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European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association

Lead or lose

A vision for Europe's digital future

In summary
People, Planet, Prosperity

Europe stands at a crossroads regarding its digital future. The road we choose today will have a significant impact on the lives of European citizens in 2030.

Europe has lost as much as €100m in earnings (EBIT) each day to digital disruptors and telcos in other regions for the past 10 years, which has impoverished the bloc’s digital economy. But this can be changed if industry and regulators embrace transformation. The Accenture Strategy research for ETNO finds that Europe can gain up to €4bn a day by being at the centre of the digital ecosystem.

However, we need a digital overhaul of Europe’s industrial fabric and institutions. And this should be supported by urgent policy action that aims to promote equal competitive digital advantage across the region, as well as enable telcos to collaborate across an open ecosystem. Three areas of digital value creation have the potential to steer Europe onto the path into a successful digital future: an ecosystem around the Internet of Everything (IoE), pervasive low-latency networks and institutions that are recreated for the digital world. Read more about the 3 Foundational Capabilities for the Digital Age

Europe at a crossroads - opportunities and threats on the way into the digital age

Digital age
72M climate refugees due to rising sea levels, floods and droughts by 2030
Over half of current European jobs affected by digitalization
€100M in European telco EBIT lost every day to digital disruptors
-34% CO2e emissions in EU through digital solutions by 2030
11% of EU population to complete high-quality online courses in 2030
€4bn in value per day from digitalization for Europe

Research conducted for ETNO by

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