EU Open Internet Guidelines: let’s not slow down our 5G ambition
This week BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, published their Draft Open Internet Guidelines. ETNO shares the Open Internet principles and ETNO members are strong advocates of an innovation-conducive environment. The draft guidelines will be open to public consultation until 18 July 2016.
As Europe moves towards a 5G-scenario, telco regulation needs to allow enough space for innovators to launch new services and products such as connected cars, industrial sensors, e-Health facilities or IPTV.
The main aim of the telecom review must be to ensure high-qualified connectivity to all users explains MEP Boni. More pro-investment regulation, certainty and long-term, future-proof solutions are needed. There is a need for much more flexibility, co-regulation and better competitive conditions for the European telecoms markets. This is for the future, for 5G, for huge investments and for users.
ETNO has been the voice of Europe’s telecommunications network operators since 1992 and has become the principal policy group for European electronic communications network operators. Its 41 members and observers from Europe and beyond are the backbone of Europe’s digital progress. They are the main drivers of broadband and are committed to its continual growth in Europe. ETNO brings together the main investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing 60% of total sector investment.