Thursday, 27 July 2017

Interview with Dr Serentschy, 2012 BEREC Chair

Interview by ETNO Digital
Thursday 26 April 12

“Regulators need to speak more with the investing community”

Georg Serentschy will present at the European Regulatory Summit on the 30 May 2012. Find out more ETNO: Mr. Serentschy, how do the national regulatory practices differentiate in European member states? How much is this an obstacle to the single market and to investment? Mr. Serentschy: Of course everybody subscribes to the goal of a digital single market and to the need for a timeframe to get there. The difficulties we face are two-fold. On one hand all member states have a different original stand point which depends on various parameters such as the competitive structure – the number of players in the markets, the pressure from platform competitors such as cable or mobile. On the other hand we still face different regulatory practices, for instance on mobile termination rates or on bitstream access. The mission of BEREC is to create more harmonisation on the regulatory practices but of course we cannot change the initial situation of each member state and we have to take into account the specific national context. ETNO: Do you think a common approach for fixed network regulation all over Europe makes sense? Would investment not benefit from a more targeted regulatory approach depending on the local competitive realities? Mr…

Georg Serentschy will present at the European Regulatory Summit on the 30 May 2012. Find out more ETNO: Mr. Serentschy, how do the national regulatory practices differentiate in European member states? How much is this an obstacle to the single market and to investment? Mr. Serentschy: Of course everybody subscribes to the goal of a digital single market and to the need for a timeframe to get there. The difficulties we face are two-fold. On one hand all member states have a different original stand point which depends on various parameters such as the competitive structure – the number of players in the markets, the pressure from platform competitors such as cable or mobile. On the other hand we still face different regulatory practices, for instance on mobile termination rates or on bitstream access. The mission of BEREC is to create more harmonisation on the regulatory practices but of course we cannot change the initial situation of each member state and we have to take into account the specific national context. ETNO: Do you think a common approach for fixed network regulation all over Europe makes sense? Would investment not benefit from a more targeted regulatory approach depending on the local competitive realities? Mr…

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