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  • 8 common questions on the “fair contribution” debate

    By Maarit Palovirta, Senior Director Regulatory Affairs, ETNO

    Since the publication of the EU Digital Decade principles in January, a lively debate has been developing on whether tech giants are contributing enough to the network costs they generate. This is very relevant to the achievement of the EU Digital Decade targets, which foresee full 5G and gigabit coverage by 2030.

    In this context, policymakers and stakeholders have spoken up in the media, public debates and ETNO has published a report by Axon Partners on the EU Internet Ecosystem. As the debate continues, I would like to address what we see at the top eight questions being raised in the exchanges with stakeholders. This is our contribution, from a telecoms standpoint, to clarify what the “fair contribution” concept is and is not about.

    08 June, 2022 Read more
  • Surge in inflation requires adjustments in WACC estimates for telco regulation

    The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is a key parameter in regulatory cost control procedures and thus for setting prices for legacy services (copper). With surging inflation operators will be faced with increasing interest rates leading to increased cost of capital. However, due to backward looking provisions of the European Commission “WACC-Notice” of 2019, National Regulatory Authorities (NRA) would be forced to decrease their regulatory WACC. We would like to stress that this paper only concerns WACC, but in addition, inflation has an impact on other underlying wholesale costs which are not captured by WACC (e.g. OPEX related costs).

    30 May, 2022 Read more
  • Europe’s Digital Decade plans, gigabit networks roll-out and the fair contribution debate

    Brussels, 19 May 2022 –Europe has set very ambitious connectivity targets and aims at connecting all Europeans to 5G and fibre networks by 2030. In order to achieve such targets, the EU must accelerate the pace of roll-out and ensure that enough financial resources are available for to the telecom sector to do so.

    19 May, 2022 Read more

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  • #ThinkDigital interview: Alfons Oliver Altés, Axon Consulting

    The fourth #ThinkDigital video interview from the ETNO - MLEX event on Europe's Internet Ecosystem on 16 May 2022 compiles the main messages of Alfons Oliver Altés, Partner at Axon Consulti...

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