Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy underwhelming operators

Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy underwhelming operators

EU unviel's its Digital plans
Digital Single Market

European Union commissioners have released their ambitious strategy to create a Digital Single Market.  EU executives envisage a Digital Single Market across all member states sees codification of regulations “Digital” across multiple industry’s from online shopping delivery time to spectrum allocation and everything in between.  The concept is while encouraging; the vision would lower barriers to digital innovation and bureaucracy. 

From the EU Digital Single Market press release: The Digital Single Market Strategy adopted today includes a set of targeted actions to be delivered by the end of next year (see Annex). It is built on three pillars: (1) better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe; (2) creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; (3) maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

The overwhelming response from the Service Provider side of the industry is that the initiative is too opaque and rather fluffy.  The telecoms industry is looking for concrete signs (green lights) that they can go ahead and invest and their investments will be protected – and they want it fast. 

  • “If we are to ensure that Europe leads the digital race, swift and urgent action is needed as a follow-up to the strategy paper and ahead of the broader review of telecom rules, currently planned for 2016. The main drivers of such swift action should be further harmonisation as well as the removal of barriers to investing in network deployment,” said a statement from telco-backed lobby group ETNO.
  • Afke Schaart, vice president of GSMA Europe, said the EU “urgently needs to press ahead with the telecom review, ideally this year. “The GSMA is calling for clearer, investment-focused signals from the outset that indicate rapid action to bring about a fair and competitive EU telecom policy framework.”

Consensus – The industry is moving at the Digital speed the EU is not. 

More here…  [Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe paper ]

More Here… [TotalTelecom]

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