5G: Understanding Main Policy Challenges

6 WEEK ONLINE COURSE - 2nd edition

Our online course adopts a multi-disciplinary approach aimed at providing you with expert insights into the most recent policy challenges raised by 5G. Beginning with an overview of the ecosystem surrounding the fifth-generation technology standard, it will take into consideration the importance of an adequate auction design to unleash 5G potential on industries, economic development, and people’s lives. Further, the course will provide an analysis of the technologies and the amount of investment needed to deploy the telecommunication systems’ new generation, while identifying the type of regulatory tools capable of encouraging the whole process. Subsequent weeks will cover topics like net neutrality and network slicing. The course will be complemented by a critical overview of the new 5G business models and the challenges posed at the regulatory level. Adequate consideration will be given to the comparison of national experiences.

After an introductory week devoted to orientation, during which you will be provided with all the necessary tools to familiarise with the course online activities and contents (Week 1, 8-12 November), you will learn about:

  • The ecosystem of 5G (Week 2, 15-19 November);
  • Spectrum and Auctions (Week 3, 22-26 November);
  • Regulation and Investment (Week 4, 29 November-3 December);
  • Net Neutrality and Network Slicing (Week 5, 6-10 December);
  • New technologies, new business models, and challenges for regulation (Week 6, 13-17 December).


Each weekly module consists of dedicated reading materials, self-evaluation assessments, discussions, complementary mini-video lectures and an interactive live class. Recordings will be available shortly after each live class. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will be able to interact with each other and as well as with the instructors. At the end of the course, individual feedback will be provided to those participants who deliver the final assignment, i.e. short essay on a choice of topics related to the weekly modules, which represents a requirement for obtaining the Level 2 Certificate.

The online course is delivered on an online platform where you can meet and interact with academics, who are outstanding experts in their field.

Take our quiz and discover whether you are up to date with the main policy challenges posed by 5G


Take our quiz and discover whether you are up to date with the main policy challenges posed by 5G



Institutional partners

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The online training is organised in cooperation with: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
3 free seats will be assigned by the ITU to representatives of LDCs. For more information, please contact Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the ITU Office for Europe


The course is organised by the Florence School of Regulation Communications and Media (FSR C&M), and the Florence Competition Programme (FCP), two programmes based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI). These programmes provide state-of-the-art training for practitioners, carry out analytical and empirical research, and promote informed discussions on key policy issues in regulation and competition. Their flagship activity is the Joint Annual Training “Competition & Regulation for the Digital Era”.

This course represents the Annual Training’s first block of the 2021/2022 academic year.

Course director
Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Dates
    08 Nov 2021 - 17 Dec 2021
  • Type
  • Workload
    10 hours per week
  • Register by
    08 Nov 2021
Transatlantic Relationships in Innovation Policies: Converging Agendas?

Participants are highly encouraged and expected to attend this conference aimed at discussing policy initiatives, industrial developments and scope for cooperation among the two sides of the Atlantic in the field of IP and standard setting, including the impact on innovation and competition dynamics for global and regional economies. The Conference will take place on November 10-11th via Zoom.

Course Structure

Week 1 – Orientation (Introductory Week), by Pier Luigi Parcu and Silvia Solidoro
8-12 November

  • Welcome to the course: 8 November, 1pm (CET)

Week 2 – The ecosystem of 5G, by Chiara Carrozza and Anna Pisarkiewicz
15-19 November

  • Live class: 17 November, 1pm (CET)

Week 3 – 5G: Spectrum and auctions, by Zoraida Frias
22-26 November

  • Live class: 24 November, 1pm (CET)

Week 4 – 5G: Regulation and investment, by Carlo Cambini
29 November-3 December

  • Live class: 1 December, 1pm (CET)

Week 5 – 5G: Net neutrality and network slicing, by J. Scott Marcus
6-10 December

  • Live Class: 9 December, 1pm (CET)

Week 6 – New technologies, 5G and new business models. New challenges for regulation?, by Lapo Filistrucchi
13-17 December

  • Live Class: 15 December, 1pm (CET)
Weekly Structure
  • Before each module starts, background materials related to the topics to be covered during the week are uploaded to the e-learning platform
  • The live class, including a Q&A session, takes place from 1.00 to 2.30 pm (CET) via zoom, every Wednesday: right after the live class, the self-evaluation assessment is made available on the platform; additional readings are uploaded and the forum for collective discussion is open
  • Throughout the weekly module, from Monday to Friday, individual learning activities are carried out
Weekly Online Activities
  • Background reading materials
  • Live classes
  • Online forum of discussion
  • Weekly assignment (self-evaluation assessment consisting of ten multiple choice questions)
  • Final assignment (short essay on one of the topics of the course; the delivery of the final assignment is required in order to obtain the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ at the end of the course)
Audience & Levels

The course is designed for professionals interested in gaining in-depth knowledge over a short period of time, including in particular:

  •  Officials from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), National Competition Authorities (NCAs), and other public bodies and international organisations; policy- and decision-makers
  • Professionals from firms active in the electronic communications sector, such as network operators and service providers, OTTs, cyber-security firms, platform operators, as well as firms active in industries deeply affected by the advent of 5G and IoT (i.e. automotive, agriculture, healthcare, manufacture of domestic appliances, etc.)
  • Academics
Where do Participants Come From?


At the end of the course, participants can earn a certificate depending on their level of engagement and performance throughout the course.

Level 1: Certificate of Attendance

Awarded to all participants

Level 2: Certificate of Excellence

Awarded to participants that complete the weekly assignments on time, take part in most of the live classes (4 out of 6), contribute to the discussion form and deliver the final assignment.

All participants will be awarded a Level 1 Certificate upon receipt of the fee payment, to be submitted before the course starts.

Course Fees

General course fee: 1200 €

Discounted fee for donors, officials from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and National Competition Authorities (NCAs): 1000 €

Paid registration fee is non-refundable

Course Faculty

Any doubt?
Contact your course facilitator

Contact Silvia
What Participants say about this course

“Thank you for all the work you have done to provide us with the best online program I have ever participated in”

Simona | Austria, University of Vienna

"I'm completely satisfied, and I found the course really useful for my daily work"

Paola | Italy, AGCOM

“An excellent course, I would recommend it to colleagues for sure”

Jesus | Spain, CNM

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