Wednesday, 20 September 2017

EU's new Digital Single Market plan lacks substance, telcos say

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Wednesday 06 May 15

Brussels aims to encourage network investment, create a level playing field between telcos and OTT providers; telecoms industry calls for more detail.

Incentivising network investment, helping telcos compete with over-the-top (OTT) players, and coordinating spectrum rules together form the basis of one of 16 proposals contained within the European Commission's Digital Single Market (DSM) plan launched on Wednesday. Some claim the plan lacks substance though. Industry observers and lobby groups cheered the announcement but called on Brussels to explain how it will accomplish its objectives. The far-reaching and ambitious strategy has three principle goals: to improve cross-border access to digital services; to create a level playing field that will foster growth in digital services and networks; and to maximise the growth potential of the digital economy…

Incentivising network investment, helping telcos compete with over-the-top (OTT) players, and coordinating spectrum rules together form the basis of one of 16 proposals contained within the European Commission's Digital Single Market (DSM) plan launched on Wednesday. Some claim the plan lacks substance though. Industry observers and lobby groups cheered the announcement but called on Brussels to explain how it will accomplish its objectives. The far-reaching and ambitious strategy has three principle goals: to improve cross-border access to digital services; to create a level playing field that will foster growth in digital services and networks; and to maximise the growth potential of the digital economy…

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