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Operators say European reform will not deliver on ambition and investment

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Heads of European telecoms operators appear to have lost patience with the EU’s strategy despite having been “vocal supporters of the ambitions outlined in the digital single market (DSM) strategy”. ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operator’ Association says: “Today, unfortunately, there are no signals that the Electronic Communications Code will deliver on its original ambition and support the investments required. On the contrary, there has been little progress on vital measures to facilitate 5G rollout with stronger spectrum governance and longer licence duration. The code also falls short of supporting successful fibre investment models, which require strong incentives for co-investment and commercial agreements alike. Similarly, the code fails to provide more space for innovation and consistent standards of consumer protection for equivalent services. What is more, analysts and investors are worried about additional ex ante regulatory constraints in the field of so-called oligopolies and price regulation, while the European Commission originally proposed more regulatory certainty and better investment conditions.” Europe needs an environment that supports innovation, benefits consumers and enables increased investment in a competitive global economy, it adds. “An indispensable enabler underpinning this ambition is the once-in-a-decade review of Europe’s telecoms laws, enshrined in the code. We express our deep concern as to the status of the political negotiations among the European Institutions… We therefore call on the European institutions to urgently address the shortcomings of the current debate by re-injecting the needed ambition into the process. Otherwise, even the existing EU directives would deliver more predictability and certainty.” Read more

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

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