During the FT-ETNO summit kick-off, CEOs from Europe’s top telecommunication companies took the opportunity to issue a joint statement. The EU should be a world leader in digital ensuring that all Europeans can tap into the digital opportunity.
While consumer demand, technology and markets will be the main drivers of change, policymakers and legislators have a critical role to play: help facilitate the actual roll-out and take-up of networks and services. As part of this, the upcoming legislative work on the Directive establishing a “European Electronic Communications Code” will prove crucial.
We call upon the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to drive the debate by setting two main objectives. First, ensure inclusive broadband investment to benefit consumers and secondly, achieve an innovation-centric framework.
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.