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Kroes seeks comms bosses' ideas for high-speed broadband funds

Ian Grant

Europe's Digital Agenda boss Nellie Kroes last week invited CEOs from communications equipment manufacturers, network operators and content providers to suggest new ways to finance her goals of all EU citizens having broadband access to 30Mbps, and half with 100Mbps by 2020.

Kroes wants to confirm concrete proposals at a CEO Summit in Brussels on 13 July 2011.

The industry group was led by Ben Verwaayen of Alcatel-Lucent, René Obermann of Deutsche Telekom and Jean-Bernard Lévy of Vivendi. Apple's Steve Jobs took part by video link.

The UK was represented by BT's Ian Livingston, the BBC's John Tate, the Financial Times's Stephane Richard, Andrew Cecil from LoveFilm, Paul Richmond from Virgin Media, and Vodafone's Vittorio Colao.

There were no representatives from small or community network operators, the business user community or residential or consumer groups, which are most likely to bear the final cost of the investment.

Participants in the CEO roundtable were:

Alcatel Lucent  Ben Verwaayen
Apple Steve Jobs
ARD Oliver Werner *
BBC John Tate *
Bertelsmann Hartmut Ostrowski
BT Ian Livingston
Cogent Dave Schaeffer
DT René Obermann
eBay Richard Nash *
Ericsson Hans Vestberg
Facebook Richard Allan *
Fastweb Stefano Parisi
FT Stéphane Richard
Google Philipp Schindler *
Iliad Group Xavier Niel
KPN Ad Scheepbouwer
Liberty Global Manuel Kohnstamm *
Lovefilm Andrew Cecil *
Mediaset Fedele Confalonieri
Microsoft Jean-Philipp Courtois *
Netia PL Mirosław Godlewski
Netlog Lorenz Bogaert
Nokia Stephen Elop
Nokia-Siemens Networks Stephen Crisp
Numericable Pierre Danon
Research in Motion Patrick Spence *
Skype Stephen Collins *
SonyMusic Thomas Hesse *
Tele2 Mats Granryd
Telecom Italia Franco Bernabè
Telefonica Julio Linares *
TeliaSonera Lars Nyberg
TF1 Jean-Pierre Paoli *
Ubisoft Stéphanie Perotti *
Virgin Media Paul Richmond *
Vivendi Jean-Bernard Lévy
Vodafone Vittorio Colao
Voddler Anders Sjöman *
Wind Luigi Gubitosi

Source: European Commission

* Senior executive


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