FSR C&M/FCP Joint Online Course on 5G: Understanding Main Policy Challenges


The course is organised by The Florence School of Regulation, Communications and Media (FSR C&M) and by 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”. 

In this first block of this year’s training edition, this course will provide expert insight into the most recent policy challenges raised by 5G, beginning with an analysis of the main differences associated with spectrum assignment from 1G networks in the early 80s until the contemporary era, taking into consideration the importance of an adequate auction design to unleash the potential of 5G on industries, economic development, and people’s lives. Further, the course will provide an overview 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 security vulnerabilities affecting wireless networks, privacy concerns and solutions. Finally, the most recent developments in the antitrust landscape will be given particular attention, with relevance to the emerging SEPs markets, encompassing the novel licensing challenges for parties involved in both standardisation and the licensing process, as determined by the development of wider and deeper interconnectivity, better known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The course will be complemented by a series of case studies regarding potential ways of implementing 5G across different industrial sectors.
The online course will provide a platform where participants can meet and learn from academics, outstanding in their field. The training will take a multidisciplinary approach, allowing everyone to gain a combination of theoretical and practical skills whilst promoting creative thinking.
Each module will consist of dedicated reading materials, self-evaluation assessments, discussions, and an interactive live class to wrap-up the week. 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 the instructors as well. 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
Course director
Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Dates
    26 Oct 2020 - 04 Dec 2020
  • Level
  • Type
  • Workload
    5/6 hours per week
  • Register by
    20 Oct 2020

Participants are invited to attend a series of webinars that aim at investigating and debating to what extent the socio-economic challenges brought on by the COVID19 outbreak could have altered the priorities and focus of policymakers, business actors and consumers regarding 5G. The webinars will take place every Thursday at lunchtime, via Zoom. Participation is free of charge. However, prior online registration is required for each webinar.

Course Structure
Welcome to the course
Live class: 26 October, 2pm CET

Week 1 – 5G: Spectrum and Auctions
26 October – 30 October
Live class: 28 October, 2pm CET

Week 2 – 5G: Regulation and Investment
2 November – 6 November
Live class: 4 November, 2pm CET

Week 3 – 5G: Privacy and Security Issues
9 November – 13 November
Live class: 11 November, 2pm CET

Week 4 – 5G: SEPs and Competition Policy
16 November – 20 November
Live class: 18 November, 2pm CET

Individual assignment submission
23-27 November 2020

Week 5 – 5G: Use Cases
30 November – 4 December
Live class: 2 December, 2pm CET

Feedback to individual assignment and certificate delivery
14-18 December 2020


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

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 (3 out of 5) and deliver the final assignments by 27 November 2020


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: 1000 €

Discounted fee for donors, officials from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and National Competition Authorities (NCAs): 700 €


Paid registration fee is non-refundable.

Course Faculty

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