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European operators say status quo is better than bad reform

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The European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) has warned that the current negotiations on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) may “result in a worsened climate for digital growth” and has called for improvements to the code, or to maintain the current set of rules. This comes as the EU institutions move to a crucial phase of discussions on the EECC negotiations and e-privacy regulation, “which will reshape Europe’s telecoms laws and set the tone for the investment environment”. ETNO highlights work on 5G in Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki where 5G services should be rolled out this year, “in a major test for the EU’s 5G readiness”. In parallel, fibre deployment efforts based on different technologies are increasing with ETNO companies counting for 56% of the FTTH deployed in Europe. “ETNO companies are also bringing fresh competition and innovation to the digital services space, with several members launching financial services, AI-based apps and strategic IoT initiatives.” But it says the pace of such transition is crucial, at a time in which other geographies are largely out-investing Europe. “Regulatory certainty is paramount to deliver the required magnitude of investment and to ensure that the pace of roll-out increases.” It concludes that the status quo is preferable to a bad reform – “Unless negotiations address threats to consumer choice and investment, the status quo is to be favoured.” It adds that spectrum reform must be bold and credible. “Investors have been disillusioned by several failed attempts of reform. Concrete results on licence duration, renewal and fees are now a pre-requisite to pan-European 5G rollout.” Further, access rules must lead to more investment and regulation should embrace innovative consumer services. Read more

  • Thursday, 22 February 2018

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