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MNOs call on EU to rethink spectrum aspect of telecom reform

Monday 17 July 2017 | 08:49 CET | News

The CEOs of nine of the major mobile operators in Europe have expressed deep concern about the EU’s plans to implement the spectrum policy part of the proposed European Electronic Communications Code. In an open letter co-signed by the chief executives of KPN, Telenor, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Telia, Telekom Austria as well as industry group the GSMA, the operators emphasised the need for clear provisions addressing the predictability of future rights, above all minimum licence duration of 25 years coupled with a strong presumption of renewal.

They also called for an effective and efficient peer-review mechanism to spur the sharing of best practice over award design and procedures as well as the ability to compete, innovate and differentiate through voluntary spectrum sharing. Additional requests include a fee structure that reflects efficient and effective use of the spectrum as well as coverage commitments.

The letter, which was sent to all EU telecom ministers ahead of the European Council's informal telecommunications ministerial meeting to be held on 18 July in Tallinn, stressed that “failure to establish a well-functioning and investment-friendly spectrum framework risks stifling innovation, growth and development for decades to come."

Once adopted by the Industry, Research and Energy committee, the Electronic Communications Code is expected to go up for a vote in the full European Parliament before year-end

 



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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Deutsche Telekom / GSMA / KPN / Orange / Telecom Italia / Telefonica / Telenor / Telia / Vodafone
Countries: Europe
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