department, Telecom ParisTech

    Gérard POGOREL is Professor emeritus of Economics, Institut Polytechnique de Paris-Telecom Paris Graduate School of Engineering, CNRS Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation. He is an international expert in telecommunications, media and the digital economy. He published recently widely circulated and influential position papers: EU Strategic Autonomy, industry implications in the changing world trade order (European Liberal Forum), 5G for Industry 4.0: Actors, Challenges, and a New Start for Europe, Convergence in Media and Telecom in the face of COVID-19 (Report to the Robert Schuman Foundation, co-authored with Augusto Preta), The new post-COVID-19 International Trade Order, Spectrum 5.0 Re-thinking Spectrum Awards for Optimal 5G Deployment, and a reference book The Radio Spectrum: Managing a Strategic Resource. He co-founded the European Spectrum Management Conferences, acted as its Chair/Rapporteur, and is a frequent speaker in international conferences. He is an expert with the European Commission, and was Chair of the European Union Framework Research & Technology Development Programme Monitoring Panel, and Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the EU Information Society and Technologies Research Programme. He co-authored a report to the Prime Minister of Italy assessing the investments by operators in Broadband networks in the European Digital Agenda perspective. He participates in numerous international Government-level and regulation Authorities Committees and Scientific Committees on telecom and media policy and regulation in Europe and Asia. He is a Senior Fellow with the European Liberal Forum and Officier des Palmes académiques.

  • Georg Serentschy
    Georg Serentschy
    Managing Partner, Serentschy Advisory Services GmbH

    Georg Serentschy's professional career spans a period of more than 40 years. It began in the field of nuclear physics, after which he devoted himself to industrial research and development in various industrial high-tech areas such as software development, solar energy, aerospace and telecommunications. After his industrial career, he joined Arthur D. Little, a strategy consulting firm. The next step was to head the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications in Austria (RTR-GmbH) for more than a decade. The highlight of his regulatory career was the chairmanship and vice-chairmanship of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications). In 2014, he founded his own consulting boutique focused on advising the C-suite and top experts in the digital sector (platforms, telecom, media and technology) on strategy, regulation & competition, spectrum policy, cybersecurity policy and innovation. One of the main focus areas of his consulting work is the strategic positioning of companies in a specific regulatory environment. In parallel, Georg serves as Senior Advisor for the Communication practice and the Public Policy Practice of the global law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

  • Erik Bohlin
    Erik Bohlin
    Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation, Chalmers University

    Erik Bohlin is Professor at the Department of Technology Management & Economics at Chalmers University of Technology. He has published in a number of areas relating to the information society - policy, strategy, and management. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Telecommunications Policy. He obtained his graduate degree in Business Administration and Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics (1987) and his Ph.D. at Chalmers University of Technology (1995).

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