International Institute of Communications (IIC)

IIC Communications Policy & Regulation Week, 6-10 October, 2014. Vienna.

This year's overall theme is ' Trends in global communications: Breaking down silos to embrace convergence'…

CPR Week, 6-10 October 2014, ViennaCommunications Policy Regulation Week focuses on ‘big picture’ themes and trends that affect the communications community globally. The week combines the Annual Conference and the International Regulators Forum, bringing together regulators and industry to examine the ‘cross currents’ between the telecommunications, media and technology industry and the effect these currents have on value chain, end-users and policy-making. In addition to these two major events the week includes a number of workshops, dinners and receptions where participants can mingle more informally.

The Town Hall venue for the drinks reception hosted by the
Mayor of Vienna on the 7th October 2014.


Annual Conference 2014 - topics and themes include

Investment, innovation and competition: Time for change?

- Looking beyond US and EU for inspiration and benchmarking
- US v EU models - the industrial pillars and policy objectives of each model examined
- Who is leading and in what?

Global spectrum policy: Promoting efficiencies

- Incentivising public spectrum owners to identify and release underused spectrum?
- What are the right "components" of an optimal auction design?
- Shared spectrum, licensed and unlicensed paradigms, what are the global benchmarks?

Internet governance: Reaching consensus

- NETMundial Conference consequences and direction of travel
- Key issues for all players: Industry, society, end-users, regulators...
- What does an effective model look like? Are changes needed? Including within ICANN?


Confirmed Annual Conference Speakers

Michael Jungwirth

Bruce Gottlieb

Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Softbank Inc

Malcolm Harbour CBE MEP

Deepak Jacob

President & General Counsel - Legal & Regulatory, STAR India Private Ltd

Dunja Mijatović

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Dorothy Attwood

Paarock VanPercy

Director General, National Communications Authority of Ghana


Schönbrunn Palace Conference Centre

Michael Jungwirth

Malcolm Harbour CBE MEP

We are delighted to be holding the annual conference at the conference centre of the Schönbrunn Palace. It is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria's most-visited attraction. The baroque palace and gardens was for centuries the property of the Habsburgs and is today largely in its original condition. The conference centre is beautifully appointed with the central courtyard covered by a magnificent glass atrium.


International Regulators Forum 2014 – Hosted by the Austrian Regulatory Authority RTR at their offices.

Topics and themes include:

Regulatory harmonisation

- Adapting regulation to a global digital world
- Does the increasingly converged world of the sector demand converged regulation
- Economies of scale and models to ensure efficient use of spectrum
- Dealing across borders – how can the NRA respond?

Broadband Rollout

- What models of regulation serve all the regulator's constituents the best?
- Which regulatory measures foster investment?
- Are calls for a level regulatory playing field realistic in a digital age?

Machine to Machine

- Links across technologies: How will big data and M2M alter the work of the regulator?
- Access or interconnection: Which is the more important?
- National, regional or global: How do NRAs manage the changes?