Position papers

ETNO's position papers present its member-companies' views on a wide range of technical, regulatory and trade issues to European Union decision-makers, national governments and the general public.

They are developed either internally by ETNO working groups or, occasionally, in co-operation with third parties such as other industry associations.

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    ETNO position paper on the New IP proposal

    Executive Summary

    In response to the proposal initially introduced in the ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), and further developed within SG11 and 13, whereby the ITU-T would take on a more consequential role in the development of IP protocols, this paper summarises the main reactions, and outlines the position of the European telecommunications sector on this important issue.

    5 November, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO-GSMA position paper on the New Consumer Agenda

    Introduction – telcos and consumers

    A 2019 study conducted for ETNO by Assembly[1] identified the telecoms sector as one which is characterised by evolving service, improved trust, and enhanced customer relationships. A result of strong competition between providers, innovation and considerable ongoing investments in networks and services, consumers derive considerable benefit from our services. As a sector defined by providing services to meet new demands and challenges, and one which develops and makes use of new technologies, we welcome the European Commission’s ambition in its forthcoming New Consumer Agenda: consumers must be at the heart of the Green and Digital Transitions in Europe, responding to the most important challenges of today with a holistic and coherent vision on the role of consumers.

    6 October, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO Position Paper on the Review of the NIS Directive


    ETNO supports the European Commission’s global approach to cybersecurity reaffirmed in the “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” communication and welcomes the upcoming revised European Cybersecurity Strategy, including a review of the Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive).

    5 October, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO Position Paper on the European Commission's Renewed EU Sustainable Finance Strategy and Green Bond Standard

    Executive Summary 

    The telecommunications industry is a substantial enabler of the transition to the EU Green Deal. Telecommunication companies have invested and continue to invest heavily in the build-out and upgrade of energy efficient and high-speed network infrastructure, as well as in the growth of Digitalisation. They thus play a key role for achievement of the taxonomy’s first and so-far most-defined objective: “Climate change mitigation”.

    30 September, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO Policy Note: Licensing Mobile Spectrum

    Given the ongoing preparatory work by the European Commission and the RSPG on a new  multiannual radio spectrum policy programme and the wider European socio‐economic recovery  context, ETNO would like to provide its views and suggestions on the common efforts to accelerate the development of digital communications. This brief policy note should be considered as an initial contribution towards the future policy framework on licensing mobile spectrum.

    Read the ETNO Policy Paper by clicking the link below. 

    16 September, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO EP letter on internet shutdowns

    ETNO welcomed the European Parliament’s actions to raise the issue of internet shutdowns, more specifically in Belarus. This is a crucial issue for European telecom companies, who are hit hard whenever a government decides to mandate internet shutdowns. As we work on stepping up efforts to discourage such shutdowns, we provide here some important facts on the 2020 shutdowns in Belarus.

    Read more here

    16 September, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO - GSMA Position Paper on a New Competition Tool

    ETNO and GSMA associations, which represent the vast majority of telecom operators in the European Union, welcome the opportunity to provide input to DG Competition on the possibility to introduce a New Competition Tool (NCT). In summary, GSMA & ETNO European mobile and fixed telecom operator’s position on the matter and response to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment and questionnaire is as follows:

    9 September, 2020 Read more
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    A Telecoms Industry View on the Digital Services Act: Joint Position Paper by ETNO and GSMA

    In this digital age, the future of our democracies, societies and economies depends on digital ecosystems that are open, fair, competitive, and respectful of the rule of law.

    The adoption of digital technology brings the promise of addressing some of the biggest challenges of our times: climate change, inclusion, socio-economic growth – just to name a few.
    However, progress will only happen if digital industries are able to advance a purpose that goes beyond just delivering for narrow categories such as “users” or “consumers”. Digital technology needs to serve citizens.

    7 September, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO unveils European telecoms contribution to EU Green Deal debate

    ETNO has today published its contribution to one of the key policy initiatives of President von der Leyen’s European Commission: the EU Green Deal. The key message of ETNO’s Policy Paper is that high-quality telecom networks and services are not only the basis for digitalising Europe, but also a key catalyst for reaching ambitious climate targets. Europe’s green and digital objectives are not only compatible, but intimately connected: only by scaling up Europe’s action in the field of digitalisation, can we achieve the climate targets.

    24 June, 2020 Read more
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    European Commission's White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust (ETNO position paper)

    ETNO welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s White Paper on “Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust” (the “White Paper”), a key pillar of the Commission’s digital strategy for the next five years.

    15 June, 2020 Read more
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