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Europe’s mobile communication sector has continued to increase in its economic and societal relevance. The number of services and users is still growing. European players compete with other players, both within Europe and in other regions. The pace of change has been extremely rapid and this can be expected to continue as more spectrum becomes available, as mobile broadband rolls out and the use of mobile technologies becomes even more pervasive.

The potential for Europe’s mobile communication sector - including mobile services, content, networks and equipment - to contribute to European competitiveness is therefore significant.

Competitiveness refers to the strength of European sectors and firms vis-à-vis competitors from Asia, India, the US and other regions. Competitiveness continues to be a key European ambition after the Lisbon Strategy and - in Information Society Policy - after the i2010 strategy.

In Europe as elsewhere, mobile communications along with other Information and
Communication Technologies are a key driver of competitiveness, and thereby critical for making Europe an attractive location for investment, business, innovation and jobs. Yet, the ICT sector is increasingly challenged by globalisation and international competition, with global players in the domains of mobile, wireless and fixed communication. In mobile communications, international competition is relevant for nearly all players and activities, from equipment and networks to content and data services. To some extent, the competitiveness challenge is addressed by European policies on competitiveness, R&D, innovation, spectrum management, competition, skills, etc.

In addition, the sustainability opportunities of ICT, as regards the possible use of mix energy sources and the contribution of ICT to energy efficiency, are becoming central to policy debates about the competitiveness of the communications sector and of Europe as a whole. The mobile sector, in particular, presents substantial challenges with respect to sustainability. The energy efficiency of the mobile sector can be improved and, more challenging, mobile services can increase the energy efficiency of other sectors and organisations (transport, manufacturing, public sectors, etc.). This may require structural changes and a mix of innovations in services, products and processes, and the collaboration of a range of actors from different sectors, as well as users. Still, the potential contribution of mobile communication to energy efficiency has received relatively little attention in policy documents such as the May 2008 Communication on energy efficiency and ICT, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and the mid-term review of i2010.

The EuroCPR 2009 Conference welcomes papers that address the policy challenges of competitiveness, energy efficiency and the interaction between competitiveness and energy efficiency in the mobile communications sector.
Relevant questions to explore include, but are not limited to:

• How can Europe’s mobile communication sector contribute to improve European
competitiveness in the light of globalisation and international competition challenges?
• Is Europe’s mobile communication sector a leader in innovations such as mobile broadband,
4th generation mobile, mobile social networking, mobile services for public sectors,
multi-platform services, ubiquitous communication and the (mobile) internet of things?
• How is the competitiveness of Europe’s mobile communication sector influenced by
emerging market structures such as oligopolies, fixed-wireless-mobile convergence,
new revenue sharing models and the importance of mobile service platforms?
• What is the impact of different European policies on the competitiveness of the mobile
communication sector, e.g. R&D policy, services innovation policy, (harmonised) spectrum
management, single market policy and skills policy?
• How is the competitiveness of the mobile communication sector influenced by European
and national policies to empower consumers, citizens and users, e.g. data roaming,
inclusion and consumer protection?
• What are the methods and indicators to measure the contribution of the mobile
communication sector to energy efficiency?
• How can mobile communication services increase the energy efficiency in sectors such as
transport, retail, health, construction, etc?
• Can Europe become a lead market for mobile communication services for energy efficiency?
• How can specific policy instruments - such as R&D programmes, benchmarking,
best practices and regulation - promote energy efficiency of the mobile sector?
The focus of the conference is on medium term Information Society policy (‘after 2010’).

We welcome papers that explore the interaction between Information Society Policy and other policy fields (e.g. research, enterprise and industry, energy and transport), the interaction between European and national policy, and the interaction between policy trends in Europe and other regions. We acknowledge that policy design can benefit from a mix of prospective papers, evidence based papers and theoretical contributions.

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Important Dates

Call for papers
September 2015
Submission of abstracts
31 October 2015
Notification of acceptance
30 November 2015
Full paper submission
15 February 2016
EuroCPR Conference
14-15 March 2016