Today, the Council of the European Union is expected to agree on a negotiating mandate (‘general approach’) on the proposal for a Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA), i.e. a Regulation on measures to reduce the cost of deploying gigabit electronic communications networks across the European Union.
26 June 2023, 10:30– 16:00 CESTACE Events (Av. d'Auderghem 22), Brussels
ETNO responded today to the stakeholder consultation on the draft AI Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, prepared by the European Commission’s AI High-Level Expert Group.
Brussels, 4 December 2023 – ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, supports the continued dialogue between EU Member States and the European Commission on accelerating the achievement of the Digital Decade Targets. In view of this week’s Telecommunications Council meeting, we call for political ambition on investment and for a fresh focus on innovation in the EU connectivity ecosystem.
Brussels, 16 November 2023 – ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, welcomes the start of the World Radiocommunication Conference of 2023 (WRC-23), which will take important decisions on spectrum policy. As negotiations start in Dubai next Monday, ETNO calls on ITU Member States to prioritise the quality of mobile connectivity for consumers as well as to empower innovative 5G use cases. From a European perspective, such aspects are crucial to accelerating the achievement of the EU Digital Decade targets.
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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 Consulting.
Mr. Oliver said: "Europe is now at the crucial turning point. Several new business opportunities are set to emerge thanks to the massive availability of 5G and gigabit connectivity, bringing significant socioeconomic benefits to European citizens and businesses. We are now looking forward to the European Commission's upcoming decision on the new network funding model that will make all these objectives a feasible target.
One would actually wonder how is it similar to the discussion that took place ten years ago. Traffic levels have grown by over ten times today as compared to ten years ago. Mobile broadband has become a widespread commodity. The European Commission has set ambitious digital targets, and by no means we can say that our relationship with connectivity today is in any way comparable to that ten years ago."
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The second #ThinkDigital video interview from the ETNO - MLEX event on Europe's Internet Ecosystem on 16 May 2022 compiles the main messages of the Wolfgang Kopf, Senior VP for Group Public and Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG.
Mr. Kopf said: "We have heard today what the upcoming investment until the end of the decade is. Those minimum €250 billion have to be financed. And what we also saw today is how big the imbalance is.
This imbalance is shown in the data traffic we are seeing. This traffic has increased since 2001, 70 times the amount of 2001. If you go back to 2011, it is still 12 times more. And it still continues to increase 30% a year. The ones who are providing or originating that traffic do not pay at all in a two-sided market. We still believe that the market could work if we negotiate but we have an arbitrator, and we have a regulator in the back.
We first need to make sure that the member states and the EU Commission in the final text on the Digital Decade support this. Once this is done, we think we need to have first indications on how to shape and how to do these negotiations.
Let me also comment on with whom we want to negotiate. It is really the big 5 to 10 data originators, the ones who are responsible for more than 80% of our traffic. Broadcasters are not at all in the scope: that is a different business."
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