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Date : Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Europe on its way towards a Gigabit Society? Not without Fibre!

Communication and Media
Date: Thursday, 04 July 2019 05:45 - 10:00

Venue: Holland House Aarlenstraat 20, B-1050 Brussels

During this event we will highlight the importance of high-speed fibre networks for a modern and sustainable digital economy and a European Gigabit Society. After the European elections in May 2019, the Gigabit Society will continue to play a crucial role for European decision-makers from EU institutions, European businesses, civil society and the media. BREKO would like to make sure that all parts of the puzzle, from future-proof infrastructure to sophisticated digital services, are considered in decisions on policies and business activities. Fast fibre networks are essential for 5G.


The Belgian section of the Association of European Journalists (www.aej-belgium.eu), always interested in hearing all sides of any subject, will co-host a discussion with BREKO as part of their Tech Talk series. Is 5G set to be a network for everything? It is maybe premature to consider 5G as a replacement of existing technologies in use. We can reasonably consider the implementation of 5G as a major change to the way we interact both at work and in our private lives. Media and journalists are among the first to be concerned. It is thus quite important, also for our members, that the technology is understandable. How governments and private actors communicate on getting 5G in place is key, for Europe and for our future as European Communities.




Highly interactive and dynamic interview session with statements and interventions from the telecommunications network providers’, the electronic industries’ and the European Commission’s perspective.  An extensive Q&A session will follow the interviews.



Keynote Speakers


ANTHONY WHELAN, Director, Electronic Communications Networks & Services

European Commission


KRISTINA SINEMUS, Minister of Digital Strategy and Development, State of Hessen, Germany


DIETER WEGENER, Chair „Industrie 4.0“, Germany’s Electrical Industry (ZVEI) and Vice-President Siemens


NORBERT WESTFAL, President of the German Broadband Association (BREKO) and CEO EWE TEL


REPRESENTATIVE, European Broadcasting Union, tbc





SAMUEL STOLTON, Journalist (EU affairs and digital policy), Euractiv



The first 60 minutes moderated keynote and interview debate will be followed by a reception. The event will end at 8:00 pm. If you wish to participate, please register before 11th June 2019 by sending an email to Ms Aline Koppelberg: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


As the number of places is limited, final participation will be subject to confirmation. Your participation will be final upon receipt of a confirmation email. Confirmation emails will be sent from 11th June.



All Dates

  • Thursday, 04 July 2019 05:45 - 10:00

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