On 12 March 2019, atene KOM will host the Governmental Day Workshop at the FTTH Conference in Amsterdam. The agenda is now set.

As in previous years, the workshop will focus on the diverse challenges that broadband deployment poses for local and regional authorities. It informs stakeholders about policy developments at European level and identifies possible solutions for deployment practice. The event is an international networking platform where broadband deployment stakeholders can exchange and learn from each other.
In addition to new information on European broadband policy and EU plans for the future, the focus will be on best practice examples for the digitalisation of rural areas.

Agenda Governmental Day Workshop

12 March 2019, RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Room E102

Moderation: Tony Shortall, Leiter von Telage

14:00Welcome and opening remarksTim Brauckmüller
(CEO atene KOM GmbH)
Part I: Policy Update
14:10Digital Single MarketEuropean Commission broadband policy update
  • Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society

  • European Communication Code

  • WiFi4EU

  • Mapping

  • Post 2020 plans
Alexandra Rotileanu
Policy Officer, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
14:30Broadband Deployment in the EU Member StatesPresentations of Best Practice solutions from European regions

  • Innovative models of financing

  • Cost-reduction measures

  • Territorial cohesion in rural areas

  • Socio-economic impact of high-speed infrastructure

Winners of European Broadband Awards 2018:

Carina Dunk
Michaelston-y-Fedw Internet CIC, Wales, UK

Kristina Lundberg
Welcoming Sunne municipality to the Network of the Future, Sweden
15:00Geographical identificationMeasures and implications for authorities and investors: How does regulation influence the pace at which innovative services are brought to the market?Jorge Infante Gonzales
Co-Chair Market & Economic Analysis Experts Working Group BEREC
15:20Coffee Break
Part II: “European Broadband Safari”: Bridging the Rural Digital Divide
15:35Rural digital inclusionFinland’s broadband achievements, targets and planned actions to close the digital gapMaija Ahokas
Ministry of Transport and Communication, Finland
15:50Mapping the fibre infrastructure rolloutPresentation of a spatial data platform for planning, effective implementation and monitoring of the infrastructure rollout

Christian Zieske
Expert, atene KOM GmbH
16:10Digital inclusion in rural EuropePresentation of pilot activities that improve the attractiveness and productivity of rural areas

  • What are the existing common local gaps in digital skills and services?

  • Guiding measures for local authorities that help bridging the digital divide

  • Pilot projects

Dr Peyman Khodabakhsh
Project Manager, atene KOM GmbH

Wouter Degadt
e-Government Coordinator at intercommunale Leiedal
16:30Interactive session
Workshop participants discuss different dimensions of the digital divide and draw up solutions/ quick win strategies.
17:25Closing remarksTim Brauckmüller
CEO atene KOM GmbH


atene KOM is organising the Governmental Day Workshop for the fifth time. As a long-standing partner of the FTTH Council Europe, we have already participated in Warsaw (2015), Luxembourg (2016), Marseille, Berlin (2017) and Valencia (2018).
With 3 000 participants from 100 countries, the FTTH Conference is the world’s largest meeting place for broadband stakeholders! On 10 000 m2 industry leaders, experts and decision-makers will present fibre-optic technologies and discuss ICT policy and the financing of broadband expansion.