EP confirms that competition is the best trigger of investment in digital infrastructures – twice!
Brussels, 19 January 2016: Today, the European Parliament voted on the report on Towards a Digital Single Market Act by rapporteurs Kaja Kallas (ALDE, EE) and Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, DE).
This report offsets out the European Parliament’s position on all aspects of the Digital Single Market Strategy presented by the European Commission on 6 May 2015 and is characterised by a strong support for innovation- friendly policies and competition.
In particular, the report states that "increased competition has been associated with higher levels of infrastructure investment, innovation, choices and lower prices for consumers and businesses” and also makes clear that decreasing the level of competition on the market by allowing operators to consolidate will unlikely lead to more investments in networks.
This message was also reinforced by today’s vote of the report on the Annual report on EU Competition Policy by Werner Langen (EPP, DE), which emphasised that "competition in the telecommunications sector is essential not only to drive innovation and investment in networks, but also encourage affordable prices and choice in services for consumers; calls, therefore, on the Commission to safeguard competition in this sector, including in the allocation of spectrum;”
"ECTA welcomes this strong position of the European Parliament, which highlights the crucial role of competition to foster the roll-out of high-speed and very high speed networks. We need more competition not less if we want to achieve the ambitious targets of a fully Connected Europe” underlines Gijs Phoelich, Chairman of ECTA.
"These two reports send very clear and important messages just before the review of the EU’s telecoms rulebook said Erzsébet Fitori, Director of ECTA, as they both recall that the only way to boost the creation of a Digital Single Market is by enabling all players to compete and invest. This underlines that Europe needs effective regulation that promotes competition, be it in fixed broadband or in terms of spectrum policy. "
In order for Europe to be globally competitive in digital and to prevent us sliding back on telecoms competition strong regulation is needed to tackle the bottlenecks of fixed broadband networks and to enable new players to have a real chance to compete. This should be the top priority of the review of the telecoms framework so that all: citizens, businesses, and the European Union as a whole benefit from a data driven economy.
ECTA (the European Competitive Telecommunications Association - www.ectaportal.com) is the pan-European pro-competitive trade association that represents more than 100 of the leading challenger telecoms operators across Europe. For over a decade, ECTA has been supporting the regulatory and commercial interests of telecoms operators, ISPs & equipment manufacturers in pursuit of a fair regulatory environment that allows all electronic communications providers to compete on level terms. Our members have been the leading innovators in Internet services, broadband, business communications, entertainment and mobile.
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