EU telecoms call for 'fast track regulatory reform' - report

Wednesday 17 June 2015 | 09:24 CET | News

The CEOs of some of Europe's biggest telecom operators have written to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, calling for urgent regulatory reform, the Financial Times reports. Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Orange and Telefonica are among the operators that asked the EU's Council to start a "fast track of targeted regulatory reforms". In particular, they want the "asymmetries" in regulation of traditional communications providers and internet players to be addressed, so both face the same playing field. 

The letter calls for a "profound and sustainable overhaul of the current telecoms rules, providing for a future-proof common framework for all digital services, taking into account dramatic changes in markets, consumers’ habits and new positions of market power in the digital economy". The letter, seen by the Financial Times, claims that "compared to other areas of the world the EU is the region facing the harshest regulation". 

The joint effort by operators comes ahead of an EU Council meeting next week, where leaders are expected to call for an "ambitious reform of the telecoms framework", according to a draft of the conclusions seen by the FT.  Telecoms companies are lobbying for deregulation of the industry rather than new rules. In particular, they want an end to wholesale access obligations on fixed broadband networks. The incumbents claim this will encourage investment.

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