Thursday, 18 January 2018

A man walks into a bar...A tale of telecom investment woes

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 13 October 17

Telcos, policymakers and industry watchers come together to debate the investment and regulatory climate facing European operators. Ultimately, fair regulation is in the eye of the beholder

The European telecoms market is very much like a young man going out on the pull and failing. As unlikely as that metaphor might seem, that was the message from many of the stakeholders gathered in Lisbon this week for Connected Europe, although it took industry industry analyst John Strand to put it into those words. Discussions with the investment community show that Europe is considered a less attractive region to invest in than others worldwide, Strand said. "It's basically like if you're single, you go to a bar, you meet a nice girl and she says, 'listen, you're the least attractive man in this bar,'" he said. Strand blames over-regulation for that situation. Telecoms policy in Europe is effectively "a nationalisation of the industry without paying the shareholders a financial compensation for taking over the infrastructure," he said. "We are falling behind," compared with the U…

The European telecoms market is very much like a young man going out on the pull and failing. As unlikely as that metaphor might seem, that was the message from many of the stakeholders gathered in Lisbon this week for Connected Europe, although it took industry industry analyst John Strand to put it into those words. Discussions with the investment community show that Europe is considered a less attractive region to invest in than others worldwide, Strand said. "It's basically like if you're single, you go to a bar, you meet a nice girl and she says, 'listen, you're the least attractive man in this bar,'" he said. Strand blames over-regulation for that situation. Telecoms policy in Europe is effectively "a nationalisation of the industry without paying the shareholders a financial compensation for taking over the infrastructure," he said. "We are falling behind," compared with the U…

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