The commission presented the plans as part of a broader new strategy to achieve ubiquitous high-speed connectivity across the EU.
GSMA’s director general Mats Granryd said: “The Commission has recognised the need to incentivise a step change in infrastructure investment in order to fulfil the potential of the Digital Single Market.Its spectrum policy reform proposals, for example, will help provide the consistency needed to underpin investor confidence. The Commission has also taken steps to reduce some aspects of sector-specific service regulation that are no longer relevant or appropriate in today’s dynamic and converging communications service market.”
“Telecoms markets have changed beyond recognition since the current set of rules was enacted” added Granryd. “Today’s markets are much broader in scope due to the convergence of digital technologies and services. Improvements to the Commission’s blueprint should focus on further incentivising investment and ensuring that European citizens benefit from a same service/same protection guarantee.”
The GSMA is calling on the Member States and the European Parliament to introduce further reform improvements to achieve "a step change in connectivity investment needed to underpin the Digital Single Market".
The reform package should support the 5G leadership needed to propel Europe back into the “Digital Premier League” and deliver the next wave of mobile innovation for Europe’s citizens and businesses. “It is time to lead, and to deliver for EU businesses and consumers the maximum benefits of the global digital and mobile revolution” concluded Granryd. GTB