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ETNO members welcome progress on 2013 broadband development objective but share Commission’s concerns over declining network investment
Brussels – The digital scoreboard confirms a decline in revenue of telecoms operators and in their investments for the second year in row, despite rapidly increasing data traffic and consumer take up of broadband, says ETNO who represents leading investors in fast and ultra-fast broadband networks.
“Through their investments and public private partnerships, ETNO member companies are contributing to the Digital Agenda objective of universal broadband coverage by 2013 which is well on track. ETNO members are committed to deploy fast and ultra-fast networks by 2020 and call on the European Commission to create optimal conditions for network investments in the EU to increase”, says Luigi Gambardella, Chair of the ETNO Executive Board
The European Commission recognises in its digital scoreboard that ”the evolution of the access revenues from access to the network is in sharp contrast with the increasing revenues coming from activities taking place within the network themselves...”.
“This disconnection between traffic increase and revenue growth calls for a broader reflection on the economy of the sector and its impact on the future of the Internet. A new sustainable environment must be found through which all players of the Internet are encouraged to contribute to the challenge of investing in additional Internet capacity”, added Gambardella.
In order for the society and the economy as a whole to benefit from broadband, ETNO calls on the European Commission to:
ETNO’s 40 member companies from 35 European countries represent a significant part of total ICT activity in Europe. They account for an aggregate annual turnover of more than €250 billion and employ over one million people across Europe. ETNO companies are the main drivers of broadband and are committed to its continual growth in Europe.
For more information, please contact: Thierry Dieu, ETNO Communications Manager Tel: (32-2) 219 32 42 Fax: (32-2) 219 64 12 E-mail: email@example.com