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25.03.2021
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EU telecoms operators are ‘stymied by antitrust rules’, says report

A new report claims that the EU needs to loosen rules if operators are to build the telecoms infrastructure necessary for 5G, says Reuters. The report, commissioned by telecoms industry group ETNO, claims that 300 billion Euros of investments is needed for 5G and to upgrade fixed infrastructure in Europe. Telecoms operators have been reluctant to invest the sums required without scaling collaborations currently constrained by antitrust rules. The study suggests that new ownership models, including voluntary infrastructure-sharing, split infrastructure and co-investment, could be used to help operators achieve the scale required. Operators should also be allowed to monetise the data traffic on their networks, says the report. 

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A new report claims that the EU needs to loosen rules if operators are to build the telecoms infrastructure necessary for 5G, says Reuters.

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