Peter is managing the Commission's policy on 5Gcommunication systems and the related research and innovation programme.
Before his appointment as Head of Unit he was managingthe office of the Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, coordinatingthe Commission's digital policy initiatives. The portfolio included DigitalSingle Market, Broadband Policy, Telecoms, Media and Online Policy, theCopyright Reform as well as the EU ICT Research and Innovation Programme.
Between 2010 and 2014 he was Head of Sector"Spectrum Policy", was penholder of main elements of the Commissionproposal on the Telecom Single Market and the Roaming regulation, and wasresponsible for the implementation of the EU telecom rules in Germany andAustria.
Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the EU R&Dprogramme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards.
Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he hasoccupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia andstart-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH AachenUniversity, Germany.
DG CONNECThas been one of the pioneers and main actors in driving 5G technologies andtheir deployment throughout the last few years. This is in line with theCommission strategy for the DigitalSingle Market, which underlines the importance ofvery high capacity networks like 5G as a key asset for Europe to compete in theglobal market.
Against this background the Commission has established the 5G Public-Private Partnershipunder Horizon2020 in 2014 to lead the global development of 5G technologies,standards and large scale experimentation in close cooperation with the otherleading world regions. Moreover the Commission launched the 5G ActionPlan in 2016 setting ambitious targets for 5Gdeployment and ensure a coordinated introduction of 5G in Europe. TheCommission has worked closely with Member States to develop a common EU 5G spectrumroadmap and to establish national 5G roadmaps based onexchange of best practice and identification of common elements at EU-level.
DG CONNECT works with all stakeholders to seize the major opportunityof 5G services for verticals such as for automotive applications. In thisregard DG CONNECT initiated at the Digital Day 2017 in Rome the processto establish a pan-European network of 5G Corridors for Connected and AutomatedMobility and has recently selected first large-scale cross-border trialprojects.
In February 2018 DG CONNECT launched the European 5GObservatory to closely follow the progress of the5G Action Plan and take the necessary action to fully implement it.