Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday Review: Fibre-up-the-spout

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 13 July 12

EU's Kroes sets out vision for NGN regulation, while the U.K.'s fibre plans hit another hurdle.

It's fairly safe to assume that when children are asked what they want to be when they grow up, very few of them will declare their intention to become Europe's digital agenda commissioner and establish a regulatory framework that incentivises investment in next-generation network (NGN) infrastructure and safeguards competition. Not merely because it's an unenviable task, but because there are a lot of big words there too. Nevertheless the career path of one Neelie Kroes has led inexorably to this point, and on Thursday she pledged to develop a set of NGN proposals that she claims would benefit not just end users but those required to provide the capital or, if you live in London's East End, 'pony up the dough'…

It's fairly safe to assume that when children are asked what they want to be when they grow up, very few of them will declare their intention to become Europe's digital agenda commissioner and establish a regulatory framework that incentivises investment in next-generation network (NGN) infrastructure and safeguards competition. Not merely because it's an unenviable task, but because there are a lot of big words there too. Nevertheless the career path of one Neelie Kroes has led inexorably to this point, and on Thursday she pledged to develop a set of NGN proposals that she claims would benefit not just end users but those required to provide the capital or, if you live in London's East End, 'pony up the dough'…

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