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This 2024 edition of the State of Digital Communications Report paints a bittersweet picture. On the one hand, network innovation is starting to take-off and the investment by European telecoms operators is reaching historic levels. On the other hand, global competition in the connectivity value-chain has started biting Europe, and the financial health of the telecoms sector is far from improving.22 January, 2024 Read more
You can download the Executive Summary of the Report through this link.9 October, 2023 Read more
Following the publication of the European Commission’s Data Act proposals in February 2022, ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association, commissioned LE Europe, in partnership with Plum Consulting and Wiggin LLP, to produce a study on the impact of the Data Act proposal on European telecom operators.
The study investigated how the proposed new rules will affect the – existing and emergent – business models operated by ETNO members in the business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C) business-to government (B2G) and cloud and edge computing markets. Evidence for the study was gathered through a survey and interviews with ETNO members. The research was carried out over the summer of 2022.25 October, 2022 Read more
Europe’s digital infrastructure is undergoing a once-in-a-decade upgrade. At a time when citizens, businesses and political leaders acknowledge the critical importance of availability of digital services, Europe’s telecom operators are at the peak of the 5G investment cycle. Concurrently, Europe is facing complex crises and uncertainty, but one item on the EU agenda is rooted: achieving the “2030 Digital Decade” targets.
A new expert study published today by Brattle Group and commissioned by ETNO, titled “Efficiencies in Telecommunication Network Cooperations and Mergers” explores a wide range of efficiencies that could benefit European citizens and society. The efficiencies identified by Brattle Group go beyond merger proceedings (including efficiencies of cost, quality and infrastructure rollout) and explore further cooperation agreements and out-of-market efficiencies.
The main findings of the expert study are summarised below in a video interview with Kai-Uwe Kühn, Professor of Economics at the University of East Anglia, and Academic Advisor at Brattle Group:
Read the latest Brattle Group study for ETNO for more insights.11 October, 2022 Read more
Over the last decade, Internet use has become essential in the daily life of millions of Europeans, with data traffic consumption growing at double digits annually. This evolution has been supported by a massive transformation of fixed and mobile telecom networks, from the prevalent copper and 3G-based solutions of the early 2010s, to much more advanced Very High-Capacity Networks (‘VHCN’), including FTTH and 5G, consumers can now benefit from.2 May, 2022 Read more
Europe reaches key 5G and fibre milestones, but lags global peers
• In 2021, for the first time, FTTH coverage in Europe has passed the 50% mark and reached 51.6% of the total next generation access (NGA) connections
• The percentage of population covered by 5G in Europe has almost doubled between 2020 and 2021, reaching 62% last year compared to 30% the previous year
• However, all global peers have much higher shares of the population covered, with the US reaching 93.1% and South Korea reaching 93.9% coverage in 2021.
About this Report
Very High Capacity Networks (VHCN) lie at the heart of European Commission (EC) policy for the next decade (Digital Decade) and are essential for ensuring that Europe has resilient, secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure to underpin future prosperity. Upgraded networks are also integral to supporting the European Green Deal objectives and empower European citizens and businesses to promote rights and freedoms (supporting leisure, expression and interaction with public administration).
The EC has recently adopted ambitious Digital Compass targets of both full gigabit fibre network coverage for all European households and 5G coverage for all populated areas by 2030. The investment required to meet these targets is substantial. It has been estimated that an additional €150bn of investment is needed for full 5G rollout, while another €150bn is required to upgrade existing fixed infrastructure and roll out FTTH to gigabit speeds in Europe1. Given the scale of this investment, the EC needs to promote policies that incentivise VHCN deployment; such policies (including horizontal policies that apply to all sectors) need to be developed in a holistic, rather than piecemeal manner. Without this, Europe risks being unable to realise its full digital potential.
The aim of this report is therefore to identify and recommend improvements to European policies and regulations to better incentivise investment in VHCN, including policies related to the EC’s current consideration of changes to the Access/Costing recommendations. This includes policies within the fixed and mobile sectors as well as “horizontal” policies covering a wider number of sectors.
Read the full executive summary and report at the link below.
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