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BEREC strategy 2021 - 2025
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Together with the call for contributions to the public consultation on the draft BEREC WP 2020, a first call for input to the review of the BEREC Strategy was launched on 7 November 2019. After considering the input received from respondents the 42nd BEREC Plenary meeting approved the Draft BEREC Strategy 2021-25 for public consultation.
This latest update of BEREC’s strategy covers a period of five instead of three years, namely 2021-2025. This extended period enables better alignment with the legislative cycle of the European Commission, and the objectives and new priorities set out by President von der Leyen for the period of 2019 -2024. At the same time, the structure of the BEREC strategy is being kept so as to follow the strategic high-level priorities around connectivity, digital issues and end-users. To ensure that the BEREC strategy remains relevant and aligned with future developments, BEREC will revisit its strategic priorities over the course of the period.
The stakeholders are invited to express their views on the draft strategy 2021-25.
This early call for input is the first stage of the consultation process for the WP 2021. BEREC will consult again on its draft WP 2021 after the third BEREC Plenary of 2020 (1-2 October 2020).
Interested parties are kindly asked to send their contributions for both the BEREC Strategy 2021-25 and their early input for the BEREC WP 2021 no later than 13 April 2020 (17:00 CET) to the BEREC_Strategy_2021email@example.com address or provide it here through the BEREC online consultation platform.
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P33 - Strategic priority 1: Again, how does making "fibre backhaul necessary" reconcile with abovementioned statements in the document? How does it respect technology neutrality? BEREC should rather stimulate / lower the barriers of use of all available technologies for backhaul, be it wireless, satellite or wireline.
P18 - "bridging the digital divide": Digital divide is an issue that does not depend on 5G super performances but on the actual deployment of affordable and robust broadband connectivity solutions to everyone, everywhere. BEREC could make it clear to the EU Commission and invite all stakeholders to contribute to overcoming the digital chasm, without waiting for 5G to be available everywhere.
P17 - "dependence of fibre backhaul": How does this statement reconcile with abovementioned statements on "integration of different networks and technologies" or "cloud of solutions"? Without denying the high value of fibre, it is very surprising to imagine that all new wireless technologies depend, or will ever depend, on fibre backhaul - hopefully, it is not necessary!
P15 - "available resources at the edge of the network": This concept of 'edge' is getting more essential than ever with 5G, as quality of service (or, rather, "quality of experience") will increasingly rely on storage and computing of content at the edge of networks. Hence the flexibility and agility of network resources are getting as important as pure throughput speed.
P13 - "the 5G network as a 'cloud of solutions'": To be more precise, tomorrow's 5G network will indeed be a common infrastructure (and not simply "a part of" it) that integrates radio, satellite and optical technologies together (not as a mere aggregation of networks) to deliver connectivity between people and between things.
P11 - "Path towards the gigabit society": Can BEREC confirm that they are talking about a "digital society" that should be fully inclusive, fair and accessible for all, as referenced in several different places of this document? P11 - "specific requirements of the infrastructure of the future": It is largely recognised that these features are not needed together simultaneously, for all applications. Some apps are more sensitive to response times (typically online gaming), others need more resilience, low bandwidth is fine for a few (e.g. IoT). Also, the question of affordability remains critical for many individual and small enterprise users across Europe. P11 - "seamless integration of different networks and technologies" actually means that most often, each connectivity link depends / will depend on a combination of several technologies to reach the end-user. Hence the necessity to adopt a policy approach that is truly technology neutral.
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BEREC strategy 2021 – 2025
5 March 2020
In 2009, the Regulation (EC) 1211/2009 established BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. It is composed of all independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) of the EU Member States. The European Commission, the independent NRAs of the EEA /EFTA countries and the EU accession countries also take part in BEREC’s work as participants without voting rights. The BEREC Office seated in Riga supports BEREC in fulfilling its tasks. In 2018, the BEREC regulation was renewed (Regulation (EU) 2018/1971).
BEREC’s responsibilities include identifying regulatory best practices and developing common positions as well as producing reports with the overall objective of a consistent application of the regulatory framework in electronic communications. Furthermore, BEREC became an acknowledged organisation as evidenced by the additional tasks that the European legislators entrusted to BEREC in the new European Electronic Communication Code (‘EECC’ or the ‘Code’) to foster the internal market. These new tasks include, among others, the delivery of technical guidelines on several subjects to facilitate the implementation of the Code, reporting on technical matters, keeping registers of providers, and developing databases for instance on numbering and general authorisations.
BEREC’s tasks go hand-in-hand with the four overarching objectives of the Code (Article3 (2)):
- Promoting connectivity and access to very high capacity networks;
-Promoting competition and efficient investment;
-Contributing to the development of the internal market;
-Promoting the interests of the citizens of the Union.
The three objectives relating to promoting competition and investment, promoting the internal market and empowering and protecting end-users were already guiding BEREC’s work in the past two medium-term strategies of 2015-2017 and 2018-2020. The connectivity target has always been pursued by BEREC through work streams around fixed and mobile connectivity and convergence. Therefore, the now four objectives remain the foundation of the assignments set out in BEREC’s multi-annual work programmes and continue to be its guiding force.
This latest update of BEREC’s strategy covers a period of five instead of three years, namely 2021-2025. This extended period enables better alignment with the legislative cycle of the Commission, and the objectives and new priorities set out by President von der Leyen for the period of 2019 -2024. At the same time, the structure of the BEREC strategy is being kept so as to follow the strategic priorities around connectivity (very high capacity networks (VCHN), 5G), digital issues (including open internet) and end-users (including the digital divide).
BEREC’s work focus will be largely impacted by technical and market developments. Due to the fast-changing nature of the markets regulated by BEREC’s NRA members, it is imperative that BEREC keeps pace with and understands the impact that new technologies have on market dynamics and business models to be able to coordinate the implementation of appropriate regulatory measures by its NRA members, where required, and so that the objectives as laid down in the Code are achieved.
The path towards the gigabit society across the EU means that the infrastructure of the future will have specific requirements. These are extremely quick response times, high capacity, resilience and efficiency, as well as seamless integration of different networks and different technologies in order to allow consumers to switch from one to another without disruption and enjoy the same customer experience irrespective of their location and connection type.
From a supply side perspective, operators have historically deployed fixed and mobile networks independently of one another, with limited infrastructure sharing, requiring relevant stand-alone investments. This modus operandi will evolve, because the technical development towards fixed mobile convergence and virtualisation now enables stronger structural convergence and cost-benefits from deploying and operating a shared infrastructure. Therefore, in some cases, the integration of mobile and fixed networks may even be necessary, e.g. to manage small cells inside buildings.