Dear Ladies, Dear Gentlemen, Dear Colleagues,

The German Broadband Association (BREKO) and the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) cordially invite you to our networking cocktail: 

Europe on its way towards a Gigabit Society? Not without Fibre! 

on 4th July 2019 at 5.45 pm at Holland House (Aarlenstraat 20, B-1050 Brussels)

During this event we will highlight the importance of high-speed fibre networks for a modern and sustainable digital economy and a European Gigabit Society. After the European elections in May 2019, the Gigabit Society will continue to play a crucial role for European decision-makers from EU institutions, European businesses, civil society and the media. BREKO would like to make sure that all parts of the puzzle, from future-proof infrastructure to sophisticated digital services, are considered in decisions on policies and business activities. Fast fibre networks are essential for 5G.

The Belgian section of the Association of European Journalists (, always interested in hearing all sides of any subject, will co-host a discussion with BREKO as part of their Tech Talk series. Is 5G set to be a network for everything? It is maybe premature to consider 5G as a replacement of existing technologies in use. We can reasonably consider the implementation of 5G as a major change to the way we interact both at work and in our private lives. Media and journalists are among the first to be concerned. It is thus quite important, also for our members, that the technology is understandable. How governments and private actors communicate on getting 5G in place is key, for Europe and for our future as European Communities.


Highly interactive and dynamic interview session with statements and interventions from the telecommunications network providers’, the electronic industries’ and the European Commission’s perspective. An extensive Q&A session will follow the interviews.

Keynote Speakers

  • ANTHONY WHELAN, Director, Electronic Communications Networks & Services European Commission
  • KRISTINA SINEMUS, Minister of Digital Strategy and Development, State of Hessen, Germany
  • DIETER WEGENER, Chair „Industrie 4.0“, Germany’s Electrical Industry (ZVEI) and Vice-President Siemens
  • NORBERT WESTFAL, President of the German Broadband Association (BREKO) and CEO EWE TEL
  • ANTONIO ARCIDIACONO, Director Technology & Innovation, European Broadcasting Union


  • SAMUEL STOLTON, Journalist (EU affairs and digital policy), Euractiv

The first 60 minutes moderated keynote and interview debate will be followed by a reception. The event will end at 8:00 pm. If you wish to participate, please register before 11th June 2019 by sending an email to Ms Aline Koppelberg:

As the number of places is limited, final participation will be subject to confirmation. Your participation will be final upon receipt of a confirmation email. Confirmation emails will be sent from 11th June.

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Please note that the personal data collected in the course of registration will be processed by BREKO e.V. in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b GDPR for the event „Europe on its way to a Gigabit Society? Not without Fibre!“. Furthermore, we process the collected data in our legitimate interest in order to provide you with information about us, our association’s activities and our services in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. 1 f GDPR. At our events, photos and videos are regularly taken by us and can be published on our homepage, in our social media channel, in the BREKO Newsletter and, on request from journalists, also in other media. Further information regarding the processing of data can be found on the data protection information sheet of BREKO e.V. We would furthermore like to point out that journalists and media representatives who participate in the above-mentioned event, might take pictures or videos during the event and use them for their publications on their own behalf.