Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.
He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.
Roberto Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was a member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators) and Chairman of the European Regulators Group (ERG).
He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.
From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).
Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
DG CONNECT has been one of the pioneers and main actors in driving 5G technologies and their deployment throughout the last few years. This is in line with the Commission strategy for the Digital Single Market, which underlines the importance of very high capacity networks like 5G as a key asset for Europe to compete in the global market.
Against this background, the Commission has established the 5G Public-Private Partnership under Horizon2020 in 2014 to lead the global development of 5G technologies, standards and large scale experimentation in close cooperation with the other leading world regions. Moreover, the Commission launched the 5G Action Plan in 2016 setting ambitious targets for 5G deployment and ensure a coordinated introduction of 5G in Europe. The Commission has worked closely with the Member States to develop a common EU 5G spectrum roadmap and to establish national 5G roadmaps based on exchange of best practice and identification of common elements at EU-level.
DG CONNECT works with all stakeholders to seize the major opportunity of 5G services for verticals such as for automotive applications. In this regard, DG CONNECT initiated at the Digital Day 2017 in Rome the process to establish a pan-European network of 5G Corridors for Connected and Automated Mobility and has recently selected first large-scale cross-border trial projects.
In February 2018 DG CONNECT launched the European 5G Observatory to closely follow the progress of the 5G Action Plan and take the necessary action to fully implement it.