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 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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    ETNO policy position on the European strategy for data

    Executive Summary

    This paper outlines ETNO’s views on the European Data Strategy, released by the Commission on 19 February 2020.  The document focuses on the Strategy’s approach to data access and sharing in the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) contexts, also including B2B competition issues linked to exclusive data access. Furthermore, we elaborate on investment in data infrastructures, with emphasis on a European cloud ecosystem.

    2 June, 2020 Read more
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    Building a digitally-enabled recovery

    Executive Summary

    This paper offers unique insights on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Europe’s top tech business: the telecom sector[1]. As we collectively work to re-design Europe’s vision and strategic plans for the coming years, ETNO puts forward facts, figures, analysis and ideas on how to reboot the EU socio-economic engine by leveraging telecom networks and digital services.

    1. The coronavirus crisis and the corresponding recession are testing not only Europe’s ambitions on digital networks and services, but also its policy and regulatory framework. A fresh look should be given on maintaining and boosting Europe’s investment capacity in new telecom networks and digital services.

    2. There is no recovery without ambitious plans for deep and widespread digitalization. Digitalization is the “missing” link that connects Europe’s recovery and growth plans with the EU Green Deal. We need concerted and bold effort to increase investment in 5G and fibre networks and ensure uptake of digital technologies by all industrial sectors, administrations and across all EU countries.

    3. The building site for Europe’s digital backbone is still open: the first step is to support and boost investment in 5G and fibre networks. We propose to develop a strategic focus on the following 4 key priorities:
      1. reduce the cost of roll-out (p.7)
      2. EU-wide good practices in spectrum allocation and use (p.8)
      3. align competition rules and digital aspirations (p.9)
      4. focus on inclusive connectivity (p.9)
    4. Fostering the European digital ecosystem, digital uptake and demand is as important as supporting supply. We propose to develop a strategic focus on the following 4 key areas:
      1. deeply digitalise Europe’s SMEs and public administration (p.10)
      2. involve consumers and promote adequate awareness and education on technology (p.11)
      3. pave the way for the creation of European digital leaders (p.12)
      4. unleash Europe’s potential in data-driven services (p.12)

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    [1] Forbes Digital 100 Index, 2019: of the 17 Europe-based brands, 11 are telecom operators and telecom equipment manufacturers.

    28 May, 2020 Read more
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    Public questionnaire for the 2019 Evaluation of the Research & Development and Specialisation Block Exemption Regulations

    ETNO position paper

    1. Horizontal Guidelines (“HGL”) - general

    The Horizontal Guidelines (“HGL”) provide valuable guidance with regards to self-assessment of horizontal co-operation agreements. However, in order to remain effective for the telecommunications sector, it is necessary to update them to cover new market situations related to digitalisation, increase investments and to encourage technical developments and innovation.

    9 April, 2020 Read more
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    ETNO – GSMA joint response to the OECD Update Statement

    ETNO and the GSMA provide their comments below in response to the ‘Statement by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS on the Two-Pillar Approach to Address the Tax Challenges Arising from the Digitalisation of the Economy’. 

    1 April, 2020 Read more
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